Obituaries – Devil's Lake Daily Journal (2024)

Obituaries – Devil's Lake Daily Journalhttps://www.devilslakejournal.comLocal News, Politics & Sports in Devils Lake, NDTue, 02 Jul 2024 16:59:24 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=6.3.5https://www.devilslakejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/dlj-favicon-152px-150x150.webpObituaries – Devil's Lake Daily Journalhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com3232 Dennis Ramseyhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5620/dennis-ramsey/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5620/dennis-ramsey/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Tue, 02 Jul 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5620/dennis-ramsey/<![CDATA[

Dennis J. Ramsey, age 62 of Devils Lake, ND, passed away Monday, June 24, 2024, at his home in Devils Lake.

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Dennis J. Ramsey, age 62 of Devils Lake, ND, passed away Monday, June 24, 2024, at his home in Devils Lake.

Dennis Jay Ramsey was born June 27, 1961, in Park River, ND, the son of Dorothy (Momerak) Ramsey and the late Kenneth Ramsey. He graduated from Park River High School and attended North Dakota State University. Dennis began his career with the North Dakota Department of Transportation working in Rolla, ND. After his promotion he moved to Devils Lake and continued working for NDDOT until his retirement. He continued to live in Devils Lake and was the manager at Fairview Grocery and worked as a cook at Eventide Nursing home.

He was a member and former Fire Chief for the Rolla Fire Department. He was actively involved with 4-H and FFA while in school. Dennis enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved cooking, woodworking and loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Dorothy Ramsey, Park River, ND; siblings: David (Jayne) Ramsey, Park River, ND; Robert (Debbie) Ramsey, Alexandria, MN; Dean Ramsey, Park River, ND; Rennae (Duane Stroot) Ramsey, Crookston, MN; brother-in-law: Monty (Kari) Novak, Park River, ND; step-daughter: Daisha Herbel, Bottineau, ND; step grandchildren: Isaac and Mya Herbel. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many extended family also survive. He was preceded in death by his father, siblings: Rick Ramsey and Gail Novak, grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Memorial services and visitation were held Monday, July 1, 2024 at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Park River, ND. Inurnment was at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Park River, ND.

An online guestbook is available at www.tollefsonfuneralhome.com

The Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River is in charge of the arrangements.

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Dennis Ramseyhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5621/dennis-ramsey-2/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5621/dennis-ramsey-2/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Tue, 02 Jul 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5621/dennis-ramsey-2/<![CDATA[

Dennis J. Ramsey, age 62 of Devils Lake, ND, passed away Monday, June 24, 2024, at his home in Devils Lake.

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Dennis J. Ramsey, age 62 of Devils Lake, ND, passed away Monday, June 24, 2024, at his home in Devils Lake.

Dennis Jay Ramsey was born June 27, 1961, in Park River, ND, the son of Dorothy (Momerak) Ramsey and the late Kenneth Ramsey. He graduated from Park River High School and attended North Dakota State University. Dennis began his career with the North Dakota Department of Transportation working in Rolla, ND. After his promotion he moved to Devils Lake and continued working for NDDOT until his retirement. He continued to live in Devils Lake and was the manager at Fairview Grocery and worked as a cook at Eventide Nursing home.

He was a member and former Fire Chief for the Rolla Fire Department. He was actively involved with 4-H and FFA while in school. Dennis enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved cooking, woodworking and loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Dorothy Ramsey, Park River, ND; siblings: David (Jayne) Ramsey, Park River, ND; Robert (Debbie) Ramsey, Alexandria, MN; Dean Ramsey, Park River, ND; Rennae (Duane Stroot) Ramsey, Crookston, MN; brother-in-law: Monty (Kari) Novak, Park River, ND; step-daughter: Daisha Herbel, Bottineau, ND; step grandchildren: Isaac and Mya Herbel. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many extended family also survive. He was preceded in death by his father, siblings: Rick Ramsey and Gail Novak, grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Memorial services and visitation were held Monday, July 1, 2024 at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Park River, ND. Inurnment was at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Park River, ND.

An online guestbook is available at www.tollefsonfuneralhome.com

The Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River is in charge of the arrangements.

