Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
George Amsden
January 11, 1927 - May 30, 2016

Residence: Williston, ND

George Amsden, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Bethel Lutheran Home on Monday, May 30, 2016. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston has been entrusted with arrangements and services.

George Myron Amsden was born January 11, 1927 on a farm in Lodgepole, SD to Helen (Butterfield) and William Amsden. He was the youngest of 8 children and attended Grand River Country School. He graduated from Hettinger High School at age 16 and worked for several area farmers until joining the Marines in 1945. He was stationed in Hawaii.

After being discharged he attended Dickinson College where he met Joan Reilly his future wife. During this time he was called back to the Marines but was recruited to play football for them in Camp Pendleton, CA. He then returned to play football for Dickinson College, where he was inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.

George and Joan were married June 13, 1953. While finishing his degree, George worked for the Dickinson Police Department. His first teaching position was in Hazen, ND where he also coached. In 1957 the family moved to Williston, ND where George was a science teacher at the Junior High School.

George then became a physical education instructor at the Williston High School. He was the head football coach from 1963 to 1974. He then became the Athletic Director until retirement in 1989.

He was a long time member of the Rotary Club and past President. He was also a long time member of the American Legion Post.

In his retirement he loved being with his grandchildren and watching their activities.

George was a regular at several coffee groups voicing his opinions. He loved playing golf and had great times pitching softball games with the Apostle team.

He is preceded in death his mother, father, son Terry, newborn daughter, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, 2 sisters-in-law and their husbands and one brother-in-law.

George is survived by his wife, Joan, children Carol (Sanford) Qvale and Timothy (Lorri) Amsden, all of Williston, ND. Grandchildren; Erin (Albert) Gibson, Malissa (Aaron) Custer, Krista (Jesse) Pierce, Brian (Misty) Qvale and Brent (Melisa) Qvale, seven great grandchildren, sister; Shirley Jacobson, brother; Bill Amsden, sister-in-laws Elvira Reid and Maxine Amsden and numerous nephews and nieces.


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Wendy Johnson (Williston, North Dakota)
May 30, 2016
Carol, Sanford, Brian, Brent & families - love & sympathy to you at this time of loss.
Deb Soiseth (Williston, ND)
May 31, 2016
Carol and Family I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jim and Linda Irgens (Horseshoe Bay, Texas)
May 31, 2016
So sorry to hear of George's passing he was a great man and coach. Our hearts and prayers go out to all family and friends. He will be missed.
Janell and Clyde Sailer (Williston, ND)
May 31, 2016
Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of a great man---so many good memories we have of George. He was never afraid to call a "spade a shovel."
Jeanne Smith Knudsvig
May 31, 2016
Dear Carol, Sanford & Family

My prayers & thoughts are with all of you during this time! May you keep his memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead...

