THOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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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.
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March 18, 1944 - August 28, 2014
Bonnie Louise Johnson was born on March 18, 1944, a daughter of Garfield and Myrtle (Livedalen) Johnson in Rugby, ND. She attended grade school in Bantry, ND and graduated from Upham High School in 1962. Bonnie furthered her education by attending Minot State College, graduating in 1964.
In October of 1965, Bonnie was united in marriage to Melvin Clementich at Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot, ND. The couple made their home in Minot, where they raised their two sons Paul and Eric. They later divorced.
Bonnie worked at Dakota Drug in Minot, for over thirty years, retiring in 2011. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, sewing, baking and watching QVC.
Bonnie is survived by: sons and their families: Paul (Karen) Clementich, and their children Sean, Blair and Erin, all of Devils Lake, ND; Eric Clementich and his children Cole and Caydee, Justin (Sierra) Murray and their son Abram, Minot; siblings: Gary (Susan) Johnson, Towner, ND, Linda Johnson, Prior Lake, MN, Merton (Barb) Johnson, Grants, New Mexico; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation: Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 3 until 5 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Prayer Service: Sunday at 5 pm in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Funeral Service: Monday, September 1, 2014, 11 am in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Burial: At a later date at the Bloomfield Cemetery, Upham, ND
July 15, 1931 - August 26, 2014
Lester LeRoy Paul Lautenschlager was born on July 15, 1931 a son of Lester and Hildegarde (Rubbelke) Lautenschlager on the family farm near Berthold, ND. He was raised and educated in Berthold, graduating from Berthold High School in 1949.
On October 26, 1957, Lester was united in marriage to Fay Boucher at St. Leos Catholic Church in Minot, ND. The couple made their home in Des Lacs, where Lester continued to farm in the Berthold area. In 1971, the family moved to the Lautenschlager farm near Berthold, where they raised their family, farmed and ranched.
Lesters faith was very important to him and he was a very active member of the St. Anns Catholic Church in Berthold, ND, where he served as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, prepared the Alter for Mass, worked marriage encounter weekends, and served on the church council. For 14 years, Lester was active in the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, in Des Lacs. He was President of the Diocesan Council under Bishop Kinny. He was also an Honorary Knights of Columbus member.
Lester was also active within the community of Berthold, serving on the Berthold School Board for nine years, President of the Berthold Fire District Board for 17 years, Berthold Township Board for 31 years, serving as clerk and treasurer, volunteer for the Berthold Ambulance for 19 years and was a Berthold Lions Club member of many years. Lester also was on the Farmers Union Board. He collected owl jewelry and volunteered at the Norsk Hostfest for many years.
Lester is survived by:
Wife of 56 years, Fay, Berthold, ND; children: Catherine (David) Shelkey, Berthold, Elizabeth (Roger) Buggert, Alexandria, MN, Joseph (Lorna) Lautenschlager, Berthold, ND, Mary (Mitch) Depute, Melrose, MN, Paula (John) Schoorl, Quartz Hill, CA, Michael (Ginger) Lautenschlager, Berthold, Ann Marie (Michael) Dittmer, Garden Plains, KS, Timothy (Stacy) Lautenschlager, Kenmare, ND; 24 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren:
Siblings: Genovieve Hall, Berthold, ND, Eugene Lautenschlager, Grand Forks, ND, Lyle (Karen) Lautenschlager, Hilltop, TX, Tom (Joanne) Lautenschlager, Minot, ND, Eileen (Andy) Anderson, Mossy Rock, WA, Doris (Jim) Goettle, Donnybrook, ND, Dan (Jean) Lautenschlager, Minot, Daryl (Peggy) Lautenschlager, Byron, MN: two brothers-in-law: Chuck Boucher, Lake Wales, FL, and John Boucher, Minot; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Hildegarde, grandparents, an infant brother Timothy; sisters-in-law Shirley and Phyllis Boucher, Sally Lautenschlager, brother-in-law Clarence Hall and several aunts and uncles.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 1 until 3 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot and from 5 until 7 pm at St. Anns Catholic Church, Berthold
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7 pm at St. Anns Catholic Church, Berthold, ND
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. Anns Catholic Church, Berthold, ND
Burial: Wildrose Cemetery, Berthold, ND
January 7, 1924 - August 25, 2014
Evelyn Troska was born January 7, 1924, the daughter of John and Cecelia (Osdoba) Troska, in Wells, MN. Her mother, Cecelia died from pneumonia days after giving birth to Evelyn. Around 1930, Evelyn, her sister Bernadette, and their father John moved to Minneapolis where Evelyn attended St. Stephens Parochial School through the 8th grade. She graduated from Minneapolis Central High School in 1941.
