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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
David Arkjer Rolfson
November 26, 1949 - March 6, 2017

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Rural Watford City, ND
Age: 67

David Rolfson, 67, of rural Watford City, passed away, Monday March 6, 2016 at his rural Watford City residence.

David Arkjer Rolfson was born on Nov. 26, 1949 to Arkjer and Ruth (Bertinuson) Rolfson, the second of three children.

He grew up on his family's farm and ranch north of Watford City, N.D. After graduating high school, David attended Bismarck State College for one year before enlisting in the United States Army. After serving several years in the army, he joined the National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1974 with the rank of sergeant. While on active duty, David was stationed at the DMZ in Korea and in Fort Knox, KY. He finished his education at University of North Dakota Williston, and returned to Watford City to farm and ranch the Rolfson homestead.

David was united in marriage to Denalie Bruins and they had two children. He later married Jan Mathison and had four more children.

David was a lifelong member of Garden Lutheran Church. He was also active in the American Legion and served as 9th District Commander, West Region Vice Commander and on the board for the N.D. American Legion Foundation.

David is survived by his wife, Jan, mother, Ruth Rolfson of Watford City; children, David Aaron Rolfson, Missoula, Mont., Sarah (Mike) Marco, Hillsdale N.J., Jessie Rolfson of Watford City, Nathan Rolfson of Arnegard, Matthew (Kim) Rolfson of Watford City and Bethany, (Sauvik) Rolfson, Libby Mont.; grandchildren, Mary, Jacoby, Nora and Leah; sisters, Ingrid (Terry) Olson and Deanna (Stig) Karlsen as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arkjer Rolfson.

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jeanette anderson (watford city, nd)
Mar 7, 2017
To the Family of David,
Deepest sympathy to the entire Rolfson family. May he rest in peace.
Brad and Cindy Wollan (Watford City)
Mar 7, 2017
Sorry for your families loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Duane & Beverly (Hovet) Ashley (Williston, North Dakota)
Mar 8, 2017
To all of Davids' family; We send our sincere condolences to each of you at the passing of David. We can only pray that you will feel the fullness of Gods love as you take one day at a time.
Meredythe Lester (Minot, ND)
Mar 8, 2017
To the Rolfson family: So very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time
Denise Kedziora (Chandler, AZ)
Mar 8, 2017
I am thinking of you, Jan, & your family at this time of deep sorrow.
Miles & Marlene Johnsrud (Mineral Wells, TX)
Mar 8, 2017
So sorry to hear of David's passing !! Sincere sympathy to you all. Many years of memories flooding in........we will miss him !!
Calvin & Pamela Haugan and family (Watford City)
Mar 8, 2017
Our most sincere sympathy to David's entire family. We all have good memories of David. We enjoyed conversations about McKenzie County and local history. May the Happy memories carry you through this difficult time.
Linda Whaley- NDAmerican Legion Family (Fargo, ND)
Mar 9, 2017
My sincere and heartfelft condolences to the Rolfson Family. I met David at a NDAL winter conference in Minot back in early 2000. He wore cowboy boots and his western style of clothing caught my eye being from Wolf Point, MT and going to the Wild Horse Stampede Rodeo over the years. He shared fond stories of his family. We discussed our views of growing up in the Lutheran Church. He always had a story to share. Upon our first dance while dancing to the AL State Legion Band he expressed he had just gotten out of jail! He was funny always had a smile and a thought to share. The ND Legion family will miss him!! Grateful to have known such a generous and caring man!! I am mourning his passing. Romans 14:7-9
Russ and Marci Murphy (Dickinson )
Mar 9, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss, and may you find comfort and peace in the memories you shared with him. Blessings to you all.
David and Tanja Wold (Northfield, MN)
Mar 9, 2017
With deepest sympathy, in loss of David, he was a great help to our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim Deremo (Fargo, North Dakota)
Mar 9, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I always enjoyed visiting with Dave at various Legion functions. He was just a wonderful person. I'll miss him!
Debbie and Ed Simmons (Fairview, Mt)
Mar 9, 2017
Boots and a hat
Sit down and chat

