THOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Call UsTHOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
21 THIRD AVE SOUTHWEST
MINOT, ND 58701-3446
About UsWelcome to the Thompson-Larson website. Since 1934, we have served the Minot area and surrounding communities with care and compassion at our location at 21 Third Ave. SW, Minot, ND. We understand that funerals are for the living and strive to provide a meaningful, individual service for every family we serve.
Our professional staff is always available for assistance and guidance whether our services are needed before the funeral, at the time of death, or after the funeral is over. To contact us either stop in at our location in Minot at 21 Third Ave SW, Minot, ND or call us at 701-852-3446 or 1-800-679-4040.
We've designed our website to provide information about the services we offer along with helpful links. We welcome and appreciate any comments or suggestions regarding our service to your family and community. Please feel free to send your comments or suggestions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
**NOTE: We have recently updated our website. If you do not see an obituary you are looking for, please contact us at (701) 852-3446 or email at email@example.com and we can get it added for you. Thank you for your understanding.**
August 18, 1936 - October 28, 2014
Marvin C. Jensen was born on August 18, 1936, a son of Elmer and Clara (Grindberg) Jensen on the family farm, south of Simcoe, ND. He was raised by his grandparents Ole and Mary Grindberg, as his mother passed away unexpectedly shortly after his birth. He was raised on the Grindberg family farm, located northeast of Velva, ND. He attended school through the eighth grade, at which time he went to assist with the operations of the family farm. At the age of 16, he began working for the United Mine Workers.
On June 14, 1962, Marvin was united in marriage to Myrna Odland. To this union daughter Karla was born. They later divorced. On December 28, 1971, Marvin was united in marriage to Ingrid Wagner. Together they had two daughters Marlein and Nichole, also adding to the family four children Maria, Michaela, Renie and Milner Hystad, whom he treated as his own. Marvin worked in the coal mines as a Heavy Equipment operator for over forty years until the closure of the mines, when he worked construction until retirement. They continued to live on the family farm until the flood of 2011 forced them from the farm he lived his entire life on, losing everything in it. He was very thankful for all the assistance from the Velva community. He has since resided at the Souris Valley Care Center with his wife, where he loved playing cards, playing bingo, visiting with his friends and teasing the nursing staff. He was even willing to tell a dirty joke on occasion. Every day he had to have his mini Oreos, and watch the Minnesota Twins.
Marvin was a member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva, ND and served as President of the Local United Mine Workers Union.
He was an avid hunter, looking forward to deer hunting season with his son, daughters and many friends. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them many things. He also enjoyed visiting with friends at the farm that he truly loved. He loved his animals, whether it was a dog, goat, bird or squirrel, keeping treats by his chair on the porch.
He is survived by:
Wife of 42 years, Ingrid Jensen, Velva; children: Marlein (David) Aaseth, Velva, Nichole Jensen, Velva, Karla (Vernon) Boehm, Beulah, Maria Mack, Minot, Michaela (Don) Wible, Velva, Renie Sauvageau, Las Vegas, NV, Milner (Nancy) Hystad, Pine City, MN; 14 grandchildren: Paige, JaCee, Dakotah Aaseth, Kelsi (Nick) McFarlin, Lakin (Bryce) Green, Kiley (John) Carroll, Justin Mack, Allison (Bryce) Hystad, Garret Wible, Leah Wible, Brandon Sauvageau, Brienne Sauvageau, Madison Hystad, Chris Johnson; 7 great grandchildren: Jersey and Berkley Selzler, Declan Carroll, Evan and Keyan McFarlin, Aiden and Paris Green; brother: Gary (Karen) Jensen, Velva; sister: Gail (Larry) Linrud, Velva; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Blaine Mack, and his grandparents Ole and Mary Grindberg.
June 5, 1967 - October 28, 2014
James was born on June 5, 1967, in Minot, ND, the son of Edward J. and Lois (Hamilton) Volk. He was reared and educated in Minot. He graduated from Minot High School. Over the years, he worked for Kings Food Host, McDonalds, the commissary at Minot Air Force Base, and at the time of his death, Ryan Chevrolet.
He was an avid Seattle Seahawks fan.
James is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Brenda K. (Shannon) Staehr, Garrison, ND, niece, Kedra Angel Marie Staehr, Garrison; Aunts and uncles, Diane Clementich, Fargo, ND Agnes Mizeur, Bismarck, ND, Robert Volk, New Salem, ND, Sandi Volk, Seattle, WA, Roy Seney, Minot, Raymond and Leona Fleck, Sask, Canada, family guardian angel, Sharon Schestler, Minot.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lois and Edward J. Volk, grandparents, Bernard and Alice Hamilton and Ben and Ann Volk, aunts and uncles, Lester, David and Arnold Hamilton, Joyce Seney, Delores Hamilton, Al and Elnore Clementich, Arlene Hystad and Laurence Mizeur,
Funeral: Friday, October 31, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot, ND.