Until her marriage to Orin Baertsch in 1945, she was employed as a secretary to the President of the John W. Thomas Co. in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis for a year and then moved to North Dakota, living in the Mandan-Bismarck area for two years then moved to Minot in 1949.
Evelyn was a member of St. Leos Catholic Church, then later St. Johns the Apostle Catholic Church, both in Minot, as well as Our Lady Of Lourdes in Sun City West, AZ, where they maintained a winter home for 16 years. Orin passed away in 1996.
During the early years in Minot, Evelyn was a member of the Jayceettes, a Cub Scout den mother, and secretary-treasurer of the Friends of the Gallery and an active worker in the Art Fest. She was a member of the Minot Art Association, a volunteer at Trinity Hospital and delivered Meals on Wheels for a time.
She was an avid reader and was a patron of the Minot Public Library where she was honored with a plaque, citing her for the large number of books she read.
She was a very talented and prolific painter, producing dozens of paintings for her family and friends.
She enjoyed playing scrabble and spent many summertime hours caring for her flower garden.
Surviving family includes: sons, Orin Jr. and his wife, Janette, Santee, CA and their children, Orin Wesley III, Jeannie Gonzales, and Michelle Baertsch; Randy Baertsch of Minot; Richard and his wife Janene, Lake Havasu City, AZ and their children Chelsey Kovalchick, Rachel Saeem; David and his wife Patricia, Dunedin, FL and their children, Nicole and Samantha; daughter Winnifred (Winnie) Puckett and her husband, Zane, Romona, CA and their children Sarah and Matthew, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her mother, father and step mother; husband, Orin, and her sister, Bernadette Kennedy.
Graveside Service: Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 1:30 pm at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
In lieu of flowers, please say a prayer for Evelyn and her family.
April 1, 1955 - August 24, 2014
He was born April 1, 1955, in Minot, the son of Dr. George M. and Bette (Clausen) Christensen. Reared in Minot, he was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church and graduated from Minot High School in 1973.
He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo before transferring to Minot State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1986. He moved to El Paso, Texas, and taught at Andress High School for 12 years, where he was the coach of the Academic Decathlon Team and the advisor for the high school rodeo club. Since moving back to Minot in 1998, he had taught at the Burdick Job Corps Center where he was affectionately known by his students as Mr. C. He loved his students and took great pride in their success.
Outside the classroom, Paul lived a cowboys life. He took to it early, starting as a boy following in the footsteps of his father. He was a good hand with horses and enjoyed many trail rides with his special friends and the camaraderie that was part of it. He participated in countless cattle drives, roundups and brandings. He especially enjoyed riding in the Badlands.
He chaired the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. He also was a member of the Minot Kiwanis Club, Minot Ys Men, the Ys Mens Rodeo Committee and the Minot Trail Riders.
When he moved back to Minot in 1998, it was to share with his sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Marv Semrau, in the care of his father who suffered from Lou Gehrigs disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He died in 2000 and his mother in 1995.
After losing his home to the 2011 flood, Paul found his piece of paradise on top of a hill outside of Sawyer where his home overlooked his horses.
Paul was very close to his sister and brother-in-law. He was a great cook and enjoyed preparing his Sunday Night Suppers for them. He was known affectionately as Uncle Bugger
to his niece and nephew.
Surviving are his sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Marv Semrau, Minot; a nephew, Chris (Roslynn) Semrau and their children, Nora and Gordon, all of Sioux Falls, SD; niece, Amy (Stuart) Nostdahl and their son, Quinn, all Minneapolis, MN; aunt, Joyce Clausen, Williston, an uncle, Charles (Tracy) Clausen, Baltimore, MD, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and uncles, Tomy Clausen and Arvild Christensen and his wife Dorothy.
Funeral: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation: While there is no reviewal, friends may sign a register Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, PO Box 137, Medora, ND, 58645, or to the Triangle Y Camp, P.O. Box 69, Minot, ND 58702.
February 11, 1938 - August 23, 2014
Marlys was born on February 11, 1938, in Velva, ND, the daughter of Lars and Christine (Sanderson) Stenvold. She was raised in Velva until the age of 12 when the family moved to Minot. She later helped on the family farm in Harvey for a few years and then when she was 20 moved to Great Falls, Montana. Marlys was once married to Charles Blanchard. Marlys lived in Michigan for a few years and in 1975, moved back to Minot where she worked for the Ramada Inn for over 25 years.
