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Albert Simpfenderfer, 87, Buffalo, Wyo., and formerly of Mandan, died Jan. 4, 2000 in a Buffalo care center. Services will be held at 11 a.m. MST Saturday, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel, Buffalo. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery, Buffalo.
He is survived by one son, Wilbert, Bismarck; one daughter, LaVonne Gift, Buffalo; two brothers, Carl, Lodi, Calif., and John, Bismarck; and seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. (Adams Funeral Home, Buffalo)
Clara was born on Feb. 5, 1904 in Rothsay, Minn., the daughter of Bernhard and Othea (Pedersen) Johnson. She was raised and educated in Kidder County. She married Andreas Lien on Dec. 12, 1930 in Steele. Andreas died in November 1966. She was an avid fisherman until she could no longer reel that big one in during her eighties. She loved playing cards and going to bingo. Clara took pride in her family and friends and made her children proud to call her "Mom."
Clara is survived by her daughter, LaVerne Gertz, Mandan; her son and daughter-in-law, DeWayne and Lynn, Alliance, Neb.; one son-in-law, Keith Layton, Casper, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Andreas; one daughter, LaVonne Layton; one son and daughter-in-law, Melford and Carlene; one son-in-law, Don Gertz; and four sisters and three brothers. (Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan)
Alvin was born on Dec. 30, 1919, at Dalhen. He was the son of George and Amalia (Moen) Olson. He was raised in Dalhen and graduated from Dalhen High School. He attended Mayville College in Mayville. He served in the military and was attached to the 8th Air Force stationed in England.
He worked as a telegrapher/agent for the Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern Railroad in Montana and Glen Ullin for 33 years. He retired in 1980.
Alvin enjoyed listening to music as well as playing the piano. He had been involved in men's chorus and choir. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bismarck.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa; one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Nancy, Hutchinson, Minn.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Bonita and Clyde Kraenzel, Hebron, Sheila and Lyle Dalsted, Colstrip, Mont., Pamela and Jim Hammel, Fort Worth, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and one sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Don McLean, Lakota.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Edna and Adeline.
(Bismarck Funeral Home)
Alma Carr, longtime resident of McLean County was born Alma Jeanine Ellingson, on May 2, 1906, to Jens Ellingson and Anna Bakken Ellingson, at the family homestead north of Turtle Lake. Alma was the youngest of six children born to the Ellingsons. Alma's mother died when she was nine days old of measles. A brother, Oscar, had died a week earlier also of measles.
Three Ellingson children, Clara, Carl and Hannah, were sent to live with relatives in the Stewartville, Minn., area while Alma and her brother, Hjalmer, were cared for by an uncle, John Ellingson, and his wife, Sophie. The couple later adopted Alma at age six.
Alma was baptized and confirmed in St. Olaf Lutheran Church, north of Turtle Lake, and graduated in 1925 from Turtle Lake High School. She took part in many high school activities, including the girls' basketball team which in those days would take the train to compete against teams from Mercer and other nearby towns.
Following high school, she attended what was called a "teachers' institute" and then taught for about four years in a country school. She was married on June 22, 1929 to Elmer G. Carr, who had come to North Dakota from southeastern Minnesota as a young man. They engaged in farming north of Turtle Lake from 1929 to 1944 and lived in Turtle Lake from 1944 to 1949.
Elmer Carr was elected sheriff of McLean County in 1948, resulting in the family's move to Washburn, where they lived in the sheriff's quarters in the county jail building. Following his term as sheriff, Elmer, who was active in the Nonpartisan League, was elected a term in the state House of Representatives. He also worked for the G.C. Hoffman automobile business in Washburn.
Alma Carr was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; and two daughters, Claudia and Margaret, both of whom died in childhood. Elmer Carr died in 1956. She also was preceded in death by LeRoy Hanson, a nephew of Elmer Carr who had come to live with the family as an infant, following the death of his mother. Also preceded by grandson, Kurt Meyer.
Alma Carr had lived in the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck since August of 1990.
The family's time in residence in the McLean County jail was a memorable one. It coincided with the construction of the Garrison Dam, resulting in considerable law enforcement activity.