Visitation: From 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, on Thursday,
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND
Valker, James "Red"
February 20, 1929 - October 27, 2014
James Valker was born February 20, 1929, the son of Clarence A. Valker, Sr., and Hazel (Bangs) Valker, in Minot, ND. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 1947.
James enlisted in the United States Navy on February 2, 1948. He served on the US Aircraft Carrier Boxer during the Korean War and was honorably discharged January 28, 1952.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he moved back to Minot and worked alongside his father in the floral business. When the business was sold, he was employed by the Sheraton Hotel in housekeeping and later as a janitor for many years Westlie Motors in Minot.
He was an avid hunter with a shotgun, rifle, and bow and arrow where he excelled.
Those Most Honored to Share In His Life:
brother, Clarence Skip Valker, Jr., and his wife, Alma, Henderson, NV;
and three nieces.
James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Valker.
Graveside Service: Friday, October 31, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
August 8, 1930 - October 27, 2014
MaryAnn B. Bohn was born August 8, 1930, the daughter of Tony and Lillian (OMeara) Bohn, in Minot, ND. She was raised and educated in Minot, and graduated from St. Leos High School.
MaryAnn worked as a secretary at the Minot Air Force Base for 30 years.
She was a member of the National Association of Federal Employees (NARFE).
We would like to thank the staff of ManorCare and Trinity Hospice for the wonderful care you gave to our mother.
Surviving family includes: sons, Mark Dickey, Lynnwood, WA, Bruce Dickey, Lynnwood, WA, and Kurt Dickey, Appleton, WI; daughter, Toni (Bob) Bova, Neenah, WI;
grandchildren, Jennifer (Troy) Wendt, Janet (Chris) Gorden, Jason (Amanda) Bova, Lindsay (Kyle) Sheler, and Jaime Dickey; great-grandchildren, Dominick Gorden, Giana Gorden, Addyson Wendt, Jayce Wendt, Rayden Bova, and Jen Bova; brothers, Jim Bohn, Minot, and Joe (Jan) Bohn, Marietta, GA; sisters, Marilyn Kaemmer, Denver, CO, Karen (Don) Lott, Dacatur, AL, and Beverly Russell, Saraland, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
MaryAnn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Patti Evans; brother, Dick Bohn; infant brother, Billie Bohn; and sister-in-law, Carol Bohn.
Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register book on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Merck, Sr., Leo
November 19, 1934 - October 24, 2014
Leo V. Merck was born on November 19, 1934, in Rugby, ND. He was the youngest of 10 children born to Felix and Mary (Meyer) Merck. He was raised on a farm north of Granville, ND by a loving family, surrounded by music and humor.
Dad attended Egg Creek Country School through the eighth grade. He often told us of how he had to walk five miles to school, uphill both ways, when he was in the first grade. We thought he was exaggerating until we walked it with him on his 59th birthday. After that we had to admit that it was uphill both ways! Dad was so proud when he achieved his GED in 1998, the same year his granddaughter, Heidi, earned her high school diploma.
Humor was a lesson Dad learned from Grandpa Felix and a trait he carried to his dying day, October 24, 2014 at the age of 79. His last breath was taken in the embrace of his wife and children.
Dad fell in love with Carolyn Mattern and married her on April 18, 1955 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Granville, ND. Dad was so inspired by his love for Mom that he wrote a love song titled The Flower in my Garden to honor her.
Dad left us a legacy of devotion for Jesus Christ. We never missed Sunday Mass. We filled a pew every Sunday at St. Leos Catholic Church. We would drive in from the farm, nine Mercks in a pickup truck, stacked in three rows. Dad was concerned about our souls, but not so much about seatbelts.
Another legacy was his devotion to his family. He loved to take us camping at the lake. He would swim in the lake with us riding on his back. You cant appreciate the strength necessary for that until you try it. A fond memory for us is of Dad strumming his guitar on the hood of his boat floating in the middle of the lake.
Dad also left us the legacy of being devoted to his job. Work hard and accept responsibility are traits he taught us as we were growing up. He was known as a highly capable, hard working man. For 35 years he worked in the propane industry in Kenmare and Devils Lake, and finished his career in Minot working for Ferrellgas, his favorite job, from which he retired at the age of 79 on July 31, 2014. He was nicknamed the King of Propane because propane did what he told it to do.