Marlys married Richard Brockell in 1983. Richard passed away shortly after their marriage from an accidental fall.
Marlyss grandchildren were the love of her life. She enjoyed the Norsk Hostfest, especially Bjoro Haaland, shopping at the mall, visiting friends and cross stitching.
Survivors: son, Bryon (Tonya) Blanchard, Wakarusa, IN; daughters, Christine Blanchard, Donna Patzner and Melody (Charles) Johnson all of Minot; grandchildren, Terry Patzner Jr., Maxwell Patzner, Simon Blanchard and Rowan Blanchard; sisters, Laura Leibelt, Fessenden, ND and June Sreitz, Minot.
Marlyss was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents; and siblings, Mabel Coffeey, Selma Buethe, Marion Nelson, Lars, Arnold, Loyd and Joe Stenvold.
Memorial Service: Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot. Friends may sign a register book one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Velva Community Cemetery, Velva, ND.
Bachmeier, Mark "Bach"
March 20, 1962 - August 22, 2014
Mark Anthony Bach Bachmeier was born March 20, 1962, the son of Anton Tony and Mary (Bachmeier) Bachmeier, in Minot. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 1981.
Mark worked at K-Mart for a time before starting his career with the North Dakota Department of Transportation where he put in 30 years of service.
In 1992, Mark moved to Norwich, ND, and in 1996, he met the love of his life, Clarinda Rinda. Mark and Rinda were married in April of 1998, on main street in Granville, ND, on McGillicuddy Day, where they had the privilege of being the first married couple of McGillicuddy City, USA.
Bach enjoyed the outdoors very much and was very passionate about hunting and fishing. He was an avid whitetail deer hunter and was very proud of his 5x5 drop tine buck which is hung proudly in his living room for anyone who came to visit to see. Mark loved taking family and friends out to his favorite hunting spots where lots of stories were told and memories were made. One of his greatest pleasures was being able to take kids on their first hunt.
Mark, along with his wife, Rinda, and best bud, Tom, were able to travel to beautiful Alaska, where they got the opportunity to fish for salmon, halibut, and were even lucky enough to have a successful bear hunt.
Mark also enjoyed the sport of auto racing and was a very dedicated Dale Earhardt, Sr., fan. He also enjoyed the thrill of being on the race track and raced several Enduros. He passed this on to his stepson, Chris, who he nicknamed "Putz", which was meant with love, and loved like he was his own son. He truly enjoyed helping Chris and his friends get into the sport and would take parts out of what he called Bachs bone yard, which was his collection of junk cars behind the trees at their home.
For many years, anyone who you ran into Mark would notice that he was never alone. Only a few steps away was always his Lucky Girl which was Mark and Rindas yellow lab named, Lucky. Anyone who knew Bach knew he wouldnt beat around the bush with you and was always gonna shoot you straight but thats what made Mark, well Mark. He had a contagious smile and even though he wouldn't admit it, had a heart the size of North Dakota and would give you the shirt off his back or his last dollar if somebody needed it. He was always willing to be a friend if you needed it and was always willing to share a cold PBR.
Surviving family includes: wife of 16 years, Rinda Bachmeier, Norwich, ND; son, Chris Putz Reuer and fiancé, Laura Wolla, Minot; grand dog; Knox;
sister, Rebecca Movchan, Minot; nephew, Dustin Movchan; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Mary Bachmeier; sister, Debby Bachmeier; nephew, Shannon Movchan; uncles, John, Mike, and Ben Bachmeier; aunts, Beatrice Young, Mary Lesmeister, Bernadine Lee, and Margaret Bachmeier; and his loyal dog, Lucky.
Sharing of Memories: Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal but friends may sign the register book on Thursday from one hour prior to the service at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Yoder, Magdalena "Lee"
October 13, 1936 - August 19, 2014
She leaves many great, and cherished memories for her family. She will be missed immensely by her loving family, and dear friends. She was the most loving woman anyone could ask for.
She is survived by her mother, MAGDALENA WALTER, sons, KEVIN (JANETTE) YODER, JEFFREY (CAROLE) YODER, BRETT YODER, sisters, AUDREY (LEROY) DUNKEL, GLADYS (BOB) DASTOUS, ALICE (RON) HOMBERG, and SHARON WALTER; brothers, ROBERT WALTER, CHARLES (BEVERLY) WALTER; grandsons, BRANDON (Jasmin), BYRON, and BRADY and great grandson, Aydin and numerous extended family and friends.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 11 AM at St. Leos Catholic Church in Minot, ND. Friends may sign a guest one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Burial will take place on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Fulda Cemetery, Fulda, ND.
