William Gilbert “Bert” Dickson, 87, of Grand Forks, ND and formerly of Gilby, ND, died Monday, June 24, 2019 at Parkwood Senior Living, Grand Forks, ND surrounded by his family.
Bert was born August 19, 1931 in Grand Forks, ND to William James Dickson and Lula Rosalie “Dutchie” (Scott) Dickson. He became a big brother to Alan “Butch” at the age of one and David four years later. Bert had a happy childhood and often mentioned that he began driving at the tender age of three when help was needed during the potato harvest. Driving later became one of Bert’s favorite pastimes as long as he had one hand on the steering wheel and the other somewhere near his mouth. The habit was passed down to the next generation as most of his children and grandchildren drive the same way.
After graduating from Gilby High School in 1949, Bert attended North Dakota State University in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree in agriculture despite being a lifelong University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux fan. His education came in handy during his farming career. As a lifelong patriot, Bert served in the United States Army from 1954 – 1956. He was stationed in Panama as a company clerk.
In January of 1959, Bert was set up on a blind date with the love of his life, Nathalie “Nat” Loveid, at a mutual friend’s dinner party in Gilby. Although he wasn’t originally excited for the date, especially because he was tasked with taking Nat all the way home to Grand Forks after dinner, he fell in love with her red hair and sassy attitude, and the two were married the following January.
After their wedding, Bert and Nat began their life together in Gilby right next door to Bert’s mother, Dutchie, where they raised five children: Paul, Darla, Bill, Erik and Sara. He was an excellent father to his clan of redheads, and his kids often talk about how hard he worked as a farmer alongside his brother, Butch, and his uncle, Farmer, (minus “sinus week”), his love of whistling any tune in his head and his ability to make up random words at the drop of a hat. The family enjoyed summer vacations at Grace Lake, road trips around the United States and celebrating Bert’s birthday with a cake in the field. Bert was a devoted husband and would do just about anything his wife asked him to do – even if it meant driving 26 miles one way to pick up a pint of cream.
Politics was a lifelong passion of Bert’s, and he wasn’t afraid to make his opinions known. This passion inspired a successful run for office when he became the mayor of Gilby, the president of the school board, president of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association and an Elder in the Gilby church. Although Bert enjoyed being a bit of a homebody, Nat encouraged him to participate in a variety of activities including: singing in the Gilby church choir and with the Larimore Community Entertainers, volunteering as an EMT for Gilby Fire & Rescue, and lending a hand to anyone who needed it. During his 87 years, Bert was a Free Mason, a member of the Chanters group of the local Shriner chapter and served as president of the residential council at Parkwood Senior Living where he spent his final six years.
After their children had grown, Bert and Nat spent time visiting their children and grandchildren, being involved members of their community and enjoying their golden years as empty nesters. They were the gold star standard of a loving couple, and their bond was unlike any other.
Bert had nicknames for everyone, mostly because he had a hard time remembering his own family’s actual names, and in turn his grandchildren often called him Grand-Poo-Bah, which always put a smile on his face. Even after his beloved wife, Nat, passed away in 2016, he maintained a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. Bert loved to joke even until the very end. His dry sense of humor was passed down through generations and will live on through his five children and thirteen grandchildren.
He will be missed by many and is survived by his children Paul, Darla, Bill (JoLynn), Erik (Deb) and Sara (Mike); his grandchildren Aly, Ben, Kayla (Darin), Rebecca, Rachel (Jake), Tanner, Zander, Ryan, Gavin, Jacob, Tyler, Will and Dakota; his great-grandchildren Avery, Finn and soon to come Addison; and his brother David (Shirley). He was preceded in death by his parents William and Lula; his brother, Butch; his wife, Nat; and his son-in-law Kevin Schmidt.
A visitation service will be held Friday, June 28 from 10:00am to noon at Amundson Funeral Home (2975 South 42nd Street, Grand Forks, ND), and a memorial service will be held later that afternoon at 2:30pm at Gilby Presbyterian Church (125 3rd Street, Gilby, ND).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bert’s name may be made to: Gilby Presbyterian Church (P.O. Box 216, Gilby, ND 58235), Gilby Fire & Rescue (P.O. Box 63, Gilby, ND 58235) and the Gilby Park Board (P.O. Box 86, Gilby, ND 58235).
