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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Osmond Skogen
July 28, 1921 - February 13, 2018

Residence: Williston, North Dakota

Osmond Skogen, 96, of Williston, ND, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, ND. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family.

Osmond Skogen was born on July 28, 1921, to Nels and Steinvor (Bakka) Skogen in Suldal, Norway, the middle child of five. In 1928, the Skogen family immigrated to the United States, where they established a home in Marshall Township. Imagine the day that five little Norwegian-speaking children entered the Stevens School, which Osmond attended until 8th grade. He was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church on November 8, 1936. At the age of 19, he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he earned an “Excellent” rating on his conduct and work ethic. He was honorably discharged from the Civilian Conservation Corps on March 31, 1941, and then returned to the Skogen farm.

On August 20, 1945, at the age of 24, Osmond became a United States citizen, but he always marveled at the beauty of the Norwegian flag, the majesty of his homeland, and the “beat” of the Norwegian “old-time” music, and the challenges of a good pinochle game!

He married Dorthy Tong on November 14, 1943, at the Epping Lutheran Church in Epping, ND. To this union, two children were born – Gary and Phyllis.
In 1950, they purchased a few acres at the corner of 2 and 42, known to many as Woods Corner, whereon they planted trees, built a beautiful home and corner for all to enjoy, no matter the season. Their farm is still a landmark to NWND residents.

Osmond was a member of the Epping Lutheran Church until their move to Williston in 1986. As residents of Williston, they became members of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. Osmond also served as director on the Epping Farmers Union Oil Company Board, as well as the Williston Co-op Credit Union Board. Recognized as a Williams County Outstanding Farmer in 1979, he and Dorthy attended the NDSU Harvest Bowl. In 1997, he and Gary were recipients of a Tree Maintenance Award from the Williams County Soil Conservation District.

His love for the North Dakota landscape and the work ethic of a farmer was utmost. He enjoyed all seasons in the farming cycle, from the smell of the dirt in the spring after tilling and seeding to the harvesting of the grain in the fall. He so enjoyed farming with his son and grandsons, sharing his conscientious stewardship of the land.

Osmond appreciated his machinery – John Deere was his choice! He instilled that love of “green” with his entire family, all generations to follow! He always chuckled when he received another JD gift – be it a calendar, a mailbox, windchimes, or a piece of clothing. The changes that he experienced in his farming career were astounding! From starting farming with horses to ending up farming with tractors with many horses under the hood!

Osmond and Dorthy dedicated a large portion of their lives to the care of their daughter Phyllis. Their untiring dedication to her were examples of their love and devotion to their family. Enjoying all the family gatherings over the years with children, grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, they were very proud of the accomplishments of all.

Recently, Osmond became a resident of Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, ND, where he enjoyed the extended family and activities. There, he and Dorthy celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary, as well as being named 2016 Valentine King and Queen. Dorthy passed away on June 19, 2016, and Osmond remained a resident at Bethel.

In the end only two things really matter to a man.....the affection and understanding of his family, and he had both!

Osmond is survived by his son and wife, Gary and Alvina (Strand); grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Christian and Nancy Skogen and Osmond James, John and Angela Skogen, and Lindsay and Keith Rath, Taylor and Noah; his sister Clara Johnson of Kalispell, MT; sisters-in-law, Dolores Skogen of Fargo, ND, Elaine Tong of Bismarck, ND, Joyce Tong of Ray, ND, Cora Weyrauch of Ross, ND, as well as many nieces and
nephews.

Preceding him in death: his parents; wife Dorthy; daughter Phyllis (Skogen) Johnson; brother, Conrad Skogen; sisters and spouses Berit and Harry Leverenz, Anna and Ted Anderson, brother–in-law Percy Johnson, as well as members of the Tong family, Roy Tong, John Edward Tong, Robert and Arla Tong, Hank and Annie Ringey, Vivian Engen, and Philip Weyrauch.

At Bethel Home, he created and cherished many new friendships with the members of the staff, as well as the other residents. We know that many of the staff at Bethel Home have wings, we just don't see them. Thank you a bunch and God bless you all!