Sincere Sympathy,
Jeanne
Janell Vandeberg (Williston, ND)
May 31, 2016
So sorry for your lose I will be thinking of you
Stacey Hanna (BOULDER, Colorado)
May 31, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. George was such a wonderful friend to my father- Herb and always so loving to me and my children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Cheryl and Bill Simpson (Ray, ND)
May 31, 2016
Carol, Sanford and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and sympathy to all.
Craig Hagen (Las Vegas, Nevada)
May 31, 2016
I fondly remember Mr Amsden and extend my sincerest sympathy to his family.
sandi gunderson
May 31, 2016
it gave me great pleasure to be George caregiver at Bethel. He made me smile every day
Trudi Onstad Cote (Kuna, ID)
May 31, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. Just seeing Mr Amsden's picture brought back so many fond memories. Rest in peace!
Julia McBride (Bismarck, ND)
May 31, 2016
So very, sorry to learn of the passing of George. I remember him in Jr. High with his big stick!! He was a great coach and person. God's Blessing to all his family.
Mary Ashmore
May 31, 2016
Sending warm wishes to all!
Kim"Milner"Ramsey (Lubbock, Texas)
May 31, 2016
So sad to hear of George's passing! My prayers and thoughts are with you!
Nancy Lebsock
May 31, 2016
George was a wonderful man and will be missed. My prayers of comfort go out to Tim and family, and Carol and family.
Terry Haugen (Williston, ND)
May 31, 2016
The passing of a LEGEND! Thank you Coach for a lifetime of memories, friendship, and dedication!! You will be missed by everyone that had the honor of knowing you...
Patricia Hilling LaRoque & Jerry LaRoque (Columbia Falls, MT)
May 31, 2016
Mr Amsten was a great teacher and coach. Prayers for his family.
Lynn & Eileen Kjorstad (St Paul, MN)
May 31, 2016
Lynn enjoyed those coffee sessions when he was in town. Many great stories & memories. And he told George long ago how weight trading in high school improved him as a player. Our sincere sympathies to the Amsden family.
Sandy Winter (Williston, North Dakota)
May 31, 2016
Joan & Carol - & Family
So sorry for your loss. George was a great teacher, & coach. We who were lucky enough to have him in school have many good memories. He always carried a stick - but didn't always speak softly. We have many good memories - Thanks for sharing him with us. God Bless you all.
Don Collings (WINTHROP HARBOR, IL - Illinois)
May 31, 2016
Coach Amsden was the varsity football coach when I started high school. His influence on me as a person and later as a sport official are beyond words. He will be missed by hundreds if not thousands. Rest in peace, COACH.
Debby(Ross) Muscha (Williston, ND)
May 31, 2016
Still remember him dancing with me in gym class all of 4'11" at the time. So sorry for your loss, he was a great man.
Jan Beauchman (Valley City, ND)
May 31, 2016
My condolences to the family. He was a legend.
Don Evjen (Great Falls, MT)
May 31, 2016
Thoughts & Prayers
Bill Gill (New Harmony, Indiana)
May 31, 2016
Sorry for your loss , our condolences go out to your family. Have lots of great memories from high school
Roger and Sandy Kohlman (Bismarck)
May 31, 2016
Sorry to hear of George's passing. We have many good memories of the discussions at the coffee table and the days on the golf course.
Tim Lebsock (Williston , ND)
May 31, 2016
Joan, Tim and Lorri and family, Carole and Sanford and family, my deepest sympathy at George's passing, he was a true icon and touched so many lives. God bless and comfort you all!
linda (milaca, mn)
May 31, 2016
Such a sad time for the Amsden family. Please know that all his family members are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Tom and Linda Kvamme
Lori Kirby (Williston, ND)
May 31, 2016
So very sorry for your loss. George was probably one of the most colorful men I have known! Loved to watch him golf and to hear his athletic stories!
David Romans (St. Paul, MN)
Jun 1, 2016
Sending our prayers. We have some wonderful memories of Coach Amsden. He is a legend!
Linda Hotchkiss (Williston, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
There was only one George! So sorry for
your loss.
Gordon and Joy Nordstrom (Garrison, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
Tim, Lori and family. we are so sorry for your loss, remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie (Clark) DeMoe (Thompson , ND)
Jun 1, 2016
Williston lost a great man in George Amsden. Carol, all of the family is in our prayers. Any time I came back to Williston to visit family, I seemed to always see George.....usually at the library, but also visiting with his friends over coffee at CashWise Deli. It was such a treat to talk to him each time. God bless you as you prepare to say goodbye to such a great man. His memories will live on...cherish them all.
Curt Gilbertson (Bismarck)
Jun 1, 2016
As an athlete from a small school coming to Williston in the "60"s George was "Mr. Coyote". After working in the Williston Public Schools and having the privilege of playing softball with George is when I found what a "special and unique" person was.
Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Lee Halvorson (Rolette, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
Thoughts and prayers for the Amsden family.
Lana Bartels
Jun 1, 2016