Janice C. Ledbury, age 83 of Grafton, ND passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton, ND.
Janice Carol Ledbury was born in Kelso, North Dakota on June 13, 1936 to Burnon Gisvold and Ruth (Johnson) Gisvold. She is survived by her brother Jack Gisvold of Renton, WA and sister, Beverly Temple of San Diego, CA. Her children include Diane Mercil of Menomonie, WI, Gerald Ledbury of Des Moines, IA and Barbara Ledbury of Mooresville, NC. Her grandchildren include Jennifer Ledbury (Rob Conn) of Des Moines, IA, Andrew Mercil of Menomonie, WI and Peter Mercil of Augusta, GA. Also surviving is Dean Demester of Grafton, ND her partner and companion. Her nieces and nephews on the West Coast were very special to her along with Shanna Ruth (Gisvold) Trosen of Grand Forks who visited her often. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Elwood and Dean.
Janice was a long-time resident of Grafton, ND where she was a business owner of Stan’s Café, and worked at the Development and VA Centers in Grafton. She has been an active member of Grafton Lutheran Church and volunteered in many community organizations and activities. She brought fun and creativity to everything she did.
Janice was particularly interested in history, and conducted research on family origins and her Norwegian heritage. She fulfilled a life dream by making a thrilling trip to Norway in 2000 to attend an immigration festival in Orkdahl and meet relatives in Trondheim.
Her legacy is a loving family that includes writers, artists, and musicians who frequently hum and sing advertisements.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Tuesday for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Barbara Kay Peterson, 79, of Drayton and formerly of Langdon, North Dakota passed away at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks on Wednesday June 19th, 2019. Barbara Kay Seivert was born September 17, 1939 in Cando, North Dakota to Richard and Elda (Juvrud) Seivert. Barbara was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She grew up in Egeland, North Dakota and graduated from high school there in 1947. Barbara went on to attend Deaconess Nursing College in Grand Forks. On December 12, 1958 she was united in marriage to Gerald Peterson. The couple settled in Denver, Colorado and lived there for over 2 years before moving to Grand Forks. After leaving Grand Forks they settled in Langdon. Barbara began working in the Cavalier Memorial Hospital in 1970 and was a health unit coordinator there until her retirement in 2013. Gerald passed away on October 12, 2011. Barbara was a member of United Lutheran Church while in Langdon and sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the “Sweet Adelines”.
She is survived by children, Rocky (Mauricia) Peterson, Frederick, CO, Robby (Nicole) Peterson, Fairview, MT, Kerri (Brett) VanCamp, Drayton, Kristi (Kevin) Juhl of Drayton; grandchildren, Stacey, Brandon, Rebecca, Rachel, Brecken, Jerica, Alexandra and John; brothers, Richard (Sue) Seivert II, Canton, OH and Tennis (Irene) Seivert; a sister, Marjorie (Barry) Carlson, Trimont, MN; as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Drayton Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Lebanon Cemetery, Langdon. Pastor Jon Dryburgh, presiding. Casket bearers will be Matthew Ott, Adam Mortenson, Kevin Juhl, Brett VanCamp, Fred Peterson and Alex Carlson. Visitation will be held at Austin Funeral Chapel in Drayton on Friday evening, June 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00.
Allen Charles Groven, 85, of Windsor, Colorado, formerly of Grafton, North Dakota, passed away May 21, 2019 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.
Allen was born April 20, 1934, in Grafton, N.D. to Albert and Mae (Thompson) Groven. After graduating from Grafton High School in 1952, Allen joined the US Army where he was a Track Vehicle Specialist. On May 17, 1957, he married the love of his life, Monica Houska, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Grafton.
Allen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. in 1960. He went on to work as a civil engineer and forest engineer for the US Forest Service for over 30 years.
Allen loved his family and fully supported them in all of their endeavors. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, camping, skiing, canoeing, gardening and hiking. He was a long-standing member of the National Rifle Association and American Legion, Post #41. Along with his love of the outdoors, he patiently shared his wisdom, experience and deep faith with his family, friends and hundreds of young men through his long-term and active involvement with the Boy Scouts of America.