But Alma's good food and kind treatment was noted by jail prisoners. One prisoner kept a scrapbook of pictures and school activity clippings about the Carr children.
Alma was always ready with buns, cake and cookies for school and church activities. She was always present for school events, including band concerts and athletic events. Several Carr daughters were cheerleaders and her two sons were active in basketball, baseball and football.
Alma is mourned by eight daughters and two sons, and their families. They are: Betty Kleingartner (Meinhardt), Bismarck, Marian Meyer (Neil), Bismarck, JoAnn Nelson (Gerry), Minneapolis, Zona Sannes (Lyle) Melrose, Minn., Audrey Gilbertson (James), Marco Island, Fla., Beverly Hale (Robert), Englewood, Fla., Carol Olson (Michael), St. Cloud, Minn., Claudette Ness (Clark), Washburn, Quentin (Jennifer), Seward, Alaska, and Clayton (Elaine), Washburn; 31 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Survivors also include Norma (Mrs. LeRoy) Hanson, Bismarck, her children and grandchildren, also considered members of the family. Also surviving are descendants of Albert, Marcus and Elsie Ellingson Carr, of the John Ellingson family into which Alma was adopted, and descendants of her own brother and sister, Carl Ellingson and Hannah Ellingson.
(Goetz Funeral Home, Washburn)
Harry Horne Jr.
Irven was born June 29, 1920 to Andrew and Karen Johnson, the seventh of eight children. He grew up on the Frederick Township farm where he would spend the rest of his working life, except for a brief stint in the CCC during the depression, and following 1984, when he moved to Crosby with his late wife, Carol.
He was educated at Liberty School and attended one year of high school in Williston, then returned to the family farm after his stint in the CCC. He married Carol Wilson of Washburn, a teacher in the community, on July 18, 1943 and they reared seven children.
Farming and political activity were Irven's life. He and his brother, Abner, operated a dairy which supplied whole milk to Power Creamery for 23 years.
Irven began his political activity as precinct committeeman, and after 10 years in that position, was chosen to be chairman of the district Democrat-NPL party for three years. Subsequently, he was west district vice-chairman for the party for three years.
He ran for the House of Representatives in 1970 and was elected to that office seven times, never having suffered a defeat, when he retired at the end of 1984. During the entire period he stuck with his two chosen committees -- education and political subdivisions. His work earned him a Distinguished Service Award from the Williston Education Association in 1975, and a legislator of the year award from the Association of Counties, for his support of local government.
He had served on the Liberty Consolidated School Board as treasurer for 17 years, and was a member of the Divide County School Reorganization Board. He was also a township officer and a member of the St. Luke's Hospital Lay Advisory Board. After the closure of Skabo Church, the family embraced Concordia in Crosby, where he served as chairman of the stewardship committee and one the church council.
His wife died in 1996, after having been handicapped for many years as a result of an automobile accident. Their only son, I.J. is the owner of J.Co. Drug in Crosby. Their six daughters include, Karen (Dale) Lucas, San Antonio, Texas, Marjorie Jacobson, Fargo, Jeanine (Steve) Rodvold, Fargo, Marilyn Mitchell, Burlington, Laurie (Kipp) Jenson, Minot, and LuAnn (Dan) Roehrich, Strasburg.
Also surviving are three sisters, Emma Thvedt and Ann Buck, both of Crosby, and Irene Nelson, Boulder, Colo., and his brother, Abner on the family farm at Alamo.
Two brothers, John and Alfred, and a sister, Mabel Fosland, preceded him in death. (Stakston-Martin Funeral Home, Crosby)
Joseph Ferderer the son of Phillip and Clementine (Weber) Ferderer was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Oliver County. He was raised and educated in the Center and New Salem area. Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1947. On June 13, 1949, he married Clara Kautzman in Crown Butte. He worked for Blanks Sales and Service in New Salem, and as a truck driver for Belohlavek Trucking. He drove for Hoovestol Trucking for 20 years before retiring in 1985.
