Ross T. Anderson
Ross Anderson, age 79, of Grafton, ND passed away on April 28th, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family and listening to John Denver. Ross was born on September 17th, 1943 in Grafton, the son of the late Earl and Ione (Midgarden) Anderson. He was baptized, confirmed, and a lifelong member of South Trinity Lutheran Church.
He attended grade school at Sinkler country school and graduated from the Walsh County Ag School in Park River in 1961. Following high school, he graduated from the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND in the printing program (he always said he chose printing because the line for farming was too long).
After graduating, he started his own printing business, Anderson Printing Company, in Janesville, WI. While in Wisconsin, he met Colleen Brady and they were married at the Church By the Side of the Road in Rockton, IL on April 21st, 1979. Ross made many lifelong friends during his time in Wisconsin including the Sunny Slope School House gang.
He returned to Walsh County in 1981 to join his father and brother on the family farm to raise seed potatoes, sugarbeets, and grain. In addition to farming, he and Colleen owned Valley Farm Toys and traveled the region selling farm toys and making many friends along the way.
Ross was always up for a good time whether it was an ice fishing trip, catching up with friends at the Legion, attending Saturday “board meetings” at JR’s in Oakwood, or camping at Larimore Dam.
Football was an event that brought his family together whether it was cheering on the Green Bay Packers, at home, as an official shareholder, trips to Lambeau Field, or a road trip to Frisco, TX to cheer on the North Dakota State Bison.
He was happiest around a campfire surrounded by family and friends with a cooler by his side.
In recent years, he loved keeping busy in the yard, going for coffee with the guys at Nash Grain, spending time with his six grandchildren, and going for a ride with Colleen.
A special memory of his was taking his 89 year-old mother to Norway in 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen, Grafton, ND; children: Shelly Anderson (David Wickert), Stone Mountain, GA, Melissa (Matthew) Oppegard, Park River, ND, Lindsey Anderson, St. Thomas, ND, Megan (Davis) Thompson, Park River, ND; grandchildren: Shelby and Carter Wickert, Ellie, Myla, and Jude Thompson, and Adelyn Oppegard; sister: Genell (Wayne) Jallo, Fordville, ND; many in-laws, nieces and nephews, and cousins. Ross was preceded in death by his parents, brother Vance, mother and father-in-law, and aunts and uncles.
The family would like to thank First Care Health Center of Park River and Hospice of the Red River Valley and would appreciate memorials given to those organizations in lieu of flowers.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at South Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Grafton, at a later date. The service will be live streamed on the Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Facebook page.
An online guestbook is available at www.tollefsonfuneralhome.com
The Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton is in charge of the arrangements.
Paul A. DeSautel
Paul A. DeSautel, age 80 of Grafton, ND passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at the Altru Hospital of Grand Forks, ND.
Paul A. DeSautel was born Aug 2, 1942 in Grafton, ND the son of the late Earl and Emma Lou (Minden) DeSautel. The family moved to Puyallop, WA where he grew up and attended school. He served as a combat medic in the US Navy from 1960-1962. Upon his discharge he returned to Washington and attended the University of Washington where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He married Karen Berry and the couple made their home in Tacoma, WA where he worked as a bank manager. The couple moved to Kansas in 1999 and Karen passed away in 2000. Paul married Beverly Lamont on January 2, 2003 in Wichita, KS. The couple moved to Grafton in 2018. Beverly passed away in 2019.
Paul is survived by his sons: Kelly (Lynnette) DeSautel, Cavalier, ND and Daniel DeSautel, Wichita, KS; grandchildren: Krystal, Robert and Audrey and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wives.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery Grafton, ND. Military rites will be provided by the Grafton American Legion and the US Naval Honor Guard.
Raymond L. Onstad
Raymond L. Onstad, age 89 of Park River, North Dakota, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the Good Samaritan Society of Park River.
Raymond Onstad was born on October 12, 1933, in Walhalla, N.D., to the late Louis and Ethel (McMurray) Onstad. He was raised on the family farm, just outside of Park River. He graduated from the Walsh County Agriculture School with the class of 1951. After graduation, Raymond farmed with his father and with local farmers. In November 1956, he was called to service in the United States Army, serving two years. After his discharge, he returned home to Park River. In 1960, Raymond took over the family farm.
Raymond was united in marriage to Darlene Gutterud on September 2, 1967, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg, N.D. They made their home on the farm until moving into Park River in 1977. In the early 1970s, Raymond and his brothers, Donald and Marvin, formed the Onstad Brothers farm operation. He also worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service in Park River. After 26 years of service, he retired. Raymond and his brother, Marvin, continued to tend their crops and livestock for many years. Raymond retired from farming after the 2011 crop production year at age 77.
Raymond was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River. He was an avid stamp and coin collector and a dedicated Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. He also regularly visited the local Cenex and Welch’s Bakery for coffee time.
Raymond will be missed dearly by his wife of 55 years, Darlene, Park River, N.D.; children: Steven (Linda) Onstad, Grand Forks, N.D., and Lori (Jeff) Dittmer, Mankato, Minn.; grandchildren: Eric Onstad, Heather Onstad, Ian Dittmer, and Emily Dittmer; sisters-in-law: Bernice Onstad, Lynnwood, Wash., and Mavis Onstad, Bemidji, Minn., as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Donald Onstad and Marvin Onstad; mother and father-in-law, Norris and Norma Gutterud; and brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Barb Gutterud. Raymond was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 8, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Military rites will be provided by the North Dakota National Guard Honor Guard. Burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery of Park River.
The family requests memorials be gifted to either the First Care Health Center or the Good Samaritan Society.
Walter Ratchenski, 91, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Monday, April 24, 2023, at Unity Medical Center, Grafton, ND. Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Friday, April 28, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Don Murray, 68, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Monday, April 17, 2023, at his home in rural Cavalier. Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cavalier Baptist Church, Cavalier. Visitation will be held Friday, April 21, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 6:45 time of sharing at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND.
Donald Wayne Murray was born April 1, 1955, to Robert and Frances (McEwen) Murray in Altona, Manitoba. Donny was proud of his dual citizenship.
Donny attended and graduated from Hamilton High School in 1973. He furthered his education at NDSCS studying to be a mechanic. Donny often spoke about at an early age how he would work for area farmers. He like his dad could fix or operate any equipment of any kind, which he passed on to his son Joe. He had a passion for the land and what it could produce. Donny attended the Cavalier Baptist Church.
In June of 1976 Donny married Kathryn Sargent. Donny adopted Angel and Jason, and together they had Joseph Robert in May 1977.
On February 14, 2009, Donny married Michelle Hardy. This past year they celebrated their golden anniversary, 14 years on the 14th.
Donny worked for and managed Murray Bean Plant and other bean plants in different areas. He then worked for Hamilton Systems for 17 years, retiring in 2021. Donny spent his retirement working with Joe in the cattle, farming, and enjoying time with family.
Fishing with Joe and the grandkids on Father’s Day, or with Diane and Ron in the boat or on the ice was something Donny enjoyed so very much.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle; son, Joe (Steph); daughter, Angel; grandchildren: Lexi (Cody), Joey, Devi, Jaxon, Dylan, and Brooklyn; sisters: Kathy (Bruce) Redanbaugh, Diane (Ron) Schillinger, Judy (Jim) Maurer, and Patty (Mike) Ahern; brother and sisters-in-law: Gary (Faye) Hardy, Joe (Norine) Hardy, John (Becky) Hardy, Todd Hardy, Brenda (Bob) Mitzel, and Rita (Brian) Visser, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Jason; grandparents, and mother and father-in-law.
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Leonard E. Urlaub
Leonard E. Urlaub, 91, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2022, at the Pembilier Nursing Center in Walhalla. Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla.
Leonard E. Urlaub was born in the Langdon-Osnabrock area at the farm home of his parents, George & Blanche (Beauchamp) Urlaub. The family moved to Leyden and later near Svold. He attended several rural schools, including the Svold school. He went to Cavalier High School one year, then continued at Park River Agricultural School, after which he was employed by local farmers. On December 22, 1953, he was united in marriage to Jessie Belanus. They lived near Hensel and Mountain until December 1956 when they purchased the Mobil Service Station in Walhalla. Later, he opened several businesses there, joined many of the civic organizations and was especially active in Knights of Columbus.
Some of his favorite things to do were hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, gardening, golf, bowling, playing pinochle, spending time with his grandchildren and was an avid fan of football.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Jessie, sons Martin (Laurie) Urlaub, West Fargo; Joel (Sandy) Urlaub, Walhalla; Grandchildren: Samantha (Thomas) Johnson, Walhalla; Marcus (Malissa) Urlaub, Christopher (Nikki) Urlaub, both in Bloomington, MN and Nicholas (Marissa) Urlaub in Grand Forks; Great Grandchildren: Jaxon Suedel & Mckenna Johnson; Camille & Jack Urlaub; and twin boys soon to arrive; Siblings: Leona Bielinski and Wayne (Kris) Urlaub in Washington State; Delores Kenny, Chicago; Mercedes Hayward, Florida; and Karen Cavallaro, Arizona; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sisters Lorraine Vivatson, Elaine Cook, Anna Mae Saunders and brother George Urlaub. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery at a later date.
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Lucille Eyrikson, 87, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at the Pembilier Nursing Center in Walhalla, ND. Memorial serivice will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church, Walhalla, ND. Vistitation at the church on Friday from noon until the time of services.
Lucille Marie Schwartz was born January 20, 1936 in Beaulieu Township to Alvin
and Pamelia (Dumas) Schwartz. She grew up in the Walhalla area and attended Walhalla Public School.
Lucy married Magnus Eyrikson on December 30, 1958 at Walhalla, ND. She was a daycare provider for
several years as she loved spending time with little children and said that the children brought in the
sunshine-especially her two grandchildren. Lucy was a member of the Walhalla Lutheran Church and
taught Sunday School for several years; she especially enjoyed helping with the quilting projects and
making lefse and volunteering with church upkeep. Lucy was a member of the Walhalla Order of the
Eastern Star and held several offices throughout the years. As a homemaker, she loved to cook delicious
meals and enjoyed canning and baking breads, vienerterte and pies. She and Magnus enjoyed making
lefse together. Lucy spent a lot of the summertime gardening and tending to her flowers and yard.