June 10, 1923 - August 13, 2014
Clara Marie Westerness was born June 10, 1923, the daughter of John W. and Esther (Ostenrud) Matson, on the family farm located northeast of Battleview, ND. She was raised on the family farm and attended a country school in the area. As a young adult, she worked as a hired girl on neighboring farms.
Clara married Alvin Westerness November of 1942, at Plentywood, Montana. They made their home on a farm located in Leaf Mountain Township of Burke County, south of Columbus, ND, where they raised their two daughters. They later moved to Bowbells, where Clara enjoyed visiting and playing cards with friends. She also enjoyed helping friends who needed assistance.
Alvin passed away in February of 1991. In August of 2004, she moved into the Kenmare Baptist home, where she continued to reside until she had fallen and broken her hip and had to move into the Kenmare Skilled Nursing Unit, where she received wonderful care and was treated like family by their staff and Dr. Jody Olson.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus and attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bowbells.
Her loving family includes: daughters, Genevieve (Jack) Aufforth, Bowbells, and Shirley Driessen, Jamestown; grandchildren, Jon (Tara) Eggen, Dawn-Marie (Jeremy) Johnson, Darci Eggen (Todd Theede), J.R. (Miranda) Aufforth, Raymond (Marni) Driessen, and Ted Driessen;
16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Calvin Matson, Damascas, OR, and Willard Matson, Devils Lake, ND; sister, Lily Hajj, Lincoln, NE, and Betsy (Palmer) Bakken, Fargo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin Westerness; sisters, Ethel, Agnes, and Millie; and brothers, Robert, Benny, and Delano.
Funeral: Monday, August 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells.
Interment: Bowbells Community Cemetery, Bowbells, ND.
Visitation: Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare.
Memorials: are preferred to Bethelehem Lutheran Church in Bowbells, or the Kenmare Hospital.
November 5, 1942 - August 12, 2014
Louis Walter Long was born November 5, 1942, the son of Arthur Frank Long, Sr. and Malena (Baker) Long, in Minot. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 1960.
Louis enlisted in the United States Army on October 3, 1961. He proudly served his country as a medic in Germany and Vietnam, and was honorably discharged September 16, 1964. He later enlisted in the Army National Guard where he served for several years.
Following his honorable discharge, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he worked as a butcher for a time. He then moved back to Minot, where he worked for Trinity Hospital as a scrub tech in surgery.
Louis married Alice A. Arnold May 4, 1976, in Minot. From this union, a son, Corey, was born. They made their home in Minot, where he continued to work for Trinity until retiring in the late 1990s.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Minot American Legion Post #26, and the Butte American Legion.
He enjoyed hunting wild turkey and deer throughout the years with his friends and son Corey as well as fishing, and evenings at the VFW Club. Louis spent a lot of time gardening and gave away the vegetables he grew to neighbors and friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his Chihuahua dogs, Peenuts and Munchie.
His loving family includes: wife of 38 years, Alice Long, Minot; son and daughter-in-law, Corey and Jessica Long, Minot; grandson, Nicholas Arnold Long, Minot; brothers, Monte Long, Gordonville, Texas, Arthur Frank Long, Jr, Utah, and Fred Emil Motschman, California; sisters, Ilajean (Tommy) Reams, Elk Ridge, MD, Linda Elwood, Peoria, AZ; Josephine Ann Kjonaas, Minot; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, James L. Elwood; niece, Billie Jean Kjonaas; nephew, James Ray Elwood; and beloved pet dog, Chihuahua, Peenuts.
Memorial Service: Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register book on Saturday from 9 am to service time at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to Souris Valley Animal Shelter.
Cunningham, Mary Saltsman
April 24, 1919 - August 11, 2014
At the end of the War, Mary returned to Minot, North Dakota to attend Minot Business College and became an accountant. After completing college, she worked in the Minot County Assessor's office before being recalled by the US Navy in 1951. She was assigned Supply Check positions in California and Hawaii. She was assigned as a Navy Recruiter in the states of Washington and California. Mary received many outstanding honors while serving as a female in the US Navy.