Dads most memorable legacy might be the love he felt for his fellow man. He was greatly admired by anyone who met him.
The music Dad sang and recorded for us were love songs to his family. One of the love songs was titled The Shelter of Your Eyes. The pride he had in his children gave us the ability to be proud of ourselves. In our eyes he was a perfect man, and we know he will keep us in the shelter of his eyes.
Those most honored to share in Leos life: wife: Carolyn; children: Colleen (Richard) Kitzman, Vickie (Ronald) Brabandt, Doreen (Terry) Wald, Daniel (Katina) Merck, Theresa Merck, Lisa (Lynn) Krueger, and Leo (Lee) (Su) Merck; grandchildren: Christopher and Culley, Travis, Lance, Jordan, Heidi and Chad, Matthew and Amanda, Terry (TJ), Keaton, Mason, Logan, Carson, Avery, Derek and Vicki, Amy Jo and Trevor; and great grandchildren: Easton, Ellie, Carter, Ally, Grayden, Griffin, Gavin, Blake, Morgan, Paige and Brent; brothers: Joseph (Beverly) Merck, William (Mary Jo) Merck; brother in law: Vincent Schaan; sister: Regina Kohoutek and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Jane Sattler, Catherine Duchscherer, Mary Jose, Elizabeth Schaan; and brothers: John and Alex.
Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Prayer Service and Rosary: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot.
Burial at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
October 3, 1961 - October 21, 2014
Nancy was born on October 3, 1961, in Dayton, OH, the daughter of Wilmer and Anita (Mandt) Gabbard. Nancy was raised and educated in Oak Creek, WI.
Survivors: daughters, Melissa (Nathan) Barger, Hopewell, VA, Megan Davis, Minot and Sara York, Minot; Mother, Anita, Grand Terrance, CA; brothers, Grant and Darrell Gabbard, Grand Terrace, CA; sisters, Barbara (Kenny) Nitecki, Milwaukee, WI and Verlette (David) Coens, Las Vagas, NV. She was preceded in death by her father, Wilmer.
No local services will take place.
September 8, 1924 - October 21, 2014
Eunice was born on September 8, 1924, in Flaxton, ND, the daughter of Enoch and Margarethe (Christensen) Anderson. She was reared educated in Flaxton and later attended Minot Teachers College where in 1942, she earned her Certificate in Business Administration.
Eunice was united in marriage to John Mattson in 1942. The couple farmed in Burke County for a short time before moving to Minot then Lansford. The couple moved to Kenmare where they started a radio and TV service.
John passed away in January of 1962. Eunice stayed in Kenmare working for the Farmers Union and raised her 5 children.
Eunice was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare where she was active with the Womens Group, and the Kenmare Legion Auxiliary. Eunice volunteered at the Kenmare Baptist Home and the Kenmare Senior Citizens.
Survivors: son, John (Bobbie) Devils Lake, ND; daughter, Margey Rudland, Gillette, WY, Judy (Bryan) Pownall, Rozet, WY, Candy (Dave) Jensen. Kenmare and Cheryl (Doug) Sandersfeld, Sioux Falls, SD; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Eunice was preceded in death by her husband, John; granddaughters, Brandy Nix and Hope Rudland; brothers, Sylvan and Curtis; and sisters, Audrey Cobb, Jeannette Sonnenberg and Marcia Besslievre.
Funeral Service: Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church, Kenmare.
Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Kenmare, ND
February 19, 1939 - October 20, 2014
Gene Elroy Bredahl was born February 19, 1939 in Stanley, ND to Ellard and Geneva (Ringoen) Bredahl. He attended school in Berthold, where he was active in basketball. He graduated in 1957. He was once married to Myrna Stredwick and from this union they had 5 children.
Gene grew up on the family farm near Tagus, where he farmed and ranched his entire life. He was proud when the Bredahl Farm was recognized as a Centennial Farm in 2004. He loved that his son and grandchildren shared the same love that he always had for the farm which included raising crops, cattle and sheep.
Gene played baseball for the Kickapoo Township and played amateur softball. His favorite time of year was the fall when all of his hunting buddies would stop by to visit.
He held leadership roles in 4H, the Kickapoo township board, and Shell Creek Church Council. He was the ND Lamb and Wool Director, the Director for the NW Wool Pool and was a sheep shearer. Gene Married Ellen Melin on October 27, 2000 in Sundance, WY.
Gene and his family attended the NDSF every year, starting in 1969, where they showed Columbia Sheep, Cattle and Pigs. Next year would have been Genes 45th year. He continued going to the NDSF to cheer on his grandchildren.