A hat and boots
Cattle out of the chute

Boots and a hat
and a barn cat

A hat and boots
Sitting atop of a butte

Boots and a hat
and a Democrat

A hat and boots
Harvesting God's first fruits

Boots and a hat
in the tractor he sat

A hat and boots
I cannot dispute

It will be hard to fill
the boots and a hat

Mary Mortensen (Bismarck, ND)
Mar 9, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kristen Rehak (Williston , ND)
Mar 9, 2017
Sending prayers of love and strength my friend.....so wishing I had the perfect words offering you comfort to help with your loss..my heart so hurts with you all?.
Shirley Sorensen (Fargo, ND)
Mar 9, 2017
So sorry to hear of David's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Diane Kraemer (Grand Forks, ND)
Mar 10, 2017
On behalf of the Department of North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary we extend our deepest sympathy to the Davis Rolfson family.
Diane Kraemer, Department President
Margaret Renbarger
Mar 10, 2017
For David's Family, Thoughts and prayers be with all of you during this difficult time.
Nancy Woodmansee (BIsmarck, ND)
Mar 10, 2017
Our hearts ache for you and your family over the passing of David. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Nancy and Joe Woodmansee
Neal Sundet (Fargo)
Mar 10, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mar 10, 2017
Well younger cousin we had some great times togather especially our trip to Norway. That was an adventure. Plus all those years of great pheasant , grouse,mule deer hunting. All the fun spending time on the Farm and working for Arjker.
Nikki Rolfson (Fargo, ND)
Mar 10, 2017
To all,
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of David. My heart breaks for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you the best and hope that God's love, grace, and blessings can comfort you through this difficult time.
Love and Hugs,
Bob Krause (Fargo, North Dakota)
Mar 11, 2017
Dave will be greatly missed. He was a good friend and mentor
Donald Lende (Pelican Rapids, MN)
Mar 11, 2017
Just told of your tragedy you and your family have our Sincere Sympathy and best of wishes. Will i hope see you at the lake in the spring and summer..
Marlene Hippe (Starbuck, Minnesota)
Mar 11, 2017
Our sincere sympathy to you in your loss.
Steve and Marlene Hippe
Bob and Gail Krause (Fargo, ND)
Mar 12, 2017
To the family of David Rolfson.
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. David was a good friend and will be missed
Karin Moberg (Fargo Hickson, ND)
Mar 12, 2017
Dear Jan and family,
I was so very sorry to hear about David. Our prayers here at Shepherd of the Prairie are with you all! God give you comfort and strength -
P.Karin Moberg
Larry and Tanya Andersen (Watford City)
Mar 12, 2017
So Sorry to hear of David's passing. Very sad time. He was such a kind soft spoken man. I'm sure he'll be greatly missed. Love and hugs to the family
Joni Kotts (Morris, MN)
Mar 13, 2017
Jan and family,
I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I cannot even begin to tell you how my heart aches for you. Please know we are thinking of you and remembering you in our prayers.
Kevin and Joni Kotts
Gary and Carole Topp (Pelican Rapids, Minnesota)
Mar 13, 2017
Jan and family, So sorry to hear of David's sudden passing. He will be missed this spring and summer on Stony Bar. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You know you can count on your neighbors if you need anything taken care of on this end.
Diane Dawley Barth (Fergus Falls, MN)
Mar 13, 2017
Deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss...please take care of yourself and in time find some peace with the help of family, friends, and wonderful memories...
Diane and Brad
JoAnn Jennen (Chicago, IL)
Mar 13, 2017
Dear Jan,
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. May you find strength and comfort in the many years you had together and precious memories you share. God bless you all.
Mar 15, 2017
We were truly sorry to hear of David's passing. I am very glad I got to know him. I enjoyed every minute I was able to spend with him. God Bless
Rodney and Audrey
Harold and Mona Schmeets (Pelican Rapids, Minnesota)
Mar 15, 2017
Our deepest sympathy is sent to your family. We really enjoyed visiting with David when he took his walks around Stony Bar. It was a pleasure knowing him, and he will be missed.
Karen Rolfsrud Kirmis (Austin, TX)
Mar 15, 2017
So sorry to hear that you have lost son, brother, husband and father. David was always so kind. God's Peace to you!
Carlean Jundt (Hagen) classmate
Mar 17, 2017
Many thoughts and prayers for David's family-may your memories bring you the greatest peace-God Bless
Kelly Rolfson Jones (Minneapolis, MINNESOTA)
Mar 28, 2017
To David's entire family in Watford City and beyond- Know that we have kept you in our prayers since we heard the news. You have family in Minneapolis who loves and welcomes you anytime. We will miss David, already do.
Carol Avery Echols (Verona, MO)
Apr 1, 2017
Dear Ruth, Ingrid and Deanna,
So many years have passed but I have never forgotten David's kind way with people. What a loss for you. With fond memories and regards at this difficult time....Carol Avery Echols
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