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Arlene McDougallhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5624/arlene-mcdougall/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5624/arlene-mcdougall/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Tue, 02 Jul 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5624/arlene-mcdougall/<![CDATA[

Arlene Ada (Scott) McDougall, 87, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday March 13, 2024, in Meridian, Idaho. She was preceded in passing by her husband of 53 years, Jack Neil McDougall, and her daughter-in-law, Lyndi McDougall. Arlene is survived by all three of her children: James McDougall of Maple Valley, Washington; Alley Greymond of Seattle, Washington; and Laura (and Craig) Coe of San Jose, California, as well as six grandchildren Daniel, Lauren, D’Ann, Bonnie, Whitney, and Gary, and nine Great-Grandchildren.

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Arlene Ada (Scott) McDougall, 87, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday March 13, 2024, in Meridian, Idaho. She was preceded in passing by her husband of 53 years, Jack Neil McDougall, and her daughter-in-law, Lyndi McDougall. Arlene is survived by all three of her children: James McDougall of Maple Valley, Washington; Alley Greymond of Seattle, Washington; and Laura (and Craig) Coe of San Jose, California, as well as six grandchildren Daniel, Lauren, D’Ann, Bonnie, Whitney, and Gary, and nine Great-Grandchildren.

Arlene was born in 1936 and was raised on the family farm in Starkweather, ND. She was preceded in passing by her parents, Francis and Louisa (Ames) Scott, and her six siblings: Walter Scott, Loretta Courtney, Esther Tronnes, Mazie Loehr, Carol Jabs, and Arden Scott.

After High School, Arlene earned a Rural Teacher’s Certificate from Mayville State Teacher’s College. She taught grades 1-8 in a one-room, 22-student rural schoolhouse in Fort Totten, ND. After one year, she determined that neither teaching nor the bitter cold winters of North Dakota were for her. She moved to reside near her older sister Loretta Courtney in Seattle, WA, where she was introduced to Jack McDougall. Jack and Arlene married in April 1957 and started a family. In 1961, they bought a home in the North Queen Anne neighborhood, where they raised their family. In 1969, Arlene earned a bookkeeping certificate from Seattle Central Community College and was subsequently employed as a Full Charge Bookkeeper until her retirement in 2001. In 2004, they relocated to Everett, where Jack passed away in 2010. Arlene remained in their Everett home until 2019 before relocating to Meridian, Idaho to live near her granddaughter, Bonnie.

Arlene enjoyed reading Western novels, solving crossword puzzles, sewing, gardening, and most of all, dancing. Jack and Arlene enjoyed taking long road trips throughout the Western USA and Canada as well as several trips to Europe.

Both Arlene and Jack’s ashes will be interred together at the Riverview Cemetery in Oroville, Washington at 1 p.m. on Saturday July 21, 2024.

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Arlene McDougallhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5625/arlene-mcdougall-2/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5625/arlene-mcdougall-2/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Tue, 02 Jul 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5625/arlene-mcdougall-2/<![CDATA[

Arlene Ada (Scott) McDougall, 87, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday March 13, 2024, in Meridian, Idaho. She was preceded in passing by her husband of 53 years, Jack Neil McDougall, and her daughter-in-law, Lyndi McDougall. Arlene is survived by all three of her children: James McDougall of Maple Valley, Washington; Alley Greymond of Seattle, Washington; and Laura (and Craig) Coe of San Jose, California, as well as six grandchildren Daniel, Lauren, D’Ann, Bonnie, Whitney, and Gary, and nine Great-Grandchildren.

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Arlene Ada (Scott) McDougall, 87, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday March 13, 2024, in Meridian, Idaho. She was preceded in passing by her husband of 53 years, Jack Neil McDougall, and her daughter-in-law, Lyndi McDougall. Arlene is survived by all three of her children: James McDougall of Maple Valley, Washington; Alley Greymond of Seattle, Washington; and Laura (and Craig) Coe of San Jose, California, as well as six grandchildren Daniel, Lauren, D’Ann, Bonnie, Whitney, and Gary, and nine Great-Grandchildren.

Arlene was born in 1936 and was raised on the family farm in Starkweather, ND. She was preceded in passing by her parents, Francis and Louisa (Ames) Scott, and her six siblings: Walter Scott, Loretta Courtney, Esther Tronnes, Mazie Loehr, Carol Jabs, and Arden Scott.