Allen is survived by his wife of 62 years, Monica Groven; children Paul (Connie) Groven of Olympia, Wash., Annette (Vince) Tannel of Windsor, Colo., Michelle (Eric) Groven Nelson of Redford, Mich., and Chris (Ruth) Groven of Geneva, Ill; grandchildren Shannah, Allyson, Marissa, Jessica, Nathan, Cori Anne, Mitchell, Stephanie, Luke, Carl, Elaine, Monica, Mary, Reier, Leah, and Ellie; eleven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-father Henry Lian; sister-in-law Dolores Robinson; brothers-in-law Phil Robinson and Forrest Isaacson.
Memorial services will be Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at the Grafton Lutheran Church of Grafton, ND. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery of rural Hoople, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Allen’s honor to the Boy Scouts of America or the American Heart Association.
Harris W. Olson, 90, of Drayton, ND passed away Wednesday June 19, 2019 at Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton, ND.
Harris was born May 14, 1929 in Robbin, MN to Willard and Mabel (Brew) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Drayton Lutheran Church. Harris attended school in St. Thomas and Drayton, ND. Early in life Harris worked on his uncle’s farm. In 1945 he started working for Northern Pacific Railroad. He enlisted in the Army in 1948. In 1950 he was deployed to Korea, but rarely spoke of his service. Something that stood out to his family was that he landed in Korea with 150 men in his company and he was 1 of 13 that returned home. He received many accolades including the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars. After four years he was Honorably Discharged from the Army. He returned to Drayton and married Anna Margaret Stensland. He continued working with Northern Pacific/Burlington Northern Railroad. In 1990 he received the Presidential Award, the highest honor given to a Burlington Northern employee. He retired shortly after that. In 1973 he married Lorraine (Mattson) Thompson. Harris and Lorraine shared a love of dancing, fishing, canning, making lefse, watching and listening to University of North Dakota Hockey and Minnesota Twins Baseball. Harris had a very soft heart for animals and was living his best life with a dog in his lap. Rocky Point at Lake of the Woods is where they would spend their summers and it held a special place in their hearts. But nothing meant more to Harris then spending time with his family and friends.
Harris is survived by his children - Nancy (Todd) Woinarowicz, Drayton, ND; Chris (Marcia) Olson, Grafton, ND; Richard (Susan) Thompson, Mascoutah, IL; Robert (Joanne) Thompson, Morris, MN; Shelly (Mike) Stewart, Baudette, MN; Renae (Ron) Tveit, Warroad, MN. Grandchildren-Dylan Woinarowicz, Melissa (Kevin Hopke) Blanchard, Cory (Melissa Agnew) Blanchard, Claire Olson, Kim (Michael) Magathan, Kara (Jonathan) Loden, Kelly (Thomas) Beasley, Kristen (Craig) Meng, Allison (Dan) Lenmark, Angela (Kyle) Vershey, Alissa (Barnaby) Allen, Justin (Sara) Tveit, Whitney (Grant) Rasmussen, along with twenty-one Great Grandchildren. Harris was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine (May 24, 2019), daughter Becky, great granddaughter Sophia Lenmark, parents Willard and Mabel Olson and two infant daughters.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Drayton Lutheran Church, Drayton, ND. Visitation will be Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Drayton City Cemetery. Military Rites will be provided by the North Dakota National Guard.
Angeline M. Burger, age 99 of Park River, ND passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Park River Good Samaritan Center.
Angeline Marie Cicha was born July 22, 1919 in Veseleyville, ND the daughter of the late Joseph and Eleanor (Vesley) Cicha. She attended rural school near Veseleyville and attended the Walsh County Agricultural School in Park River. She worked housekeeping prior to her marriage to Everett Burger on November 4, 1941 in Park River. The couple made their home in Park River where they worked as custodians for the Park River Schools until retiring in 1979. The couple spent winters in Seattle with their children. Everett passed away on September 27, 1985. Angeline moved to the Good Samaritan Center in June of 1992.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Altar Society, the First Care Health Center Auxiliary and the Park River American Legion Auxiliary. She was proud of the fact the she had the award for the most poppy sales one year. Angie took great pride in her family and loved doing charitable works.
