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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
David Allen Ulven
April 6, 1957 - September 13, 2018

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Residence: Tioga, North Dakota
Age: 61

David Allen Ulven, 61, of Tioga, North Dakota, peacefully passed away on September 13, 2018 at Trinity Hospital in Minot, with family gathered by his side as Pastor Sandy was reading the Lord’s Prayer. He was born April 6, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Charles Gene Ulven and Ginger Ulven Hinton).

Dave grew up in Michigan, but his heart was always in North Dakota, where he spent summers with his grandma and grandpa Ulven. Upon graduation he made North Dakota his home, taking a job at Tioga Machine Shop, where he worked until his death.

Dave served our Country in the United States Navy from 1977 to 1981. He always had great pride in his service and was an optical man who fixed periscopes and made binoculars. Some joked that he put screen doors on submarines. He rode saddle broncs and roped steers in local rodeo circuits. The Ray Fire/Ambulance squad was his passion in life, where he served many years. After his marriage to Joanne, he was happy to welcome his new family into his life and would do anything for them. His granddaughters were the light of his life!!

Dave was an avid member and was very active in their little white church on the hill, Trinity Lutheran, where he and Joanne were married. Dave served on Council for many years and was Mr. Fix-It and caretaker of the church, designing and making the cross and mounting the bell on the brick stand so he could ring it on Sundays. His favorite hobbies were camping, fishing, duck hunting with the boys and deer hunting. He enjoyed woodworking and creating things with his hands.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne Ulven; stepchildren, Lisa Engel (Shawn Ehlke) of Williston, Paula Bergstrom (Travis) of Ray, Peter Engel of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Alexia Pitman of Bismarck and Kylie Ehlke of Williston; mother, Ginger Ulven Nelson of Florida; step-mother, Barb Ulven of Tioga; brothers, Duane Ulven, Charlie Ulven, Leon Johnson, Tom Johnson; sisters, Elva Ulven, Sue Brophy, Darla England, Louisa Johnson, Evonne Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

Dave is preceded in death by his father, Charlie Ulven; nephews, Nick Johnson and Doug Ulven; and cousin Steve Ulven.

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Rose Person (White Earth, ND)
Sep 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
Mike Weyrauch (Ray, ND)
Sep 15, 2018
So sorry for your lost.
Phyllis M Iverson (Tioga, ND - North Dakota)
Sep 16, 2018
I am so sorry to see this about Dave. He was one of the nicest people. Always had a nice friendly smile and a word for you. My condolences to his family God Bless
Janice Moody (Battleview, North Dakota)
Sep 16, 2018
Joanne and family My Deepest Sympathy to you in the loss of David. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Wilcox (Minot)
Sep 17, 2018
So very sorry for your family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time.
Bernie & Holly Arcand (Rugby, ND)
Sep 17, 2018
Holly & I send our sincerest condolences to all the family. We will miss him a lot.
Christy Fix (Kalispell, Montana)
Sep 17, 2018
Sorry for your loss, your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Greg and Julie Erdmann (Souris , ND)
Sep 17, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Mike and Judy Juma (Williston)
Sep 18, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Dave was such a nice guy.
Prayers to all
Linda (Davidson) Wooters (Denton, TX)
Sep 19, 2018
Precious Memories how they linger. Treasure each and every memory you have of Dave and store them up in your heart. Remember all the birthdays, the Christmas's, the rodeos. Treasure the laughter that was shared through the years. He would want you to remember the happy times, like when you were married at Trinity Lutheran Church. Now every time someone rings that very special bell, you will smile and think of him. I just know he loved you Joanne, and his entire family so very much. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love to each of you this day.
Dick and Bobbi Wendt
Sep 21, 2018
We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. David loved his life with you Joanne and Ii hope your memories will give you comfort in the days ahead.
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