After High School, Arlene earned a Rural Teacher’s Certificate from Mayville State Teacher’s College. She taught grades 1-8 in a one-room, 22-student rural schoolhouse in Fort Totten, ND. After one year, she determined that neither teaching nor the bitter cold winters of North Dakota were for her. She moved to reside near her older sister Loretta Courtney in Seattle, WA, where she was introduced to Jack McDougall. Jack and Arlene married in April 1957 and started a family. In 1961, they bought a home in the North Queen Anne neighborhood, where they raised their family. In 1969, Arlene earned a bookkeeping certificate from Seattle Central Community College and was subsequently employed as a Full Charge Bookkeeper until her retirement in 2001. In 2004, they relocated to Everett, where Jack passed away in 2010. Arlene remained in their Everett home until 2019 before relocating to Meridian, Idaho to live near her granddaughter, Bonnie.

Arlene enjoyed reading Western novels, solving crossword puzzles, sewing, gardening, and most of all, dancing. Jack and Arlene enjoyed taking long road trips throughout the Western USA and Canada as well as several trips to Europe.

Both Arlene and Jack’s ashes will be interred together at the Riverview Cemetery in Oroville, Washington at 1 p.m. on Saturday July 21, 2024.

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Tonya Urbanhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5628/tonya-urban/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5628/tonya-urban/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Tue, 02 Jul 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5628/tonya-urban/<![CDATA[

Tonya Rae Urban, age 47, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at her home in Watertown. Visitation will be at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown on Thursday, July 11, 2024, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

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Tonya Rae Urban, age 47, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at her home in Watertown. Visitation will be at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown on Thursday, July 11, 2024, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Sigdal Lutheran Church in rural Tolna, ND. Burial will be at the Sigdal Cemetery.

Tonya was born on October 22, 1976, to Franklin and Virginia (Olson) Urban in Jamestown, ND. When Tonya was 2 years old, Virginia married Terry Braathen and they made their home on a farm near Tolna, ND. Terry became a very special person to Tonya and she thought of him as her dad.

Tonya attended K-12 in Tolna and was a 1995 graduate of Tolna High School. Tonya attended NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND for 2.5 years, then transferred to VCSU in Valley City, ND where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with a Business minor. She taught and substitute-taught at Tiospa Zina near Sisseton, SD, New Rockford ND Elementary School, and also taught at Four Winds Tribal school in Fort Totten, ND. She then worked as secretary for First Lutheran Church in New Rockford for four years; however, decided her passion was for making jewelry which led her to opening her own jewelry store in Carrington, ND.

She met Scott Close and they lived in Sisseton, SD and Watertown, SD during their marriage. In 2014 Tonya went to work for SD Rehabilitation Services in Watertown, where she worked until her unexpected passing.

Tonya dearly loved her family; she also loved animals, including her rescue cat “Sassy” and rescue dog “Angel.” She enjoyed music and was into making and wearing “bling” jewelry. She could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, and was a sincere and loving listener.

Tonya is survived by her sister, Janie (Marlon) Steiner, Sisseton, SD; nieces Angela (Kevin) Storm, Watertown, SD and April (Jason) Kraft, Lakefield, MN; two great nieces, Madelynne Storm and Brynlea Kraft; and one great nephew, Payton Storm.

She was preceded in death by her mother Virginia Braathen, step-father Terry Braathen, grandparents, many aunts and uncles, numerous cousins, and Franklin Urban.

Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel www.crawfordosthus.com Watertown, Hayti, De Smet, Bryant, Arlington, Lake Preston, Oldham

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George Durbinhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5584/george-durbin/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5584/george-durbin/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Thu, 27 Jun 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5584/george-durbin/<![CDATA[

George Allen Durbin, age 90 of Devils Lake, ND passed away on Friday, June 21, 2024, at Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake. He was born November 19, 1933, in Rolla, ND, the son of George Albert and Mina I. Richardson Durbin, was raised in the Cando area and attended Cando High School.

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George Allen Durbin, age 90 of Devils Lake, ND passed away on Friday, June 21, 2024, at Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake. He was born November 19, 1933, in Rolla, ND, the son of George Albert and Mina I. Richardson Durbin, was raised in the Cando area and attended Cando High School.

He was united in marriage to Joanne Marie Walter on April 24, 1954, in Crookston, MN. They were married for 50 years, until her death in 2004. George started Durbin Excavating in 1960 in Devils Lake, which they continued to operate until he retired in 2012.

George was a lifetime member of the Devils Lake Elks Lodge. He was also a member of the Rural Fire Department where he had served as a volunteer fireman.

George is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Richard A. and Becky Durbin, Devils Lake and his son, Paul A. Durbin of Grand Forks, ND. He is survived by four grandchildren Matthew (Patrick) Durbin, Fargo, ND; Trisha (Ben) Adamson, Woodbury, MN; Heather (Mitch) Nelson, Monticello, MN; and Christopher Durbin, St. Paul, MN and ten great grandchildren Holly and Collin Durbin, Anna, Lauren, and Ella Adamson, Cameron and Cooper Libby, Riann, Reese and Drew Nelson. He is survived by one brother John (Angela) Durbin of Rosemont, MN and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ray Walter, Tom (Suzanne) Walter, Jean (Bob) Wilhelmi and many nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joanne; parents, George and Mina; sister, Evelyn Copenbarger; brothers Lloyd Durbin, Daniel Durbin, and Robert Durbin.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake with burial in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. A time of fellowship will follow the graveside service at the Devils Lake Elks Lodge.

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Jerry Cranehttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5554/jerry-crane/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5554/jerry-crane/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5554/jerry-crane/<![CDATA[

Jerry Walter Crane of Fargo, ND, (75) passed away peacefully at the Fargo VA Hospital on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, after a long and courageous battle with myelodysplastic syndrome due to high Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. Jerry was born October 28, 1948 in Devils Lake, ND, to Walter “Red” Crane and Livonia (Schindele) Crane. A graduate of Devils Lake High School, Class of 1966, Jerry attended Lake Region State College to obtain a degree in Automotive Technology in 1968. Later that year, Jerry enlisted in the Navy. He was assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 58 Quarry Company (“Seabees”), serving bravely in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969. He was stationed in Chu Lai as a minesweeping/special security unit as well as a heavy equipment operator within the Seabees before being honorably discharged from service in August 1970 as an E-02.

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Jerry Walter Crane of Fargo, ND, (75) passed away peacefully at the Fargo VA Hospital on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, after a long and courageous battle with myelodysplastic syndrome due to high Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. Jerry was born October 28, 1948 in Devils Lake, ND, to Walter “Red” Crane and Livonia (Schindele) Crane. A graduate of Devils Lake High School, Class of 1966, Jerry attended Lake Region State College to obtain a degree in Automotive Technology in 1968. Later that year, Jerry enlisted in the Navy. He was assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 58 Quarry Company (“Seabees”), serving bravely in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969. He was stationed in Chu Lai as a minesweeping/special security unit as well as a heavy equipment operator within the Seabees before being honorably discharged from service in August 1970 as an E-02.

Upon his return stateside, he was stationed in Davisville, RI, until his unit was decommissioned, moving to the Great Lakes Naval Base in Chicago for one year, all the while regularly making the long drive in his ’70 Dodge Challenger to see his future bride, Monica Mardell Halvorson. The couple married in June 1970 and would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on June 19. He referred to her regularly as ‘his bride’ until his passing.

Jerry always worked tirelessly. In the 1970s, he did custom combining at Lakota and in the Southern U.S., worked at Firestone Tire Retreading, did construction with Barry Smith Construction Bureau of Reclamation, and janitorial, delivery and handyman work with the Fargo Public School System – all before starting with the Fargo Fire Department in 1973. He served as a firefighter for 31 years, taking a position with the Fire Prevention Bureau as a fire inspector/arson investigator with the City of Fargo in 1987. Throughout his time with the City of Fargo, he accumulated many hours of specialized courses around the country until the same schools requested that he return as an instructor. He regularly testified in court as a state witness and expert witness. He retired from service to the city in 2004. Never one to be idle, Jerry worked as a private fire investigator for Crawford, then as a truck driver for Pepsi Co., and then drove cabs and limousines for Lucky 7 Cabs. In 2007, he was asked to take on the role of North Dakota deputy state fire marshal and once again served the state until he had to medically retire in 2019 at the age of 70.

Jerry was first and foremost a family man. He and Monica had four children: Dion Drew, Jared Jess, Mindy Mardell, and Thea Terese. His children, and later his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brought him immense joy and pride. Jerry was also an avid hunter, enjoying the time spent with his family members and friends beside him as much or more as the hunt itself. In his later years, Jerry reconnected with his Seabee brothers, attending many Seabee reunions across the nation. He looked forward to these reunions each year with great anticipation.

Jerry was a fighter – first in country, then against flames, and finally battling MDS for 10 years. He went through many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, a full bone marrow transplant followed by 100 days of quarantine in the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System while his body rebuilt an immune system from scratch, and regular trips back to Nashville for testing. He was declared to be in remission, celebrating 3 “rebirthdays” before going back into treatment. He did at least 10 more rounds of chemotherapy with intermittent hospital stays for various health complications before ultimately succumbing to the disease.

Jerry is survived by his wife Monica (Halvorson) Crane (Fargo, ND); his four children Dion Crane (Shauna) of Mandan, ND, Jared Crane (Christa) of Fargo, ND, Mindy Rodke (John Lockwood) of Hawley, MN, and Thea Leak (Russell) of New Orleans, LA; his nine grandchildren Jada and Drew Crane, Andrew, Gavin, Kade, and Brielle Rodke, Stephanie (Billy) Jordan, Katie Gibb (David), and Rhiannon Leak; great-gandchildren Spencer and Grace Jordan; his sisters Jean Jurgens (Jim) and Jane Gage (Roger); sister-in-law Cynthia Crane; dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and accumulated so many friends and adopted “kids” over the years. Jerry was preceded in death and welcomed Home by his father Walter “Red” Crane, mother Livonia Crane, sister Joanne File, twin brother James (Jim) Crane, father-in-law Howard Halvorson, mother-in-law Gertrude Halvorson, sister-in-law Kristine (Kris) Halvorson, and son-in-law Paul Rodke.

A vigil was held on Sunday, June 23 at Boulger Funeral Home with Visitation and the rosary. A funeral mass with Father Luke Meyer presiding was held on Monday, June 24 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church. Jerry will be laid to rest with military honors following the funeral services at Fargo National Cemetery.

Jerry’s family would like to thank the staff at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo VA Hospital, and Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, along with many family members and friends for their care and support throughout this long journey.

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Gail Mellandhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5488/gail-melland/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5488/gail-melland/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5488/gail-melland/<![CDATA[

Gail P. Haugen Melland, 86, of Edmore, ND, passed away, Thursday, June 13, 2024, at First Care Health Center, Park River, ND.

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Gail P. Haugen Melland, 86, of Edmore, ND, passed away, Thursday, June 13, 2024, at First Care Health Center, Park River, ND.

Gail Patricia Haugen was born September 7, 1937 at Langdon, Cavalier County, ND. She was an only child born to Arthur G. and Edna (Gellner) Haugen. She grew up near Nekoma in Billings Township, Cavalier County and attended Billings School #1 for four years, then attended Nekoma Public School graduating at age 16 as Co-valedictorian of her class in 1954. She attended college at Valley City and Devils Lake Mercy School of Nursing graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1957.

Following college, her first job at the age of 19 was at the Edmore Community Hospital as a combination administrator and Director of Nursing. It was here she met her sweetheart Rodney E. Melland. They were married June 7, 1958 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Nekoma, ND. Rodney passed away July 28, 2022. They were married 64 years, had two children, Natalie and Mark, and spent their entire life farming at Edmore. Gail always said she was a North Dakota woman and except for an occasional visit, they had no yen to become snowbirds after they retired.

Along with her farm wife responsibilities, Gail managed a 41-year career in nursing. The Edmore Hospital closed in 1961 and Gail worked as a staff nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Langdon for 15 years. In 1967 she started working at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake. After special classes in Minot, she became one of the first nurses to staff the hospital’s newly organized Coronary and Intensive care unit. In 1970, Gail started working for Morrison-Knudson and Assoc. as Nursing Director for the medical complex at the Stanley R. Mikkelson Missile Complex at Nekoma. Following the site building closure, she was employed as Nursing Director by Federal Electric during the Missile site tear-down phase ending in 1978.

From 1981 until 1989 she served as Director of Nursing at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon. Beginning in 1990, she joined the nursing staff at St. Ansgar Hospital (First Care Health Center) in Park River. She truly enjoyed her position and the staff at St. Ansgar and said it was her favorite career job. She retired in October 1998.

Gail was a civic leader and worked hard for her community. She was the initial instigator of the Edmore Centennial, the Edmore ball park and the Edmore Historical Society and worked diligently for the development of each. She served on the Edmore City Council and taught Advanced First Aid to the Edmore Ambulance attendants for 15 years. As a fundraiser for the ball park, she designed, edited and compiled the Edmore Community Cookbook in 1973. Along with Dorothy Johnson, she designed, partially wrote and edited the 635-page Edmore Centennial History hardcover book in 2001. She also designed and wrote the Nekoma 75th Diamond Jubilee Heritage hardcover book and St. Edward’s 100th Anniversary book. She received the Governor’s Leadership Award leadership award from Gov. Arthur Link in 1978.