Gene had a special love and connection with his grandchildren. He loved attending their sporting events, sheep shows, music concerts or any event they had. He loved hunting and playing cards, including old maid, hearts and Ruckus with his grandkids. In his later years he felt his most important job was being home for his grandchildren when they got off the school bus.
Survivors include, wife of 14 years, Ellen Bredahl; son, Scott (Karla) Bredahl; daughters, Janelle Cornett, Denver, CO, Mona (Tim) Gonzalez, Hermitage, TN, Debby (Chad) Zolnoski, Gillette, WY; grandchildren, Anne (Jeremy) Duncan, Chelsea and Brenna Gonzalez, Colton, Kaiden, Kenadi, Cooper, and Kashtyn Bredahl, and Roudy Zolnoski; sister, Sharon Inman, Berthold, ND.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Teddy and sister, Laurella Brown.
Funeral Service: Friday, October 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Shell Creek Lutheran Church, rural Blaisdell, ND.
Visitation was on Thursday.
Burial: Shell Creek Cemetery, Rural Blaisdell, ND.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred so Genes family can start a scholarship fund for the ND Lamb and Wool Association.
March 9, 1942 - October 19, 2014
Bob graduated from Lansford High School with the class of 1960, where he was a tenacious guard in basketball and was well known by all the referees. He was also one of the younger members in the horse club, the Ghost Riders in the 1950s. His love of hunting and playing cards was learned from his family, and his Bloms relatives, who were great pinochle and whist players. On Pearl Harbor Day, 1960 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he became a radioman on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, in the Pacific Fleet. Sadly, he was discharged in 1963, when his father died, to continue the family farm.
Bob needed a helpmate and partner to get his operation going, and he got just that when he married JoAnn Triplett in Lansford on December 27, 1965. She handled all the details, fed the crew and adhered to his first rule, the combine never stops. He also hauled grain and coal, worked construction, and did custom harvesting and spraying for a time. They were happy to raise their three children, Jill, Michael and Bart, in the town where they had grown up. In the spring of 1972, they established a new farmstead on section 10, just south of Lansford. When Bob retired from management in 2005, his son, Bart, expanded the farm site and operated Savelkoul Harvesting. Bob enjoyed going on a run south with the younger guys, to Oklahoma and Kansas. He always wanted to work, and that made him most happy.
Bob loved people, and he had a true faith in God. He served mass at St. John's as a boy and as a trustee and council member as an adult. He enjoyed fishing, trap shooting, snowmobiling, and watching his boys' sports and college football. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post #279 and the Renville-Bottineau Crop Improvement Association. He was always ready to try new crops and new varieties. He was one of the first in the area to raise canola.
Bob shared his smile with all those he met and when he did, they became an instant friend. He loved having a dog with him to be his pal. In 2000, he and JoAnn began going to Arizona and staying longer each year, as he decided he didn't want to be cold. They made many new friends there and he was a member of the Leisure World poker club and the Dakota Club. Folks there called him, The Bob, as he stood out from all the rest.
Recently, he and JoAnn began spending their summers at Lake Metigoshe. There, he and the grandchildren enjoyed fishing, and just hanging out on the lake. As always, he quickly made friends of his new neighbors. His children and grandchildren were a great source of pride for him, and JoAnns devotion to him gave him peace in his final days.
Those Who Shared In His Life:
wife of 49 years, JoAnn; daughter Jill (Sedi) Halvorson of Oxbow, ND, sons Michael (Kelly) Savelkoul of Waukesha, WI, Bart (Andrea) Savelkoul of Lansford; Brothers Jack (Theresa) Savelkoul of Lolo, MT, Dale (Arnola) Savelkoul of Minot sisters Lenore (Michael) Sullivan of Millersburg, MI and Lois Simianer of Merced, CA; grandchildren Johnathan Gates, Ava and Robert Savelkoul, Henry, Joseph and Ginger Savelkoul. Aunt Bernice Redding of Minot. Several nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret, grandparents, and brother Rev. Leonard Savelkoul, and father, and mother-in-law, Del and Delores Triplett.
Visitation: Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 5 pm in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11 am at St. Johns Catholic Church, Lansford, ND
Burial: St. Johns Catholic Cemetery, Lansford, ND
December 23, 1935 - October 19, 2014
Richard Michael Hoffman was born December 23, 1935, the son of Michael and Alma (Popp) Hoffman, in St. Cloud, MN. He was raised on a farm near Foley, MN, and educated at Lakin Country School near Foley, MN.