Lucy is survived by her daughter, Elsie (Larry) Grossman, Northwood, ND; grandchildren, Corey
Grossman, Fargo, ND and Rachel (Casey) Smith, Grand Forks, ND, several nieces and nephews and sister-
in-law, Lavonne Schwartz. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Magnus, who passed
in 2006; her parents; brothers, Richard, Raymond, Alex, Gilbert and Rolland and sisters, Alnoria Kalis,
Angeline Kalis and Loretta Roppel.
Michael Scott Bjornson
Michael Scott Bjornson, age 52 of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Saint Thomas, ND passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at his home in Grand Forks.
Michael Bjornson was born January 26, 1971 in Park River, ND, the son of the late Darrell and LuJune (Papenfuss) Bjornson. The family moved to Saint Thomas in 1975 where attended school, graduating from Saint Thomas High School in 1989. He went on to attend Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN. Following his education, he returned to Saint Thomas and worked with his dad at Saint Thomas Flying Service. He also worked for Heritage Ford, Swanson Motors. He was united in marriage to Wendy McDonald on May 1, 1999. He then worked as an over the road trucker for his dad and S & S Transport. Most recently he worked for American Crystal Sugar and Simplot after moving to Grand Forks in 2020.
He had a passion for racing and started racing Hobby Stocks in the early 1980’s. He moved to racing Late Models in 1988 which he continued racing until 2002. After he stopped competing, he still enjoyed attended races at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. He also enjoyed camping, spending time with family and friends and playing with the family dogs.
Mike is survived by his children: Blake Bjornson, Grafton, ND, Natalie Bjornson, Grand Forks, ND and Jaxon Bjornson, Grafton, ND; brothers: Mathew Bjornson(Jennipher VanHorn), West Fargo, ND and Tim (Taryn) Bjornson, Grafton, ND; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and 2 great nephews with one more on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 3-5 PM with a prayer service at 5:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Inurnment will be at the Saint Thomas City Cemetery in the spring.
Kerry Lynn Martinson
Kerry Lynn Martinson, age 59, of Norfolk, VA, moved on to his forever home, Saturday March 25, 2023, at his residence from natural causes.
Kerry Lynn Martinson was born June 1, 1963 in Grafton, ND, the son of the late Martin and Violet Martinson. He lived with his family in St. Thomas, ND where he graduated from St. Thomas High School. Kerry was united in marriage to Jennifer Martinson on December 24, 2017 in Norfolk, VA. He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He was a kind, diligent, respectable, dedicated, generous, quiet, and strong man. He was a loving husband, brother, son, father, uncle and friend.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Jennifer Martinson, Norfolk, VA; four children: Shane (Misty) Wagner, Superior, WI; Chasidie (Dave) Ratliff, Wahpeton, ND; Philip Brown, Norfolk, VA; Justin Brown, Lisbon, ND; two sisters: Marilyn (Robert) Watkins, Minneapolis, MN; Faith Wheeler, Minneapolis, MN; two brothers: Allen (Myrna) Martinson, Grafton, ND; Dale (Sue) Martinson, Grafton, ND; Aunt, Connie (Bill) Mantor, Fridley, MN; Aunt, Wanda Thompson, Long Prairie, MN; and 16 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Violet Martinson, his brother-in-law, Richard Wheeler; his nephew, Nathan Martinson and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Kerry will be having two services. Funeral services being held in Norfolk, Virginia will be Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. with a visitation at 5:00 P.M. at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 8464 Tidewater Drive Norfolk, VA. Funeral services being held in Grafton, North Dakota will be held Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at the Grafton Lutheran Church, 143 W 5th St, Grafton, ND 58237. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Marlowe J. Simon
Marlowe J. Simon, age 62 of Park River, ND, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the First Care Health Center of Park River.
Marlowe Simon was born November 22, 1960 in Park River, ND, the son of the late Orvaille and Alfreda (Mueller) Simon. He lived with his parents in their home until July, 1967 when he moved to the Grafton State School, now known as the Life Skills and Transition Center. He moved to a CHI Friendship group home in 1985 in Park River, where he was presently living.
He worked with Friendship job coaches at several area work places and the Friendship Day Program.
He enjoyed going to church with family and staff and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Park River. He loved going for rides and stopping to pick up a pop, watching hockey and the Vikings football games. He also enjoyed wearing dress clothes and going to work and he liked to tease everyone.
Marlowe is survived by his siblings: Faye (George) Moen, Park River, ND; Cheryl (Tim) Daley, Park River, ND; Arlen Simon, Park River, ND; Lynette (Alleyn) Olsonoski, Apache Junction, AZ; Curtis (Candy) Simon, Park River, ND; sister-in-law, Marilyn Simon, Park River, ND. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Luetta Simon, brothers: Mervin, Keith, Gerald and Alan Simon and sister-in-law, Monica Simon.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Park River. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Park River, in the spring.
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