She was avid curler for 35 years and dedicated a lot of time working for the curling club in Edmore. She also liked sports and fishing. She was always available to help others with their medical needs or accidents. Helping friends and giving of herself meant a lot to her.

The most important thing to Gail in this world was her precious immediate family, as well as her extended families.

She was an avid genealogist and helped others as well as tracing her paternal Haugen family in Telemark, Norway back to the year 1265. After a 108-year separation, Gail’s research located many Norwegian family members, especially the Snippen’s. Several have visited her many, many times. She visited Norway three times and in 2002 her family went to BO, Telemark, Norway, for 12 days, which included a 3-day celebration of the Haugen family that brought 400 Norwegians and 40 Americans together. She was honored and recognized as the source that reunited the family from both sides of the ocean.

Due to her husband’s curling success, they traveled to France, Switzerland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden, and Iceland. They also visited most of the western United States and several areas in Canada.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rodney Melland, her parents Arthur and Edna Haugen; her grandparents, Adolph and Gyda (Oyos) Haugen and Jacob and Barbara (Waltz) Gellner; her in-laws, Edwin and Anna G. Melland; her sister-in-law Frances Melland Anderson; a nephew, Steven Anderson and a step-niece, Tamra Studsrud Mahone.

She is survived by her daughter, Natalie Melland, Fargo, son, Mark Melland, Edmore, two grandchildren, Destiny Melland, Fargo and Issac Melland, Fargo, one great grandson, Gardner Melland, Fargo, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dennis and Jacquelyn Melland, Park River; brother-in-law, John Anderson, Lakeville, MN, nephew, Christopher Anderson, Eagan, MN, niece, Kelly Anderson, Brooklyn, NY, step-niece Kimberly Studsrud, Crystal, MN and step- nephew, Jason Studsrud, (Patty), Maple Grove, MN.

Gail’s kindness, generosity, compassion and understanding will be greatly missed by her beloved family and many, many friends.

Funeral services will be held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, ND at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2024, with visitation one hour before the service.

Visitation at Tollefson Funeral Home in Park River were Wednesday, June 19, 2024 followed by a prayer service.

Interment will be at Edmore Community Cemetery at Edmore following the funeral service.

The service will be live streamed on the Tollefson Funeral Home website.

The Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River is in charge of the arrangements.

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Duane Grafsgaardhttps://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5492/duane-grafsgaard/https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5492/duane-grafsgaard/#respond<![CDATA[Devils Lake Journal Staff]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2024 16:00:00 +0000<![CDATA[Obituaries]]>https://www.devilslakejournal.com/obituaries/5492/duane-grafsgaard/<![CDATA[

Duane A. Grafsgaard, 66 of Devils Lake, ND passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.

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Duane A. Grafsgaard, 66 of Devils Lake, ND passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.

There was a visitation and gathering of family and friends on Monday, June 17 at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, ND,and Funeral Services were on Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake, with Reverend Lori Pankratz officiating. Burial were at the Bethlehem Cemetery, rural McHenry ND, on Tuesday, June 18.

Duane Albert, son of Charles and Betty (Torkildson) Grafsgaard was born on July 30, 1957, at Devils Lake, ND. He was raised and educated in Devils Lake attending Minnie H Elementary School and Central High School.

After high school, he moved to Florida and worked at River Ranch Acres. His uncle, Jimmy, lived in Florida and was so glad to have Duane living closer. Duane eventually returned to Devils Lake and worked a variety of jobs including Mr. and Mrs. J’s, Noodles by Leonardo in Cando, ND, and The Cove. Unfortunately, increasing health problems forced Duane to retire.

Duane overcame many health challenges, but with great courage and determination was able to live independently for many years. Eventually his health problems required more care and he felt blessed to be a part of Community Options and Lake Region Corporation in these last years. Duane and his family were so thankful for the care, the support and the love shown to Duane while he was in their care.

Duane had many talents. He was very artistic in his drawings and creative with his hands. He had come to enjoy fishing in these later years thanks to Fishing Has No Boundaries.