Richard enlisted in the United States Army August 11, 1954. He proudly served his country during Korean War and was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged July 25, 1956.
Richard was once married to Charlotte Martin. From this union, nine children were born, Mary, Richard, Linda, Cindy, Jean, Sue, David, Ken, and Deb. They made their home in Foley, MN, where he worked as a carpenter and later worked as a subcontractor for Husky Built Buildings.
Richard was once married to Dorothy Andrews. From this union, four children were born, Kevin, Lisa, Melissa, and Robert. They made their home in Foley, MN, where he worked at Phillips Recycling in St. Cloud, MN.
He moved to Devils Lake, ND, in 1989, where he worked in construction and at a gas station. He moved to Minot in 1995, where he continued to work as a carpenter.
He was a member of St. Leos Catholic Church in Minot.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, bowling, jig saw puzzles, and watching western movies.
Surviving family includes: children, Mary (Tim) Daiker, Texas, Richard (Kay) Hoffman, Jr., Foley, MN, Linda Hoffman, Little Falls, MN, Cindy (Dennis) Kazack, Isanti, MN, Jean (Jeff) Kocak, Yankton, SD, Sue (Bob) Helmin, Clearbrooke, MN, David (Kathy) Hoffman, Gilman, MN, Ken Hoffman, Brainerd, MN, Deb (Don) Hayes, Hillman, MN, Kevin (Cathy) Hoffman, Fargo, Lisa Hoffman (Scott Prough), Minot, ND, Melissa (Steven) Hoffart, Minot, and Robert Hoffman, Minot; 27 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon Hoffman, St. Cloud, MN; sister, Mary (Ed) Timmers, St. Cloud, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leonard, Michael, and Joseph Hoffman,
Funeral: Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred.
November 18, 1921 - October 16, 2014
Clara Lucille Gaardsmoe was born November 18, 1921, the daughter of Lars and Margaret (Frederickson) Gaardsmoe, in Raub, ND. She was raised on the family farm and educated in Raub until 1935, when the family moved to Minot. She graduated from Minot High School in 1939.
She furthered her education and attended Minot State Teachers College, where she received her Standard Teaching Certificate. She then taught at a country school near Benedict for a short time.
Clara married Alvin E. Haine December 31, 1941, after eloping to Wolf Point, MT. Their marriage was kept a secret until the end of that school year.
Upon Alvins honorable discharge from US Army, they returned to Minot and built their home in 1949. She worked at Sears Roebuck Co. for a time, and later bought the Uptown Nook, which then became Claras Kitchen, and operated it for 14 years.
She then worked as a bookkeeper for Schriock Lawn and Trail, before owning and operating her own tax preparation service for several years. Alvin passed away January 21, 1983.
Following her husbands death, Clara continued to reside in her home in Minot until 2012, when she moved into Edgewood Vista Assisted Living. In July of 2013, she moved into ManorCare Health Service in Minot.
She was a member of Ladies of the Moose, the Minot VFW Auxiliary, and the Minot American Legion Auxiliary.
Clara and Alvin loved to dance, as well as to hunt and fish together. They also enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their lake cabin at Lake Sakakawea.
Her loving family includes: daughter, Alclare (Stanley) Reimers, Belleair Bluffs, FL;
grandchildren, Liza Roy, Poquoson, VA, Kathleen Hollywood, Fredericksburg, VA, and Nancy (Bill) Barnes, Beaver Creek, OH; eight great-grandchildren, Joe, Sam, Nick, Emily, Megan, Mike, Gabie, and Lucas; great great-granddaughter, Anabelle; sister, Hilda Seney, Stanley, ND;
special friends, Scott and Jen Johannsen and their children, all of Minot, ND.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin; sisters, Elva Elashewich, and Alice Kling, brothers, Elmer Gaardsmoe; and an infant brother, Raymond Gaardsmoe.
At Claras request, there will be no funeral.
Reviewal and Sharing Memories with Claras Family: Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Private Family Graveside Service: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Memorials: Claras family prefers memorials to the 2nd Story.
November 24, 1944 - October 12, 2014
Phyllis was born on November 24, 1944, in Sawyer, ND, the daughter of Alfred and Hulda (Hammer) Kelly. Phylliss father passed away shortly before her birth in 1944. She was raised in Sawyer and attend school in Sawyer and then Central Campus in Minot. She worked for 31 years at the Des Lacs Burlington High School. Phyllis met Mel Houston in 1969, and the couple spent the remainder of her life together.
Phyllis enjoyed playing bingo, shopping, attending her children and grandchildrens events, computer games, jigsaw puzzles, traveling (especially to Yellowstone National Park), casino trips and spending time with her family.