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Gloria Bjella Melcher (Shakopee, Mn)
Feb 14, 2018
I’ve known Osmond my whole life. I will never forget the day he came in the post office grinning from ear to ear. He came to my station and said they named my great grandson after me he was so proud. Sympathy to the Skogen
Jennifer Moe Knudson (Tioga , ND)
Feb 14, 2018
I got to know Ozzie and Dorthy through taking care of their daughter. The devotion these two had to their daughter was amazing. Osmond you were so patient and kind I always looked forward to seeing you and to talk about how the farming was going. Rest In Peace.
Ron & Deb Bingeman (Williston, ND)
Feb 14, 2018
So sorry for you lose, I know Mom and Ozzie were confirmed together, 1 month apart in age. I have wonderful memories of Phyllis and Maryln together in band and I believe piano recitals. GM and GP Skogen lived next door and all 3 of us children had pictures on our front lawn with GM Skogen holding us as infants. Dad entered Bethel prior to Phyllis passing, Ozzie, Dad, Dorthy, Mom and I were reconnected since their move to Williston at just the right time. We frequently visited.
Great examples of community, faith and family.
Hugs and prayers, Debbie Bingeman
Nancy Elliott (Greenwood , Nebraska)
Feb 15, 2018
Gary Alvina and family...So sorry to hear that we lost Uncle Ozzie....One of my favorite Uncles....Dont think I ever saw him not have a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye...Loved the obituary guys...That was Ozzies life in a nut shell and so enjoyed reading it...Definitely will miss seeing him but he lived a full life and is now ready to rest with the rest of them...What a reunion that must of been...Just remember all those cherished memories you have of him and know that nobody can take them away and soon you will be able to smile when you think of him...So let your family and friends help you through this difficult time and God bless all of you and love and hugs coming from Nebraska
Paula Hansen Schilke (Williston)
Feb 15, 2018
I was fortunate to meet Dorthy and Osmond when I cared for their precious Phyllis at Bethel. I worked as a CNA and in The Activity room at night, when they would come down while I was dong my cleaning and charting. They taught me so much about love, family and doing what is right. I was invited into their home many times, for coffee and treats and just to visit. They loved to show me some of their prized possessions, pictures of kids, and all of Dorthy's handiwork and canning. Osmond was an old school guy, with family values, loved the land, valued education and hard work. My sympathy is with you all during this time. You all had a great role model with him.
fritz and cheryl weisenberger (stanley, North Dakota)
Feb 15, 2018
gary and alvina and family-sorry for your loss but it's hard not to think about what a great life osmond had and the family he had. you were blessed to have a dad and grandpa who was quite a guy. i first met osmond as a young john deere guy here in stanley in the late 70's when he bought a lawn mower from us. the was the beginning of quite a long green line from us. over the years it seemed like you guys weren't customers-you were family and great friends. take care and we will stop in for a pinochle game.
Kathleen and Drew Imes (Rural Ray, ND)
Feb 15, 2018
We liked Osmond very much. Our sincere condolences to you for your loss.he was an honorable man.
Tim and Mary Johnson (Parshall, ND)
Feb 16, 2018
So sorry for your loss Gary, Alvina, and family. Ozzie had a heart of gold; so patient, kind, and caring. He loved his family and had so many friends. The obituary was a nice tribute to a very special man.
I am so blessed to have your parents as my godparents. At my dad's funeral, Ozzie came up to me and said, "What happened to your red hair?" He had quite a memory. We are still using the set of kitchen utensils we got from your parents for our wedding.
Treasure the memories and may God wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time. Love you. Hugs and prayers and so sorry we can't be with you. We just found out and we are in Arizona. I would really like to have a copy of the memorial folder. If you could send it to PO Box 153, Parshall, that would mean so much to me.
Jeanne & Darrin Knudsvig
Feb 16, 2018
Osmond's Family
Our prayers & thoughts are with all of you! May you keep his memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead..
Jim and Loyce Rauser
Feb 16, 2018
Our sympathy in the loss of your Father. We did not know them well, they were so kind and interesting to visit with. Wonderful to have in the neighborhood!!
Jeanine Strand Armey (Denton, TX)
Feb 16, 2018
Gary and Alvina, Chris, John, Lindsay and families,
Just wanted all of you to know that I am thinking of you today as you say “good-bye” to your dad and grandpa.
In reading his obituary I was made aware of the many changes he witnessed in his long and remarkable 96 year life - many highs as well as some lows. The years of caring for Phyllis could not have been easy for either Ozzie or Dorthy.
The one constant, however, that was always there for him was the support of his loving family. Your care has been remarkable, Gary. Your family always made your parents such a part of your lives. I was there for some of the celebrations and I remember the smiles of joy on their faces.
Cherish your happy memories. I love you all.

Arnold & May Seibel (Kingman, Arizona)
Feb 19, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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