People recognized Joe in his familiar black western outfit. He enjoyed being an avid reader of Westerns, especially those by Zane Grey and watching Western movies. He loved playing pinochle and wanted to win, because losing was not his favorite part of the game. Education was stressed as an important part of his children's development years and above all his grandchildren were the highlight of his life.
Joe is survived by his wife, Clara; one son, Ken (Molly), Minneapolis; two daughters, Judy Kraft, Renton, Wash., and Marilyn (John) Gaebe, Makoti; eight grandchildren; one brother, Ray, Vacaville, Calif.; three sisters, Eva Kokkler, Garrison, Irene (Julius) Reimer, St. Cloud, Minn., Alice (Keith) Henke, Auburn, Wash., and two sisters-in-law, Ann Frank, Dickinson, and Iona Ferdererr, Roseau, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Pete, Vernon, Leo and Bill; and two sisters-in-law,, Gerry Ferderer and Mitzi Ferderer and one brother-in-law, Roy Kokkler. (Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan)
Mildred L. Michel was born in Oakes on Dec. 19, 1910, the daughter of Levi and Emma (Orn) Harris. She graduated from Oakes High School and attended Aberdeen Business College. She married Herman A. Michel on Dec. 19, 1937 at her parents' home in Oakes. The couple lived in Bismarck where Mildred was employed at the Singer Sewing Company and the State Laboratory. After her husband's death in February of 1948, she worked for the Public Service Commission where she was chief clerk for 30 years.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Women's Circle, and several bridge clubs. She enjoyed sewing, reading and traveling. She was especially fond of vacations at her parents' Lake Lida summer cottage in Minnesota. She was a gentle, loving and generous lady.
Mildred is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Richard Barbie, Bismarck; one granddaughter and her husband, Jillian and Chris Hagen, Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Lela McCafferty, Chicago; one sister-in-law, Jane Harris, Hobbs, N.M.; and a special niece, Marlene (Michel) Seeley, Bellingham, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; her parents; two brothers, Wilbur Harris, Hobbs, N.M., and Leonard Harris, Oakes; and an infant sister, Ruby Harris. (Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck)
Ellsworth E. Larson was born July 3, 1914, the son of Lemual and Rose (Bovia) Larson in Bowdon. He was raised in Wells County, and attended school at Silver Lake Township School No. 3. He married Mildred Dehne on Nov. 27, 1940 and farmed until his retirement. He then worked as a maintenance man for the City of Tuttle through the Green Thumb Program.
Ellsworth enjoyed playing guitar and violin. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren and did so until his death. He was a member of English Lutheran Church in Tuttle.
Ellsworth is survived by his wife, Mildred; four daughters and one son-in-law, Nadean Johnson, Bismarck, Coleen Zerr and Lorna Fetzer, both of Tuttle, and Roseanne and Ken Jose, Bismarck; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ellis, Bismarck, Sidney and DeLila, and Lynn Sherman and Diane, all of Tuttle; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Burl and Jean, Lewiston, Minn., and one sister, Rachel Jorgenson, Hurdsfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ernie Larson; an infant daughter, Dawn Marie; one granddaughter, Roylene Johnson; one great-granddaughter, Amanda Heinz; one sister, Marcella; and two sons-in-law, Roy Johnson and James Zerr. (Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck/Steele)
Mary Elizabeth Miller
On Aug. 6, 1949 she married C. Don Miller. They lived and taught in Flasher, Valley City, Wilton, Larimore and Grand Forks in North Dakota, and in Ely and Brooklyn Park, in Minnesota. She also served as a cost accountant with Barry Blower in Minnesota. They retired in 1996 to Mountain Home.
She is survived by her husband, her son, Douglas Miller and wife, Christine, and their children Benjamin and Emily, all of Monticello, Minn.; her daughter, Barbara Andress and husband, Dan, Houston, Texas; one brother Dr. Malcolm Murdoch and wife, Vicki, and their daughter, Mara, Merced, Calif.; and one sister Nancy Murdoch Englerth and husband, Edward, Bismarck, and their daughters, Alison and Rachel.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy, her grandson, Rusty, and her sister, Janet.