Survived by Fiancé Mel Houston, Daughters Janice (Rick), Debbie (Roy), Melissa (Bud), Brenda (Ryan), Stepchildren Kim (Calvin), Jim (Hayley), Tim, Brother Vern (Olive), Sister Maxine (Kenny), Grandchildren Josh, Dustin, Kara, Alicia (Mike), Brittany, Courtney, Tanner, Brianna, Khris, Patti (Shawn), Kory, Markie (Eric), Soon to arrive Brynlee, Great Grandchildren Dylan, Mason, Carlie, Cambrie.
Preceded in death by her father Alfred and Mother Hulda, sisters Judy and Bev, brothers Marvin and Bruce.
Funeral Service: Friday, October 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation: Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with sharing of Memories at 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
May 25, 1954 - October 11, 2014
Gary Reed Knudson was born May 25, 1954, the son of Andrew and Ardyce (Thorstenson) Knudson, in Minot. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating Minot High School in 1972.
He furthered his education by attending the State School of Science in Wahpeton, where he took architectural courses.
Gary was once married to Debra Schumann. They made their home in Minnesota for a short time before moving back to Minot, where he worked as a finish carpenter for Craft Builders. They later moved to Lacey, Washington, where he worked as a carpenter through the union in Washington.
In October of 1983, he was involved in a motorcycle accident. Due to the head injury sustained in the accident, he became to reside at Trinity Nursing Home in Minot.
A special Thank you to the staff and nurses of Trinity Homes for their amazing care for our brother during all these years.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.
Surviving family includes: brothers, David (Jean) Knudson, Minot, and Kim (Barbara) Knudson, Glendive, MT; sister, Lynda Knudson, Minot; nieces and nephews, Kayla Knudson, Amy Knudson, William Knudson, and Heidi Knudson; great-niece, Kylee Knudson; and several cousins.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Andrew; mother, Ardyce Eslinger; and infant brother, Kevin.
Funeral: Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Thursday one hour prior to service at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to Trinity Homes in Minot.
Gerle, Benedict "Ben"
December 26, 1926 - October 10, 2014
Ben was born on December 26, 1926, in Burlington, ND, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Rockert) Gerle. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot. Ben was raised and educated in Burlington and in 1942, he moved to Minot.
He went to work for the Great Northern (Burlington Northern) Railroad in 1943. Ben was united in marriage to Alice Schmitz in 1948 at St. Marys Catholic Church, Foxholm. He worked for the railroad for 45 years, retiring in 1988. Ben and Alice did volunteer work every Monday at the Railroad Museum from 1988 to 1996. Alice passed away on May 23, 2003.
Ben was a former member of Little Flower Catholic Church and recently attended St. Leos Catholic Church.
Survivors: sons, John (Sharon) Gerle; Francis Gerle, all of Minot; daughter, Rose (Philip) Johnson, Devils Lake, ND; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, son Joseph, infant daughter, Brenda and his parents.
Mass of Christina Burial: Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Foxholm, ND.
Boe, Terence "Terry"
April 2, 1942 - October 9, 2014
Terry was born on April 2, 1942, in Minot, ND, the son of John and Alma (LaCaille) Boe. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 1960. He attended the ND State College of Science in Wahpeton where he earned his certificate in refrigeration. Terry joined the National Guard in 1963 and separated in 1969.
Terry worked refrigeration and sold insurance for Pyramid Life then sold fire alarm equipment and later worked in carpentry till his retirement.
Terry was a member of the Moose Lodge and was a former member of the Eagles Aerie, Elks Lodge and the American Legion.
Survivors: brother, Gerry Boe, Arkansas; sister, Audrey Steuck, Moorhead, MN; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Terry was preceded in death by his brothers, Johnny and Dennis and nephews, Jeffery and James Duane.
Funeral Service: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Burial will take place at 3:15 p.m. Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot
January 13, 1926 - October 8, 2014
Florence Marie Nelson was born January 13, 1926, the daughter of John G. and Ida C. (Nordstrom) Nelson. After the death of her father, her mother raised Florence and her brothers and sister, ages 6 to 11 on the family farm near Ruso, ND. A tornado took out the Ruso Country School house near their farm, which left Florence with a lifelong fear of storms. She sent her children to the basement many times during tornado season in North Dakota.
She left the 10th grade joining her sister in Longview, Washington to work in the shipyards. She encouraged her children in their education. She was at every basketball game, choir concerts, school and church program and did the same for her grandchildren. She loved her flower garden, but loved the dandelions picked by her grandchildren far more. She listened to Back to the Bible while making supper. She enjoyed music and dancing with her children in the kitchen. She collected antiques, enamelware and glass spoon holders. Her family will remember her beautiful handwriting.
Florence married Lawrence on September 19, 1945, in Sidney, Montana. They made their home on the Flatla family farm near Bergen, N.D, where together they raised their six children and farmed. Florence was always willing to help work on the farm, feeding the animals, drive the tractor, whatever chore needed to be done.
She became a resident of the Memory Care of Edgewood Vista in 2008. Lawrence passed away June 19, 2009. Following her husbands death, she continued to reside at Edgewood Vista until recently residing at Trinity Homes in Minot. She was a kind person. Even with Alzheimers, her caregivers at Edgewood said she was caring to all the other residents and always had a smile.
She belonged to the Bergen, Hjerdahl, and Oak Valley Lutheran churches, where she was active with the ladies aid and taught Sunday school. She was active in the Republican Party, the Lake Hester Township Election Board, was a U.S. census service worker, and sold Princess House Crystal.
Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lawrence was the love of her life until the end.
Surviving family includes: children, Woodrow Flatla and fiance Cathy Gibbs, Now Then, MN, Lynette (Lawren) Wold, Minot, Vincent (Debra) Flatla, Buffalo, MN, Nancy (Michael) Hartgrove, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cyndee Williams, Velva, and Rebecca (Keith) Cederstrom, Velva; grandchildren, Stephanie Flatla and fiance Shane Foster, Fargo, Tausha Flatla, Apple Valley, MN; Christopher (Susan) Wold, London, England, Nathan Wold (Tom Samet), Hamptons, NY, Mackenzie (Amy) Noer, Fargo; Dan (Sunny) Flatla, Sterling, Virginia; Joshua Flatla, Rockford, MN, Luke (Jodi) Flatla, London England, Whitney (Steve) Howe, Grand Forks; Jessica (Ryan) Coy, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Matthew Hartgrove, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Meghann (Dmitriy) Chernyak, Littleton, CO, Rachael Cederstrom and fiancé, Dave Vogel, Minot, Mikel Cederstrom, Minot; great-grandchildren, Anna and Alexander Wold, Cailin, Zoe, and Elise Flatla, Luella Flatla, Otto Howe, Nolan and Miles Coy, Samuel Chernyak, and Evelyn Vogel; sister-in-law, Mona Kramer, California; and survived by several nieces and nephews.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Nelson; husband, Lawrence; granddaughter, Jennifer Williams; son-in-law, Jerry Williams; great-granddaughter, Olyvia Hartgrove-Coy; sister, Ruth (Kermit) Fadness, brother, Ernest (Jean) Nelson, Willard (Helen) Nelson, and Leslie Nelson.
Funeral: Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
Interment: Velva Community Cemetery, Velva, ND.
Visitation: Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Family Service: Friday at 7 pm at the funeral home.
Memorials: are preferred to the Memory Care of Edgewood Vista.
Adams, Roderick "Roddy"
March 2, 1956 - October 7, 2014
Roddy was born on March 2, 1956, in Minot, ND, the son of Albert and Victoria (Decouteau) Adams. He was raised and educated in Minot. Roddy entered the United States Marnie Corps on March 7, 1974 and was honorably discharged on April 4, 1980. After his discharge he lived and worked in California for 10 years at Lockheed Martin as a lead mechanic. Roddy returned to Minot where he worked for Dakota Land Surveying and later retired due to health.
Roddy was a quiet humble man with a heart of gold. He could always be counted on to help his family and friends. He loved crossword puzzles, old movies, cooking and spending time with friends.
Roddy was a lifelong member of St. Leos Catholic Church, where he was an altar boy as a youth and later was a member of the Holy Name Society. He was also a member the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors: son, Richard Meyers, Bismarck, ND; mother, Vicky Adams, Minot; siblings, Linda Adams, Troy Adams and Sherree Adams; niece Mandy Adams all of Minot and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, October 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Homes, Minot
Visitation one hour prior to the service Trinity Homes with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Homes.
September 8, 1961 - October 7, 2014
Carter Brent Bosch was born September 8, 1961, in Minot, ND. He was the youngest of five children born to Edward J. Bosch, a longtime Minot attorney, and Adele (Heidlebaugh) Bosch. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School.
Carter was an avid bicyclist and had a difficult life.
Surviving family includes:
brothers and sisters, Kent (Brenda) Bosch, Estes Park, CO, Colin (Holly) Bosch, Phoenix, AZ, Kimberly (Carey) Brown, Denver, CO, Kendall (Kitty) Bosch, Galveston, TX;
and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Carter was preceded in death by his father, Edward J. Bosch; mother, Adele Hager.