While working in Burbank, California, Mary met and married Senior Chief Donald F. Cunningham in 1960. Mary also became a Master Chief while serving in Monterrey, California. The honor of Master Chief was a position few women experienced during their military career.
Mary retired in December 1970, and she and Donald ,(passed 2005), chose to live in Chula Vista, California for the remainder of their lives. Predeceased by her husband Donald F. Cunningham, Brother, George J. Saltsman, Sister, Mable Saltsman and Nephew, Craig Saltsman. Surviving relatives are Mary Saltsman, sister in law and nephews, George Saltsman and Bill Saltsman.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Burial will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday August 22, 2014, at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
A visitation and celebration of her life was held at Funeraria Del Angel Humphrey, on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rose Chapel, located at 753 Broadway, Chula Vista, California 91910.
March 9, 1937 - August 10, 2014
Darell Charles Brown was born March 9, 1937, the son of Harry A. and Mabel P. (Pederson) Brown, in Minot, ND. He was raised and educated in Berthold, graduating from Berthold High School in 1955. He then attended Minot State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1960.
Darell enlisted in the United States Army September 26, 1961. He proudly served his country and was stationed at Fort Ord, California, and was honorably discharged August 20, 1963.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he taught school in Nevada for a short time.
He then made his home in Los Angeles, CA, where he started working for the Los Angeles Public Library in March of 1965. During this time, he also received a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Southern California. He retired from there March 17, 1997, but continued to sub at the library and also donated his time toward special projects at the library as well.
Darell continued to reside in Los Angeles, until 2011, when he moved to Bemidji, Minnesota, due to health reasons.
He enjoyed traveling, reading, genealogy, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving family includes: brothers, Ralph Brown, Berthold, and Joe (Carolyn) Brown, Berthold; nieces and nephews, Becky Bendikson, Barbara (Paul) Zuther, Ralph (Marlene) Brown, Jr., Maylynn (Knute) Asmundson, Michael Brown, Eugene (Pat) Brown, Daniel Brown, Patricia Olson, Diane (Richard) Odegard, Susan (Timothy) Thoreson, Timothy Brown, Marie Berg, Deborah Berg Carmine, Patricia Berg (Tom Lund), Nancy Berg, Mary Jane Berg, Rebecca (Neil) Harski, Molly (Paul) Pashibin, Les (Robin) Taylor, Spencer (Stacy) Brown, Amy (Dean) Pederson, David Brown, Deborah (Timothy) Hunter, Tracey Bowers, Ronald (Kerry) Stafford, Joseph (Nancy) Brown, Jeffrey (Jill) Brown, Jacqulyn (Randy) Clark, Jerry (Kim) Brown, Jay Brown, John (Candace) Brown, James (Terri) Brown, Jennifer (Thomas) Hanson, Jordan (Mindy) Brown, Theresa Kinney, Marilyn Peisar, Gary Brown, Darla (Keith) Steele, Todd (Cindy) Brown, Jamie (Stanley) Johnston, Jody (Dean) Fox, Dale (Michelle) Brown, Dustin Brown, Annette Schultz, and Melissa (Andrew) Geray; special cousins, Dick (Jo) Pederson; and numerous great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.
Darell was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold, Harry (JoAnn), James, Maynard, and John Jack (Laurella) Brown; and sisters, Ruth (Joe) Berg, Jeanette (Merton) Schultz, and Mae Brown; nephews, Charles Johnson, William Brown, and niece, Roxey Ellingford.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anns Catholic Church, Berthold.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Sharing of Memories: Friday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to Minnesota/Dakota Alzheimers Association.
January 27, 1993 - August 7, 2014
Kaitlyn Theona Bacon was born on January 27, 1993, the daughter of Ryan and Michelle (McIntee) Bacon in Minot, ND. She was raised on the family farm near Granville, ND, and attended Granville School, where she graduated from high school in 2011. She furthered her education at Minot State University where she was about to begin her senior year majoring in History Education.
Kaitlyn worked in Minot at North Hill Dairy Queen, Tutti Frutti, and most recently at Buffalo Wild Wings as a server. She had an infectious smile, and was full of energy. She was an avid sports fan, especially of her brother Luke, she was his biggest fan. She was active as a cheerleader at TGU and for Minot State University.
Kaitlyn loved deer hunting with her family, working with her sheep, playing with farm kittens and ice fishing with her dad. She was a member of Hope Congregational Church in Granville, and participated in 4-H and FFA.
