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Rudolph Johnson
PLENTYWOOD, Mont. - Rudolph "Rudy" Johnson 82, of Plentywood, Mont., died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Plentywood Lutheran Church in Plentywood. Pastor David C. Curtright will officiate and interment will follow at the Plentywood Cemetery.
The Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood is in charge of arrangements.

Carroll Swenson
KEENE, N.D. - Carroll Morris Swenson, 83, of Keene, died Friday, Feb. 11 2000, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Watford City.
Funeral services were to be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the Keene First Lutheran Church in Keene, with the Rev. Dan Paulson officiating and interment to follow at Good Hope Cemetery at Keene.
The Fulkerson Funeral Home of Watford City was in charge of arrangements.

Wilma A. Ellingson - April 23, 1922 - Feb. 11, 2000
BISMARCK N.D. - Wilma A. Ellingson, 77, Bismarck, died Friday at her home. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck with the Rev. James Sorenson officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, Mandan.
Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. Monday at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck.
Wilma was born April 23, 1922, in Linton the daughter of Wilhelm and Magdalena (Dickhoff) Klaudt. She was raised and educated in the Linton area. On November 30, 1940 she and Duke Ellingson were married at Council Bluffs, Iowa. She and Duke lived in various places while he was in the military and in 1945 they moved to Bismarck. They moved to Williston in 1948 and lived there for 25 years. In1969 they returned to Bismarck where they have lived since. 
Wilma was an artistic person, making various Christmas ornaments and was a poet laureate. Her passion was cooking. She was a Sunday School teacher, while they lived in Williston and in Bismarck she became a volunteer at MedCenter One Health Systems and was member of the Disabled American Veteran's Auxiliary. She was a great supporter of her husband's theological studies. For the past several years she was a care giver for her sisters. 
She is survived by her husband, Duke; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Lowell and Sara, Richland, Wash., Mark, Mandan and Douglas, Bismarck; four grandchildren, Mark II, Piper, Jeffrey and Levi; three great- grandchildren; one sister, Edna Klaudt, Bismarck; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Janice and Julie.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Robin; four sisters, Elsie, Alma, Melinda and Esther and two half brothers, Henry and Reinhold.

Margaret Holman - June 2, 1906 - Feb. 10, 2000
WILLISTON N.D. - Margaret Holman, 93, died February 10, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center, Williston.
Her funeral service will be Monday, February 14, 2000 at 11:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church, Williston. Pastor Joel Westby and Pastor Lowell Swantz will officiate and interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. 
Margaret Spranger Holman was born June 2, 1906 in Butternut, Wisconsin, to Alma Herman Spranger. When she was 5, the family moved to Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Her mother later remarried Henry Winters. She attended school in Minnesota.
On July 31, 1924 she was united in marriage to John Holman in Wadena, Minnesota. They resided in rural Wadena where John worked in a sawmill. Daughter Norma was born in 1932 at their home; a son, James, followed in 1937; and Robert was born in 1946.
The family moved to Wheelock, North Dakota, in 1946 where John was a mechanic and Margaret operated a local restaurant. A daughter, Janice, was born in 1952. They moved to rural Williston in 1959 where they resided until 1982, when John passed away. Margaret moved to Williston at that time. During these years, Margaret was employed at numerous, local businesses until she retired in 1987. She remained in Williston after her retirement, becoming active at the local Heritage Center. She received the Heritage Center's Volunteer of the Year Award in 1992. 
Margaret was a member of the Wheelock Lutheran Church. She enjoyed crocheting, which resulted in Afghans and needlework for all her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening and planting flowers each spring, spoiling her pet cat, visiting with all her friends at the Heritage Center daily, and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great- grandchildren. No one ever left her house without a gift in hand!
She fought a hard, courageous battle these last few weeks. She lived a full and healthy life, and will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
Margaret is survived by her son, Jim, and his wife, Linda, and their two children, Shari (Kirk) Erdman and Jay Holman, all of Williston; son Bob and his wife, Carol, of Auburn, Washington, his son, Eric and fiance', Cindy, of Loomis, California; daughter, Janice Lotvedt, and her children, B.J. of Minot and Jacky of Grand Forks; Reidar Sandvold and his wife, Avis, of Grenora; Allen Sandvold of Grenora; Suzanne (Sandvold) McGinnis of Minot; Lois Holman of San Diego, California; Lee Holman of Minot; and Charles Lotvedt of Williston; Great-grandchildren include: Misty, Andrea, Adam, and Jamie, all of Williston, and Dakota of Minot.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; daughter, Norma Sandvold; two sisters; and two brothers. 
Friends may call at the Everson Funeral Home of Williston Sunday afternoon from 1:00 until 6:00 PM and at the church on Monday for the hour preceding the funeral.

Walter Anderson
SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. - Walter C. Anderson, 87, of 315 Division St., Sauk Rapids, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at the Country Health Care Center in Sartell.
No services are planned. Interment was at the Flasher Cemetery in Flasher, N.D.
The Benson Funeral Home of St. Cloud was in charge of arrangements.

Fred Deering - Aug. 2, 1914-Feb. 11, 2000
ALAMO, N.D. - Fred C. Deering, 85, a lifelong Alamo resident, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2000, at the home of his son, Glen, in Elizabeth, Colo.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the gymnasium at the National Guard Armory, 10 Main St., in Williston. Interment will follow at Hillside Memory Gardens. 
Fred C. Deering was born Aug. 2, 1914, to Fred and Rosella (Hofmeister) Deering at Alamo. He was raised, lived and farmed all his life on the family farm near Alamo. 
He married Ella Downes on June 29, 1946, at Everett, Wash. She preceded him in death in 1963. He married Margaret Bunker on March 10, 1973.
Fred is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Alamo; two sons, Glen of Elizabeth and Wayne of Alamo; three daughters, Linda Fisher of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Judy Myers of Parshall and Kay Kruschwitz of Alamo; two stepsons, Ben Bunker of Chico, Calif., and John Bunker of Pocatello, Idaho; two stepdaughters, Margie Padgett of Kalispell, Mont., and Alice Benjamin of Shelby, Mont.; 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nine step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Minnie Kapphan of Miles City, Mont. 
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Neal; one brother; and four sisters.
Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday at the Everson Funeral Home in Williston and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the National Guard Armory in Williston.

Donald Vick - May 5, 1923-Feb. 11, 2000
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Donald Sundfor Vick, 76, of Watford City, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at the Veteran's Hospital in Fargo.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City. The Rev. Thomas Stenzel will officiate and interment will follow at Garden Valley Cemetery.
Donald Vick was born May 5, 1923, at Banks, the son of George Arthur and Anne (Sundfor) Vick. He was raised in the Banks area and attended rural schools there. He graduated from Watford City High School in 1942.
Don served in the United States Navy from 1943 until 1946. He served in the Pacific Theater as a gunner's mate on the U.S.S. Baltimore.
He then returned to the Watford City area and worked as a ranch hand for various ranchers in McKenzie County. He later worked for the City of Arnegard until he retired. He moved to Watford City, where he had been a resident since.
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed going to Watford City High School sporting activities. He hadn't missed a Watford City High School football game in years.
Don was a member of Banks Lutheran Church, the American Legion and V.F.W. Posts in Watford City, and the 50 Years in the Saddle.
He really enjoyed his family, especially his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and children of friends.
He is survived by four brothers, Kenneth and his wife, Ruth, of Henderson, Nev., Alan and his wife, Patricia, of Rochester, Minn., David and his wife, Joan, of Aberdeen, S.D., and James and his wife, Vi, of Billings, Mont.; three sisters, Elizabeth Thompson and her husband, Harvey, of Williston, Marion Fitzroy of Dalton, Mass., and Margaret Johnson of Portland, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Parsons.
Friends may call until 7 p.m. today at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Watford City and for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.

Lowell Young - Dec. 31, 1904-Feb. 12, 2000
CULBERTSON, Mont. - Lowell Young, 95, a longtime Culbertson, Mont., resident, passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Big Sky Church in Froid. Pastor Mike Jacobsen will officiate and interment will follow at the Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.
Lowell Young was born Dec. 31, 1904, in Indiana to Charley and Flora (Trump) Young and spent the early part of his life there. The family moved to eastern Montana in March 1915 and Lowell attended school in McCabe, Mont.
On Dec. 26, 1929, Lowell was united in marriage with Camilla Rhode. 
They went to Iowa that winter and he worked in the John Deere Factory until spring. They then came back to Montana and lived in McCabe until 1952, when they moved to their farm. In 1987 they moved into Culbertson. 
Lowell also worked in area coal mines and at the McCabe Store and Post Office.
His wife, Camilla, preceded him in death Oct. 8, 1999. 
He is survived by his sister, Hazel Knudsen of McCabe, five brothers, Herbert of Verona, Wis., Vernon and Walter, both of Culbertson, Roy of Williston, N.D., and Glenn of Absarokee; and many nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.
He also was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. 
Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Everson-Clayton Memorial Chapel and for an hour before services Wednesday at the church.

Agatha Johnson - June 11, 1913-Feb. 18, 2000
WILLISTON, N.D. - Agatha "Happy" Johnson, 86, of Williston, passed away Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center in Williston.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Williston. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the Everson Memorial Chapel.
Agatha was born June 11, 1913, on the family farm in Missouri Ridge Township, Williams County, the daughter of Eugene and Margaret (O'Regan) Byrnes. She attended Missouri Ridge School.
She was united in marriage with Jesse Johnson on Sept. 28, 1934, in Sand Point, Idaho.
Agatha was a homemaker. She loved her children and grandchildren, and the feeling was mutual. She had a great passion for dancing. She also enjoyed playing cards and being with her friends. In her younger years she sewed, knitted, crocheted and enjoyed crafts. 
She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters, and also the Women of the Moose. Happy was very dedicated to her Lord and Catholic faith.
Agatha is survived by three sons, Richard D. and his wife, Shirley, of Billings, Mont., Marv of Phoenix, Ariz., and Curt and his wife, Lori, of Fargo; a daughter, Mary Lou Sundby and her husband, Alton, of Williston; a sister, Dorothy Johnson of Williston; 10 grandchildren, Brad, Theresa, Pam, Renee, Patty, Linda, Gail, Christy, Chuck, and Larry; two step-grandchildren, Jeff and Michelle; 16 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse; a son, Gary; a daughter, Becky Johnson; her parents; a granddaughter, April Marie; three brothers, Tom, Vince and Frank Byrnes; and two sisters, Mae Endres and Marcella Bernier.
Friends may call until 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Everson Funeral Home in Williston and for an hour preceding services Tuesday at the church.

Claus Koeser - Nov. 10, 1915-Feb. 21, 2000
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Claus G. Koeser, 84, of Watford City, passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center in Williston.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Watford City Wesleyan Church in Watford City. The Rev. Dennis Bachman and the Rev. Steve Stringham will officiate and interment will follow at the Johnson Corners Cemetery.
Claus G. Koeser was born Nov. 10, 1915, at Schafer, the son of Claus T. and Clara (Schave) Koeser. He was raised on the family homestead 10 miles east of Watford City in Northfork Township.
He served in the United States Army from March 1942 to November 1945, first at Camp Barkley, Texas, for a year and a half, until going overseas in 1944. He served for 19 months as an anti-tank gunner and fought in five major battles, including the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He served in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Czechoslovakia. He was awarded the Silver Star for "heroic action over and above the call of duty."
After his discharge, Claus returned to Watford City and farmed with his brother, Edwin, until going out on his own.
On Oct. 6, 1949, he was united in marriage with Natalie Lightner at Sidney, Mont. They made their home in Watford City while Claus continued to farm east of town.
He was a faithful member of the Watford City Wesleyan Church. His love was farming and his grandchildren.
Claus is survived by his wife, Natalie of Watford City; his daughter, Kay Stringham and her husband, Steve, of Athens, Ga.; two grandchildren, Maria and Ryan Stevenson; two step-grandchildren, Sarah and Seth Stringham; two sisters, Fern Lillibridge of Watford City and Pearl Lovaas of Paradise, Calif.; and two brothers, Ray Koeser and his wife, Vi, of PeRump, Nev., and Ralph Koeser of Watford City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gary; a brother, Edwin; and a grandson, Jeremy.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Watford City and for an hour before services Thursday at the church.

Gayle McPherson
WILLISTON, N.D. - Gayle McPherson, 60, formerly of Williston, more recently of Bismarck, passed away Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at Apache Junction, Ariz., where she and her husband, Jim, had been spending the winter.
Funeral services will be held at a time and date to be announced at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Williston.
The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is in charge of local arrangements.

Minnie Poor - Nov. 12, 1921-Feb. 10, 2000
SEATTLE, Wash. - Minnie A. Robinson Poor of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Williston, N.D., passed away Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, in Washington.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle.
Minnie was one of nine children born to Edgar and Ruth (Lemert) Webb.
She is survived by her husband and "Guardian Angel," John W. Poor; two daughters, Judy Russell and Vonda Wedel; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Charles of Seattle and two brothers, Bryan Webb and Lawrence Webb, both of Williston.
She was preceded in death by two sons; her parents; and several brothers and sisters.
The Bleitz Funeral Home, 316 Florentia St., in Seattle, Wash., was in charge of arrangements.

Evan Zepp - Sept. 20, 1983-Feb. 20, 2000
WILLISTON, N.D. - Evan Zepp, 16, of Williston, passed away Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, as the result of a snowmobile accident. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Assembly of God Church in Williston. The Rev. Carl Bauman will officiate and interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. 
Evan Daniel Zepp was born Sept. 20, 1983, to Donald and Sheila (Conway) Zepp in Watford City. At a young age he moved with his family to Seattle, Wash., and lived there from 1984 until 1996, when the family moved to Williston.
Evan was a sophomore at Williston High School where he was active in choir and swing choir. He had many varied interests including computers, skateboarding and playing basketball.
Evan was a good kid with a cheerful, positive attitude who made friends easily. He also worked at Bonanza. 
Evan is survived by his parents, Donald and Sheila of Williston; his brother, Aaron, 24, of North Bend, Wash.; his sister, Alyssa, 18, at home; his maternal grandmother, Lyda Conway of Denver; his paternal grandfather, Merlyn Zepp of Williston; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Eric, in 1992; his maternal grandfather, Milton J. Conway; and his paternal grandmother, Violet Zepp. 
Friends may call until 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Everson Funeral Home in Williston and for an hour preceding services Thursday at the church.

Esther Ruud
Nov. 28, 1907-Feb. 22, 2000
WILLISTON, N.D. - Esther Ruud, 92, of Williston passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at the Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home in Williston.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Chapel at the Bethel Lutheran Home. The Rev. Betty Czubay and the Rev. Joel Westby will officiate and interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
Esther was born Nov. 28, 1907, at Willmar, Minn., the daughter of Olaf and Karen (Engen) Bleken. Esther was one of 10 children born to this union, the first born in the United States. As a young child she moved with her family to Reserve, Mont., where her father worked with the railroad. Later they made their home east of Williston in Twelve Mile Township, Williams County. Esther was raised and educated in this rural setting, east of Williston. As a young woman she cared for children and homes of Williston area farmers.
On Dec. 8, 1929, Esther was united in marriage with Knut Ruud at Williston. Knut was a blacksmith, first learning his trade in Norway and then employed with Asle Bjella in Epping from 1926 to 1931.
Knut and Esther began their own blacksmith shop in Alamo in 1931, and Esther worked part-time at the Alamo Restaurant.
In 1961, after they had raised their children, Esther and Knut moved to Williston, where she had resided since. The couple cleaned the Harmon Park Clinic and a few special homes in Williston. Knut died Dec. 3, 1983.
Esther was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Welfare Circle, Sons of Norway and Rebekkahs while she was able. She enjoyed making lefse, baking and rosemaling woodwork that Knut made.
She enjoyed her humor and loved to smile and socialize.
Esther is survived by two sons, Kenneth and his wife, Marlys, of Appleton, Minn., and Arnold and his wife, Carmen, of Niantic, Conn.; two daughters, Mamie Skurdal of Williston and Edna Broome of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Hilda Hanson and her husband, Oliver of Williston; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers; three sisters; an infant son; a grandson, Christopher Ruud; and two daughters-in-law, Louise (Thooft) Ruud and Beverly (Gray) Ruud.
Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Williston and for an hour before services Saturday at the Bethel Home.

