Hougard, Earl Sherman (1932-1998)

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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Hougard, Ruth Marian (Dagen)(1933-2015)

R. Marion Hougard, 82 of Bemidji, MN died Monday, August 10, 2015 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm, Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, Minnesota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

She was born June 26, 1933 in Karlstad, MN the daughter of Reuben and Esther (Wetterlund) Dagen. She graduated from Karlstad High School. She married Earl Sherman Hougard June 7, 1952. She worked for the Karlstad State Bank for a number of years before moving to Bemidji and buying and running Animal Land. She loved working with all the animals. She also worked for Security Bank for a number of years until her retirement. She was always a great cook and she loved watching Nascar.

She is survived by her daughter Caara Holmstrom of Bemidji; sons Sterling (Gayle) Hougard of Karlstad and Merritt (Karie) Hougard of Bemidji; 6 grandsons and 3 great granddaughters; sister-in-laws Vernice Sandgren of Bemidji and Dorothy Jordheim of Donnelly, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl and her siblings Duane, Carole, Merle and Sarah.

Honorary Casketbearers will be her 6 grandsons and 3 great granddaughters: Andrew, Philip, Michael, Steven, Eric, Hunter, Kendall, Chelsea and Abigail.

[Interred Zion Lutheran cemetery (Lincoln Twp.)]

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Knudson-Hanson, Claudia Carole (Walz Knudson) (1947-2015)

Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Sat. at the Drayton, ND, Methodist Church with Pastor Gary Johnson officiating. Visitation will be after 6 P.M. Fri. at the Collins Funeral Chapel in Karlstad with a 8 P.M. prayer service and at the church one hour prior to services Sat. morning. Interment will be in the Zion Church Cemetery near Karlstad at 2 P.M. Sat. afternoon.

Claudia Carole Knudson-Hanson, was born on May 17, 1947, in Minot, ND. She attended school and grew to adulthood in Bowesmont, ND, and graduated from Drayton, ND, High School in 1965. On October 19, 1968, Claudia was united in marriage to Lewis Knudson in Polk Co., MN. and they made their home in Drayton, St. Thomas and Grafton, ND for several years. On Christmas Eve, 1995, she married Ted Hanson at Grafton and they have since made their home near Karlstad. She was adventurous, traveling often with Ted. Claudia was passionate about quilting and knitting. She loved the farm and being surrounded by her animals and gardening. She passed away peacefully while embraced in love, surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren on Monday evening, November 23, 2015, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, at the age of 68 years, 6 months and 6 days.

She is survived by her husband, Ted; two sons: Jayson (Stacy) Knudson, of Fargo, ND, and Jeremy Knudson, of Stephen, MN; one step-son: Curtis Hanson, of Ardoch, ND; two daughters: Kimberly (Eric) Byre, of Stephen, and Kerry Matsusaka, of Wahiawa, HI; 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one sister: Connie (Lee) Becker, of Angle Inlet, MN and Surprise, AZ; in addition to several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ardella Walz.

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Koland, Bertha Olson “Berte” (Bjerland) (1841-1935)

Mrs. Kiddel Koland died Tuesday Night, Feb. 26, at her home here at the ripe old age of almost 94 years. Mrs. Koland was quite ill last year for a while but recovered, but last Saturday she took suddenly quite ill again and at 11:50 Tuesday night she peacefully closed her tired eyes in eternal rest.

Mrs. K. Koland, nee Bertha Olson Bjerland, was born in Bjelland Socken, Bjerland, Norway, Oct. 15, 1841, and was at the time of her death 93 years, 4 months and 11 days old. She was married in Norway in 1866, just as we over here were busy cleaning up the wreckage of the Civil War, to Kiddel Koland. To this union nine children were born of whom three are dead.

In the eighties Ole, Chris and Tom, three of their sons, went to America to make their homes and in 1892 Mr. and Mrs. Koland and children came here and homesteaded in the town of Lincoln where Ole and Chris were already established. Kiddel Koland died in 1919 but Mrs. Koland continued to make her home on her farm until three years ago when her son Ole bought a place in Karlstad and moved in. She then had a house built near her son’s home and has lived here ever since.

The deceased was in every way a fine woman, a good wife, a loving mother and a kindly friend and neighbor and took a great deal of interest in the church. One of her requests were that no flowers be given by her friends but that they rather donate money to the church.

The living children are Ole and Chris Koland and Mrs. Anna Rand of Karlstad, Mrs. Rachel Pederson of Chinook, Alberta, Emma, Mrs. J.O. Jorgenson of Seattle, Wash., and Lena, Mrs. John Harstad of Drayton.

[Interred Zion Lutheran cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky