Earl Hougard, 66, died Friday, December 18, 1998 at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bemidji with Reverend Gary Danielson officiating. Burial was in Zion Cemetery in Strandquist. The Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home of Bemidji was in charge of the arrangements.
Earl Sherman Hougard was born January 29, 1932 in Strandquist, the son of Holger and Anna (Anderson) Hougard. He grew up and attended school in Strandquist, graduating from Strandquist High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
On June 7, 1952 he married R. Marion Dagen in Karlstad. The couple lived in Strandquist where he served as mayor for many years. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Tri-County Ambulance Service in Karlstad and served on that board for many years.
Earl was a school bus driver, farmed with his brother, Philip, for many years, owned and operated a service station in Strandquist, owned and operated a Massey Ferguson Implement dealership and sold insurance. In 1988 the couple moved to Bemidji where he owned and operated Paul Bunyan Animal Land. He was working for Vehicle Testing Services in Cass Lake at the time of his death.
He enjoyed collecting promotional toy cars as a hobby and was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.
Earl is survived by his wife, R. Marion Hougard of Bemidji; two sons, E. Sterling (Gayle) Hougard of Karlstad and Merritt (Karie) Hougard of Bemidji; one daughter, Caara (Roger) Holmstrom of Strandquist; and six grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Philip Hougard; and one sister, Ruby Hougard.
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