Kaitlyn is survived by:
Parents Ryan and Michelle Bacon, Granville; brother Luke Bacon, Granville; paternal grandmother Judy Bacon, Granville; maternal grandmother Dena (Wes) Filler, Minot; maternal grandfather Michael (Cyndi) McIntee, Bottineau, ND; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
Kaitlyn was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Rodney Bacon and an uncle Shane McIntee.
Visitation: Sunday, August 10, 2014 from noon until 5 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 2 pm at Hope Congregational Church, Granville, ND
Burial: Granville Community Cemetery, Granville, ND
August 25, 1930 - August 7, 2014
Jack was the second twin born on August 25, 1930, in Archer City, Texas to Joseph Lafayette Waits and Ethie Janell Wright Waits. Jack was a surprise to his parents because they were expecting only one baby. Unprepared, they placed the name Baby Boy on his birth certificate. Years later when Jack filed for social security, he had to legally change his name from Baby Boy to Jack Morris the name he had used his entire life.
Jack began working at a young age driving a truck when he was 12 years old. He played football in high school and graduated at 16, at which time he worked with his father on oil wells in New Orleans. This marked the beginning of a decades-long career with Noble Drilling Corporation, until he retired as a District Drilling Superintendent.
Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna; daughters Diana Turner (Mark), all of Minot, and Pam Waits (Stephen Hansen), Chicago; grandson Nathan Turner, Manhattan, Kansas; brothers, Fred and Carl Church, both of Illinois, and sister Gay Lynn Dickens of North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers John Waits (twin), Donald Church and Kenneth Church.
Jack was a kind and generous man who loved his family. He will be greatly missed.
No services will be held as cremation has taken place.
September 7, 1945 - August 7, 2014
Judy was born on September 17, 1945, in Bottineau, ND the daughter of Fred and Olga (Opdahl) Johnson. She was reared and educated in Newburg and graduated from Newburg High School in 1963. Judy attended Minot Business College and in 1964, earned her Certificate in Business.
Judy was united in marriage to Dwight Ballantyne on June 6, 1970, in Rugby ND. The couple made their home in Souris where Dwight farmed until 1978 when they moved to Minot. Judy worked for a Minot insurance company up until the time of her death. Dwight passed away on November 25, 1997.
Survivors: brothers, Glen Johnson, Minot and Merton (Linda) Johnson, Minot; sister, Violet (Donnie) Seiffert, Westhope, ND; sisters-in-law, Frances Johnson, Downey, CA and Sandra Ostrom, Minot; and several nieces and nephews.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight, parents, and brothers, Clarence and Wayne Johnson.
Funeral Service: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Burial will take place on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Westhope Cemetery, Westhope, ND.
Memorials preferred to Trinity Hospice or the Westhope Cemetery Fund.
February 10, 1921 - August 5, 2014
Russel E. Torkelson was born on February 10, 1921, a son of Tilfred and Inga (Christianson) Torkelson in Kenmare, ND. He was raised and educated in Kenmare.
On July 30, 1942, Russel enlisted into the United States Army, serving with the medics. He proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on January 12, 1945.
On June 16, 1946, Russel was united in marriage to Ruth Erickson at First Baptist Church in Kenmare. They made their home in Kenmare, where Russel worked as a carpenter.
Russel was a charter member of Faith Baptist Church of Kenmare, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Trustee and Usher for many years. He made crosses of various sizes and shared them with church family, as well as people within the community. He was also active on the Kenmare School board for nine years. He served as President during the building of the new school.
Russel is survived by:
Wife of 68 years, Ruth, Kenmare:
Children: Janice Torkelson, Shoreview, MN, Ron (Jan) Torkelson, Fargo, ND, Sandy (Steve) Cech, Minot, ND, Rev. Rick (Deb) Torkelson, Washburn, ND;
Grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lisa (Ross) Wilhelm and their children Anna and Andrew of Fargo, ND, Sara (Kevin) Wirkkala and their children Aubrie, Kylie and Madelyn of Circle Pines, MN, Jill (Sean) Todd, and their children Evan and Carson of West Fargo, ND, Amy (Brandon) Miller and their son Nathan of Issaquah, WA, Katie Torkelson, Grand Forks, ND, Ryan (Kate) Cech and their daughters Katarina and Kristiana of Alexandria, VA, Brooke (Jeff) Swartz and their children Chezney and Cruz, of Castle Rock, CO.
Sister: Alta Johnson, Kenmare, ND;
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Russel was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Glenn and Roy, sisters Lyda Nelson and Thelma Mayer.