Jolene Hovda
May 6, 1950-Feb. 25, 2000
WILLISTON, N.D. - Jolene Hovda, 49, a longtime Williston resident, passed away Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Williston. The Rev. Morris Kirchhof will officiate and interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
Jolene Fay Berve was born May 6, 1950, in Williston to Orville and Adele (Ludwig) Berve.
She attended schools in Williston and graduated from Williston High School in the Class of 1968.
On Dec. 28, 1968, she was united in marriage with Ric Hovda at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Williston. They lived in Minneapolis, Grand Forks, Minot and Columbus, Ohio.
She was most recently employed as a deputy clerk in the Williams County Register of Deeds office, a position she held for 11 years. She retired in the early 1990s due to ill health.
Jolene was a member of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her son, Chad of Portland, Ore.; her father, Orville Berve of Williston; and two brothers, Allen Berve and Doyle Berve, both of Minot.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Everson Funeral Home in Williston and for an hour before services Thursday at the church.

Mearle Smithberg
April 13, 1913-Feb. 29, 2000
CROSBY, N.D. - Mearle Lenford Smithberg, 86, of Crosby, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at the Crosby Good Samaritan Center, where he had resided for the past year.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby. Intern Mike Toomey will officiate and interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in rural Noonan. Military rites will be conducted by the William Perry Makee American Legion Post No. 75.
Mearle was born April 13, 1913, in Coalfield Township, Divide County, rural Noonan, the son of Perry Jacob and Anna Judith (Ledahl) Smithberg. He grew up on the family farm near Noonan and lived there until he moved to California during the Depression.
He enlisted in the United States Army and served during World War II in the European theater, where he was a combat medic. He was later assigned to the medical dispensary in Marseille, France. He was wounded during the war and received two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and a Presidential Unit Citation.
After the war, he returned to California and worked as a grounds keeper and gardener. There he met and married Alyce Voss in 1947. Their son, David, was born in 1948.
The family moved back to the Crosby area in 1950, and purchased the family farm. Mearle and Alyce then farmed until their retirement in 1975. After retirement, they moved into Crosby.
Mearle was very interested in history, especially about World War II and the Battle of the Bulge, which he participated in. He like to read and listen to music. He also enjoyed video tapes and books about places and people.
He was active in Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans groups and stayed active in his church and community until he became ill in 1999. At that time he moved to the Good Samaritan Center. There he was voted King of the Good Samaritan Center and he was very pleased about that.
Mearle was good at working with wood. He like to make things. When his brothers and sisters wanted a toy, he would make it for them. He liked being a farmer and also had a few cattle and chickens. Mearle had a good sense of humor, enjoyed life and visiting with his friends.
He is survived by his son, David, and his wife, Sandy, of Williston; two sisters, Alta Mae Hansen and Esther Jordan, both of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mearle was preceded in death by his wife in 1992, whom he cared for at home during most of the many years of her illness; his parents; four brothers; and three sisters.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Stakston-Martin Funeral Home in Crosby.

Louise Yoast
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Louise W. Yoast, 77, of Grand Junction, Colo., died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her home in Grand Junction.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at the First Congregational Church, 1425 North Fifth St. in Grand Junction.
The Callahan-Edfast Mortuary of Grand Junction is in charge of arrangements.


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