Graveside Service: Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND, next to his beloved father.
Yeager, Raymond John "Mox"
June 9, 1993 - October 6, 2014
John was born on June 9, 1993 in Odessa,TX, a son of Janet (Felan) and Raymond Yeager . He attended elementary school in Mesa, AZ, and attended high school at Bishop Ryan Catholic School in Minot, graduating in 2011. In high school he participated in track and was an Assistant Chaplain, where he was active in producing The Rock, a gathering for young Christians throughout the area. He travelled to Rome with other members of his class, furthering his understanding and faith in the Catholic Church.
John furthered his education attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, widening his influence on new friends. He enjoyed trips to the Twin Cities for Vikings football games and eating at the finest restaurants in the area. Mox was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, loved video games and was a Batman enthusiast.
He is survived by his mother, Janet, Minot; his father, Raymond Yeager, Everett, WA; sisters, Desirae Yeager and Kourtney Yeager, both Minot, and Anne Pomeroy, New York, NY; his brother, Matt (Danni Reinhardt) Felan, Grand Forks, ND; nieces, Gabrielle Reinhardt and Madison Felan; nephews, Ashton Felan and Bentley Fettig; grandparents, Marvin and Marie Felan, Minot; aunt, Colleen (Mike) Hauf, Minot; uncle, Ken Felan, Golden, CO; and guardians and second family, Michael and Michelle McMahon and their sons, Matt and Merrick, Minot.
He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Mary Nell Behm-Felan
Moxs sense of humor and love will never be forgotten by the many friends whom he cared for and who cared so much for him. He will be a never ending inspiration to us all.
Memorials are preferred to Bishop Ryan Catholic School, Minot or to the University of Minnesota Childrens Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Funeral: Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, Minot.
Funeral: Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday, October 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation: Friday, October 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot and from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the church.
April 17, 1948 - October 6, 2014
Connie Evenson was born on April 17, 1948, a daughter of Warren and Sylvia (Westlake) Evenson in Kenmare, ND. She was raised and educated in Kenmare, graduating from Kenmare High School in 1966.
On June 5, 1966, Connie was united in marriage to Michael Bennett in Kenmare, ND. They made their home at Camp Pendleton, CA where Michael was serving with the United States Marine Corps. Upon his discharge, the family returned to Kenmare, in January of 1969. They had three sons, Casey born in 1968, Christopher born in 1969 and Corey born in 1971. Connie was a homemaker as the boys were growing up and in 1996, graduated from Minot State University with a Bachelors of Science in English. She then worked as a substitute teacher.
Connie enjoyed traveling, visiting New York, Spain, and Japan to visit her children, listening to classical music, studying history and reading with her book club.
Connie is survived by:
Husband of 48 years, Michael, Kenmare, ND; children, Casey (Mitsuyo)Bennett, Kenmare, Christopher Bennett, Elliot City, MD and Corey (Emiko) Bennett, Yokota, Japan; grandchildren, William and Sasha Bennett, Kenmare and Sophia and Grace Bennett, Yokota, Japan; Uncle: Richard Westlake, Kenmare, ND; Aunt: Joyce Westlake, Kenmare, ND; one brother-in-law: Ben (Joyce) Bennett, Omaha, NE.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Curtis Evenson.
Visitation: Saturday, October 11, 2014 one hour prior to the service at the Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare
Funeral Service: Saturday at 11 am at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare
Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Kenmare, ND
Expressions of Sympathy
Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at (701) 852-3446 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Immediate ArrangementsIn Time of Need
We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
Please call us at (701) 852-3446 to make arrangements in person with a caring, professional Funeral Director.
Grief SupportWelcome to the Griefwords Online Library
Brought to you by the Center for Loss and Life Transition - Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Director
Helping Others with Grief
A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:
Helping a Friend in Grief
Helping a Grandparent Who is Grieving
Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
Helping Yourself with Grief
Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.
Helping Your Family Heal After Stillbirth
Helping Yourself Heal When an Adult Sibling Dies
Mustering the Courage to Mourn
Love and Grief:
In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Loved Dies
Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny, Repress, Or Inhibit Them?
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Parent Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When a Baby Dies
Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers
Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.
Finding the Right Words: Guidelines on how to talk to grieving children about death
How to Talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life About the Newtown, CT Tragedy
Helping Infants and Toddlers Cope with Grief
Helping Children Cope With Grief
Helping Children with Funerals
Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
THOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
21 THIRD AVE SOUTHWEST
MINOT, ND 58701