Visitation: Friday would be from 3-6 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare
Funeral Service: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11 am at Faith Baptist Church, Kenmare
Graveside Service: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 2 pm at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND
April 14, 1925 - August 2, 2014
Sylvia was born on April 14, 1925, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of Charles and Pearl (Thompson) Tieml. She was raised and educated in Winnipeg.
Sylvia was united in marriage to Walter I. Stromstad on June 30, 1950, in Winnipeg. The couple made their home on a farm located in Hamerly Township, Renville County, rural Sherwood, ND. They farmed small grains until 1985 when they retired and moved to Minot.
In retirement Sylvia enjoyed volunteering at Trinity Hospital Gift Shop, Sons of Norway and also St. Josephs Hospital. Sylvia loved to read, being outside gardening and working in her flower beds.
Sylvia was a former member of the Hamerly Homemakers Club, Hamerly Lutheran Church and the Hamerly Lutheran Church Ladies Aide.
Survivors: daughters, Barbara (Dave) Stanley, Hillsboro, ND and Lorraine (Brad) Boschee, Minot, grandchildren, Dan Orth, Cheryl Ingerson, and Bradley Krueger; great-grandchildren, Alex, Abigail, and Autumn Ingerson, Morgan and Tristan Orth and Rylan, Gavin and Levi Krueger; and sisters, Alice Waters, Laura Pope and Jean Michaelis all of British Columbia.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, parents, Charles and Pearl, and sisters, Norma Stewart and Margaret Timwell.
Funeral Service: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot
Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial will take place at 1:45 p.m. at Hamerly Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sherwood, ND.
February 10, 1963 - July 30, 2014
Jeff was born February 10, 1963 to Frederick and Nancy (Rastello) Marcille. In March 1986 at the age of 23, Jeff joined the military, serving in the United States Air Force, where he became a Jet Engine Mechanic. In 1989, he married Nancy (Levadney), which brought forth two beautiful daughters, Kayla , 24 and Kelsey, 22. After 20 years of military service, Jeffery retired from the Air Force and returned to Minot with his family. In 2008, he landed a job at Minot Air Force Base as a Helicopter Mechanic working for Doss Aviation and later L-3 Com Vertex. Jeff was a very skilled Aircraft Mechanic constantly striving for perfection, while still continuing to mentor all who worked with him.
Jeff truly treasured his family, he especially loves his wife and their two daughters. He was a devoted husband and doodling father. Jeffs other loves included hunting, fishing, golfing, he enjoyed spending time with his family and his two dogs, Sassy and Corky. He was a true Chicago sports fan closely following the Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks.
Jeff will be sadly missed by all but never forgotten!
Survivors include: Wife, Nancy, daughters, Kayla of Ramstein AFB Germany, and Kelsey of Minot; sister, Celeste (Pat) Engstrom of Wichita, KS; brother, Jon (Cindy) Marcille of Peoria,IL; Father, Fredrick (Elizabeth) Macrille of Peoria, IL; Niece, Angelina Lennington of Fargo; Nephew, Matthew Lennington of Fargo; Sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Barb and Jim Lennington, Bismarck; Mother-in-law, Margaret Levadney, and also his best friend whom he considered a brother, Paul Mitchell. He also had numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jeff was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Marcille; paternal grandparents, Byron and Hester Marcille, maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Edith Rastello, and father-in-law, Roy Levadney.
Friends may sign a register book Sunday, August 3rd from 3 p.m. until 5p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 3rd at 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Flowers are welcome but in lieu donations may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project and Farm Rescue.
June 27, 1919 - July 28, 2014
Russell was born on June 27, 1919, in Erdahl, MN, the son of Pete and Lena (Sperry) Anderson. He was one of ten children and educated near Benson, MN. As a young man he worked on the Work Projects Administration and spent two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his family.
Russell was drafted into the United States Army in 1941, where he was trained as a tank mechanic. He fought in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Russell was wounded in France and upon his honorable discharge in 1945, he received a purple heart.
In 1950, Russell moved to North Dakota where he was employed as a farm hand for many years. He married Marlys Hagerud on July 19, 1952, in Minot. The couple made their home in Kenmare. Russell later became custodian at the Kenmare Public School from which he retired.
He was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, the Kenmare American Legion and the National Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge.