With failing health Duane enjoyed occasional trips to the casino and playing slots on his iPad. Over time Duane learned that life as a whole is a gamble. You don’t control the cards you are dealt, but you do control the game that you play. Smile. Enjoy. For soon the Dealer calls last hand and the memories of the game you played become much more meaningful than the number of chips you acquired.

Duane never complained, always had a smile and left us too soon. He will be forever loved and forever in our hearts.

Duane’s loving family include his siblings Gerald (Audrey) Grafsgaard, Bismarck ND, John Grafsgaard, JoAnne (Kim) Close, Carol Reese (Steve Eckes), Gary Grafsgaard, Charlotte (Richard) Rardon and Mike Grafsgaard all of Devils Lake; uncle Jimmy (Althea) Torkildson, Florida; nieces and nephews Vickie (Josh) Cofer, Fr. Thomas Grafsgaard, Matthew (Emily) Grafsgaard, Brian (Michelle) Grafsgaard, Amanda Brown, Christopher Grafsgaard, Misty (Andy) Dockter, Jacob (Michelle) Close, Travis Close, DC (Sam) Reese, Dustin (Sara) Reese, Diana Reese, Darrick (Lilly) Reese, Daniel (Andrea) Reese, Kasey (Jesse) Eversvik, Karey Rardon (Jimmy Toal), Kodey Rardon (Simon Lee), Jaydon (Heidi) Grafsgaard, Nate Grafsgaard, Jennica Grafsgaard; many great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Albert and Julia Grafsgaard, Erwin and Mae Torkildson.

Casket Bearers will be DC, Dustin, Darrick and Daniel Reese, Jaydon, and Nate Grafsgaard.

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Funeral services for Patricia C. Larson, 83, of Orchard, NE, will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 17 at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing, NE. Visitation will be prior to service at the church. Graveside Committal Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21 at the Devils Lake Cemetery in Devils Lake, ND. Patricia passed away on June 13, 2024 at the hospital in O’Neill, NE.

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Funeral services for Patricia C. Larson, 83, of Orchard, NE, will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 17 at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing, NE. Visitation will be prior to service at the church. Graveside Committal Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21 at the Devils Lake Cemetery in Devils Lake, ND. Patricia passed away on June 13, 2024 at the hospital in O’Neill, NE.

Patricia Carol Wilhelmi was born at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake, ND on March 28, 1941. The daughter of Charles and Mary (Steffan) Wilhelmi, she was the eldest of eight children. Pat grew up on a farm five miles east of Garske, ND. She started her education in a one room country school house a quarter of a mile from her home. After eighth grade she attended St Mary’s High School in Devils Lake for one year before transferring to Starkweather Public School, graduating in May, 1959. Pat then attended Josef’s School of Hair Design in Fargo, ND and after becoming a certified beautician returned to Devils Lake and became employed at Mae’s Beauty Shop.

February, 1961 Pat married Ronald Wass in Starkweather, ND, and they made their home in Devils Lake, ND for a few years before moving to Northglenn, CO. Of this union, her four children – Bradley, Bryan, Brenda and Barbara – would be born.

May, 1988 Pat married George Larson in Brighton, CO. In the fall of 1988 they moved to Orchard, NE, where they renovated an old Victorian home together and spent their retirement years. George passed away July, 2006 and Pat continued to live in the house she so loved.

As a young person, Pat enjoyed roller skating (and was very good at it) and dancing. Later it would be a garden and flower beds that would keep her busy. She always was up for a round or two of a good card game, of which she usually won. She looked forward to people, especially family, coming for visits and always had baked goods ready and waiting. Her grandchildren’s special request – caramel rolls!

Pat was very active in her community, whether it was working at the Church Thrift Store, preparing and serving meals at the Community Center or being a part of her Christian Mothers Group. She enjoyed being around people.

Pat is survived by: her children – Bradley (Angela) Wass of Shepherdsville KY, Bryan (Margie) Wass of Clifton CO, Brenda (Tim) Kettner of Colfax WI and Barbara (Dale) Price of Stephen MN; 12 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren; siblings – Duane (Leni) Wilhelmi, Jack (Kathy) Wilhelmi, Linda (Jack) Gaa, Tom (Val) Wilhelmi and Donna Dyer; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She is proceeded in death by her husband George, parents and grandparents, brother – Robert (Bob) Wilhelmi and sister – Catherine (Kay) Wilhelmi.

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Obituaries – Devil's Lake Daily Journal (2024)

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