His smile and great sense of humor will be truly missed as he has moved on to a better place. My heart goes out to all of his family!
Peggy Mitchell Slough
Jun 1, 2016
Many prayers to the families
My outstanding memory of Mr Amsden was when he was walking behind out targets during archery class and Deb Lohse's arrow missed the target and got his leg we felt so bad
Jim mcpherson (Bismarck, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
With sympathy and fond memories of our many years working together with the coyote athletics , I will miss my friend.
Julie (Nyquist) & Steve Treib (Williston, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
May you all be blessed with comfort and peace, as we were honored to be apart of Mr. Amsden's life. Treasure the memories! God bless!
Pat Buck
Jun 1, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Bob & Kathy Bartz (Williston, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
To the Amsden Family,
We were sorry to hear of George's passing. Our condolences to your family.
I so enjoyed visiting with George regarding his granddaughters, had in second grade.
Dennis Hoffer (Bismarck, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
George will be missed by many people. He was my high school football coach and P.E. teacher in the late 60’s, my AD as I started my coaching career at WHS, and then finally our pitcher for the famous Apostles softball team. Laurey and I will miss him.
Julie & Jim Dunnigan (Jamestown, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
Carol and family we are so sorry to hear about your dad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Ed & Connie Sundby (Minot, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Larry Barkie (Fort Worth, Texas)
Jun 1, 2016
Sorry to hear of Coach's passing, my thoughts & prayers are with his family. May Coach R.I.P.
Jim Haugen (Helena, Mt)
Jun 1, 2016
I have had a bunch of favorite Coyotes over many years; George was one of the very best. His family has my most significant thoughts...
Jim Haugen, Helena
Carlyle & Gloria Norby (Grenora, ND)
Jun 1, 2016
Our sincere sympathy goes out to a wonderful man's family, at the time of his passing. Prayers for all!
Lynda and Gary Edwards (Belle Fourche,, SD)
Jun 1, 2016
Joan and Family: So sorry to hear of Uncle George's passing. He was one in a million as far as uncles go. Loved his gentle manner and sweet smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Larry Larsen (Mandan, North Dakota)
Jun 2, 2016
My sincere sympathy to George’s family.
Bob Digerness (San Vito, Costa Rica)
Jun 2, 2016
"Coach" - since junior high has always been an inspiration to me and certainly to countless more. He will be missed and remembered... God Bless to all.
Mark Stenehjem (Fargo, ND)
Jun 2, 2016
My sympathy to all in the Amsden family. Many great memories of 55+ years with George as my coach, neighbor and friend. Rest in peace Coach.
Deb & Russ Hayden (Alexander, ND)
Jun 2, 2016
Dear Joan, Carol, Tim & Family ~
I am so saddened to hear of George's passing. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Dean Bachmeier (Minot, ND)
Jun 2, 2016
A great guy; a hard nose coach ...my kind of guy!
Larry Mockel (Williston , ND)
Jun 2, 2016
As second chair at the coffee group I will sure miss George.
Lorna Jones Van de Streek (Brooklyn Park, MN)
Jun 3, 2016
You were the lucky one if Mr. Amsden chose you for a bop on your head with his ruler. I can still picture him at the top of the stairs at the Junior High School. He was a good teacher and coach who made a difference. Peace to you.
Bruce Fredrickson (Kalispell, MT)
Jun 4, 2016
So sorry to hear of Coach's passing. He was a true legend and touched and inspired many lives, including mine. Great memories and his life continues in all others that he touched.
Walt Whittier (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
Jun 4, 2016
Dear Mrs. Amsden and family - I was saddened to learn of Coach's passing. He was a great man and a great inspiration to me personally. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Leon Helstad (Trout Creek, Montana )
Jun 6, 2016
Joan, Tim, Carol and families.
So sorry for your loss. Joan you may not remember me but you were always so kind when I was at your house when I was young. I have told the story many times that it was Brent or Brian in diapers that came up and put their elbows on the kitchen table while standing. I think you also made some lunches for me and Tim on our bike trips to the muddy to catch bullheads when we were kids. I hope you are doing OK. I know it is hard. Sincerely, Leon Helstad
Gary Berube (Mandan, ND)
Jun 9, 2016
George has been a client of mine since 2003. I always enjoyed my visits with George and Joan. It always made my trips to Wiliiston enjoyable. Our prayers are with the family.
Catherine Corbett (Lakeville, Minnesota)
Jul 9, 2016
George was my teacher, but more important, he was my friend. RIP George.
Catherine Corbett (Lakeville, Minnesota)
Jul 9, 2016
In Jr. High, George and Harry(Chapman), decided to become my Guardian Angel's. From that point on they would check up on me on a regular basis. I say RIP George, but now that you and Harry are together again, no one will rest again(LOL). Keep everyone in line guy's. Miss you both.
Jim& Darlene Leinen (Williston, ND)
Jul 13, 2016
#1 Coyote, #1 Friend. God Bless you George.
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