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Minot, ND  58701

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Elmer 'Ole' Bjertness

Elmer Olaf Bjertness, 84, Minot, died Monday, October 15, 2012 at his residence.

Ole was born May 26, 1928 at Hatton, North Dakota, the son of Elmer and Anna (Haanestad) Bjertness. He attended schools at Hatton, graduating from Hatton High School in 1946. Upon graduating, he entered into active duty service with the U.S. Marine Corps on June 4, 1946 and honorably served his country. Ole returned to Hatton, where he was employed in the grocery and meat business there.

Ole was united in marriage to Joan Bjerke on December 9, 1955 at Hatton. They made their home in Montana, where he was employed at Safeway Stores in Forsyth and Sidney, Montana for several years. They moved to Minot in 1963, where Ole was employed at the Minot Air Force Base with the civil service program until 1989, when he retired. Joan died July 3, 1988.

Ole married Dorothy Pellett on December 22, 1990. They continued to live in Minot, most recently at the Dakota Terrace apartments.

Ole was a longtime member of the Minot American Legion, where he was honored to participate in over 500 flag presentations as a part of the Legion’s honor guard team. He was also a member of the Legion’s 40/8 group. Ole was also a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Golden K Kiwanis Club and NARFE.

Ole’s loving family includes, wife, Dorothy, children, Greg (Rhonda) Bjertness, Minot, Jody (Darrell) Kraft, Minot, Dana (Laurie) Bjertness, Minot, Bret Bjertness, Arizona, and Tanya (Kent) Hanson, Marysville, WA; step-children, Sandra (Ken) Waterman, Rohnert Park, CA & Brenda Miller, Hamilton, MT; Eleven grandchildren; Two Step-grandchildren; One great-grandchild; brothers, Donald (Bernice) Bjertness, Billings, MT & Robert Bjertness, Hatton; several nieces and nephews.

Ole was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Joan and a brother, Benjamin.

Funeral service: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot.
In lieu of flowers or plants the family prefers memorials be designated to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Building Fund or the ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.


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MessageOle was a very nice man. I loved sitting with he and Dorothy and my folks to share in their conversations. My thoughts are with you. May the good memories soon replace your hurt.
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MessageWe are so sorry for your loss. We remember Ole from the commissary at Minot AFB. He always had a smile and a kind word.
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MessageOle was one of "Gods Blessings", He could make happy wherever he would go.. His smile always cheered one.
Dorothy, call, if you need some one to listen and Pray with you.
We love you Rob & Ione
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MessageWe never had the pleasure of knowing "Ole" a long time. that was our loss because he was the most thoughtful and kind person we have ever known and we enjoyed every moment we spent in his company . Ole will be sorely missed by anyone who knew him. We will join you up there one day Ole......
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MessageDorothy and family -
Ole was a true patriot and will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
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MessageVicki and I wish to express our deepest sympathy in the passing of your loving husband and father.
It was pleasure to have known Ole and I know that he is now in the "Hands of the Lord"

Steve
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MessageOle was a wonderful, thoughtful and very cheerful man. Always that cute smile on his face! He was a "people" person that will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family!
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MessageOur prayers and thought go out to you, the family of OLE. OLE was a big part of our family both has a friend and supporter of B&D market.

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