Angeline is survived by her children: Ronald (Janel) Burger, Castle Rock, WA; Lenora Swartz, Phoenix, AZ and Monica (Duane) Halverson, Seattle, WA; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and her brother; Sylvester (Cheiko) Cicha, Seattle WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and nine siblings and spouses.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Park River. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 with a rosary service at 7:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River. Friends may also call at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Park River, ND.
Samuel O. Thorsell, age 12, of Grafton and Park River, ND passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at his father’s home in Park River, ND.
Samuel Oscar Thorsell was born June 16, 2006 in Grand Forks, ND the son of Craig Thorsell and Jana West Thorsell. He grew up in the Grafton and Park River area and had just completed the sixth grade at the Grafton Elementary School. Sam enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his bike and spending time with family and friends. He loved to help with the Faith and Care group at the Grafton Lutheran Church.
Samuel is survived by his parents: Craig Thorsell (Jean Vejtasa), Park River, ND; Jana Thorsell (Jason Haats), Grafton, ND; siblings: Kaden Thorsell, Park River, ND; Taryn Thorsell, Park River, ND; Alexis Cudmore, Grafton, ND; Amelia Haats, Grafton, ND; Easton Haats, Grafton, ND; paternal grandparents: Gary and Marilyn Thorsell, Larimore, ND; maternal grandmother, Avis West, Grafton, ND. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Richard West; uncles: Michael Thorsell and Carl Ferber and cousins: Vance Bakke and Andrew Bakke.
Funeral services will be Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Grafton Lutheran Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Grafton Lutheran Cemetery.
Kenneth L. “Kenny” Wilson, age 63 of Grafton, ND, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 in Grafton, ND.
Kenny was born September 15, 1955 to Homer and Lillian Wilson. He went to school in Driscoll, ND.
Kenny for the last 20 years was employed by Marvin Windows, but more importantly, for the last 30 years, was “Keeper of the Keys” at the Extra End Sports Bar.
Kenny was loved by everyone he met, and anyone who met him was better off after their visit with Kenny, who was always entertaining.
Kenny had many joys, first of all his was his cats. He always enjoyed the jukebox with his best friend Tom Olson. When Kenny was on the job, nobody touched the TVs. He enjoyed the Denver Broncos and NASCAR. His humor and drink pricing will be missed by the round table. Along with his two ND Bull Riding Championships, he enjoyed his yearly trips with Tad and John and will leave a big void in the lives of everyone that knew him.
Kenny will be deeply missed by his sisters; Florence, Colorado Springs, Luella, Marjorie, Linda and Jeanette (Mike), all of Bismarck and all of his nieces and nephews. Family was very important to Kenny including his all of his friends in Grafton.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, sister Thelma, brothers Warren and David, and brother-in-laws Lloyd Binder and John Corbin.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 4-6:30 at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton.
Kristie “Kris” R. Hughes, age 60 of Grafton, ND and formerly St. Thomas, ND passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019 at her home.
Kristie Roxann Wagner was born December 30, 1958 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the daughter of Irene (Seidler) Wagner and the late Melvin Wagner. She was raised in Grand Forks and graduated from Red River High School. She attended the University of North Dakota and graduated with a degree in Speech Pathology.
In 1991, Kris met Lynn Hughes and their great love began. Kris and Lynn spent the last 28 years raising children, making memories, and enjoying the adventure of life. Along the way Kris worked at the St. Thomas Café, the Hoople Café, managed a convenience store, and worked for Life Skills and Transition Center. Kris loved her family. Spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren was her favorite past time.
Kris is survived by her husband Lynn; children: Matthew (Carrie) Hughes, Jen Thompson (Greg Shane), and Michael (Gregoria) Lande, all of Grafton, ND; grandchildren: Preston and Ethan Hughes and Shawn Thompson; mother: Irene Wagner of Grand Forks, ND; sister: Tracy (Greg) Wicken of Grand Forks, ND. She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin.
Memorial services will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 5-7 with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Inurnment will be at the St. Thomas City Cemetery, St. Thomas, ND.
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