Survivors: wife, Marlys, Kenmare; daughter, Terri (Ronnie) Hoskin, Maxbass, ND; son, Benny (Dee) Anderson, Rapid City, SD; grandchildren, Ronda (Joel) Kelly, Glenburn, Bryan (Valarie) Hoskin, Minot and Marty (Nicole) Hoskin, Bismarck; great-grandchildren, Noah, Savannah and Elijah Kelly, Breanna and Brenden Hoskins, Cambree, Cade and Brilee Hoskins and Matthew Block.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and seven brothers.
Memorial Service: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare.
Friends may sign a guest book one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Kenmare
March 2, 1956 - July 27, 2014
Mark Ronald Bahl was born on March 2, 1956, the son of Ronald and Eleanor Bahl in Minot, ND. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Bishop Ryan High School and the North Dakota State College of Science.
Mark lived in various locations throughout his lifetime, including Minot, Michigan and Wisconsin. He held various positions including assistant plant manager at Morris Rodweeder, until they moved plant operations to Canada. He then worked for the Local 300 in numerous nuclear and industrial plants. Mark was a business owner and built several homes including one of his own.
On June 29, 1985, Mark was united in marriage to Jo Nostdahl. They recently celebrated 29 years of marriage. They were blessed with five sons; Jon was born February 2, 1989, Alex on March 28, 1991, Landon on May 6, 1992, Grayson on February 10, 1996 and Mikel on November 8, 2000. Marks passion was his sons. His favorite place to spend time with his family was at his cabin at Lake Metigoshe. He took great enjoyment and spent countless hours teaching all of his sons how to ski. He took so much pride in his sons and their accomplishments he would tear up just talking about them. He never missed an important day in any of their lives. Marks winters were dedicated to his sons hockey practice, games, and building his outdoor rinks. In the fall, he loved going hunting with his boys.
Throughout his illness, he never once complained, and would always crack a joke, even on his worst days. His concerns were always and only about his wife and boys needs, even when he knew he was losing the battle. This was not unique to Mark, as he was truly a selfless person.
Marks many tangible awards and times of recognition will never hold a candle in relation to the significance that his presence and his life had upon all who were lucky enough to have known him. Through his influence on the action of all his friends and family, especially his five sons, his legacy will not only continue to live on, but it will thrive. His fireside jokes and humor will greatly and forever be missed. You will be so forever loved!
Mark is survived by:
Wife, Jo Bahl, Minot, five sons: Jon, Minot, Alex, Minot, Landon, Minot, Grayson at home and Mikel, at home; father and mother-in-law: Ward and Marge Nostdahl, Minot; brothers and sisters-in-law: Nancy (Gene) Gackle, Minot, Karen (Pete) Johnson, Berthold, and Julie (Terry) Elsberry, Minot; Tom (Laurie) Nostdahl, Underwood, Jim (Trish) Nostdahl, Grand Forks;
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jeanne Johnson and nephew Steven Johnson.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest book on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 5 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Thursday, at 7 in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11 am at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
Wilcox, William "Bill"
July 10, 1933 - July 26, 2014
William Bill Wilcox was born July 10, 1933, in Columbus, ND, one of six children born to the late George O. and Grace Marie (Hulick) Wilcox. He was raised and educated in Columbus, ND.
He enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1948. He proudly served his country during Korean War and was discharged September of 1951.
Bill was once married to Roberta Swick. From this union, three children were born, Michael, Donna, and Barbara. Bill lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Moses Lake, WA, before moving to Minot in 1962. Bill worked as a truck driver for various companies all of his life. In Minot, he worked for H&H Trucking, Westland Oil, and Minot Builders Supply.
Bill was married to Opal, who later passed away.
Bill was once married to Norma Johnson. From this union, a son, David, was born.
He enjoyed watching Sprint Car Races, fishing, and spending time with his family.
His loving family includes: children, Michael R. Wilcox and his companion, Lois Godsey, Phoenix City, AL, Donna R. (Roger) Wilcox, Dayton, NV, and Barbara (Dave) Rust, Minot, and David Wilcox, Jamestown; grandchildren, Michael William Wilcox, Shawna Perry, Seth Miller, Jeremy (Sandy) Rust, Jason (Andrea) Rust, Jennifer (Nic) Condos; step-children, Karla, Guy, Renee, and Michelle; step-grandchildren, Jacob, Josh, Kyle, Kastle, Kari, Heather, Heidi, Holly;
10 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Eva Wilcox, Edwardsville, IL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Opal; brothers, Harlan, Bud, and Raymond Wilcox, sisters, Doris Hughes and Dorothy Peterson, and nephew, Richard Hughes.
Memorial Service: Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: Thursday one hour prior to the service at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
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