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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Earl Dennis Westereng
July 27, 1939 - September 27, 2019

Place of Birth: Minot, North Dakota
Residence: Rural Williston, North Dakota
Age: 80

Earl Dennis Westereng, 80, passed away September 27, 2019 in his home as a result from cancer.

Earl was born July 27, 1939 in Minot, ND to Clarence and Irene (Stromstad) Westereng. He was raised, educated in Minot and graduated from Minot High School with the class of 1957. He went onto college and graduated from Harvard University in 1961. Upon returning to Minot, he worked in the furniture/appliance business.

He served in the US Army Reserves, as a logistics officer with the 311th Army Medical Hospital. He also served as district chairman of the Democratic/NPL party, during the 1960’s and early 1970’s.

He moved to the Williston area in the mid 1970’s starting a Remodeling and Interior Decorating Business. After arriving in Williston, Earl helped form the Veterans & Friends of the Old Armory, serving on its board, which renovated and preserved the building. He designed many of the improvements and supervised much of the construction projects that make the building what it is today. He headed, organized and began construction for the Williston Centennial Celebration, as well as Cardiac Capers for the hospital.

Earl served on the board of Community Connections, and was appointed to the ND Council on the Arts by Governor Sinner. He contributed to Entertainment Inc. by building the stage for their 1st production in the old Elks building and also acting and directing in a number of the productions.
Earl was an active member in First Lutheran Church, serving on the church council, and eventually the president. One of his proudest moments was when he was able to buy the old original high school and oversaw the conversion into a living facility for low income rentals. In addition, he was head of Lutheran Social Services. For many years Earl was involved with the Miss North Dakota Pageant.

Earl was an avid reader of the Williston Herald. He had his own library with a rolling ladder for easy access to his many books and novels. He was always up for a good game of cards, and enjoyed listening to his many styles of music.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eileen Snyder and Norma Westereng; brother, John Westereng.

He is survived by his brother, Allen Westereng from Minot; brother-in-law, Lee Snyder of Minot; business partner and good friend, Ted Lindseth of Williston; nephews, Lynn Snyder, Leif Snyder, Lyle Snyder, John Westereng, Steve Westereng, Mark Westereng; nieces, Karen (Westereng) Krebsbach and Diane Hochhalter.

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Marilyn Mcginley (Willistob)
Sep 29, 2019
Earl was a talented great human to call “friend”. Williston will miss him. He quietly gave so much.
VanNessa Krueger (Bellevue, NE)
Sep 29, 2019
My deepest sympathies Ted, I am so sorry to hear this. Earl was one in a million always so kind and helpful. His laugh is one of my favorites! So glad we were able to visit you both when we were in Williston— I will treasure that visit even more. My prayers are with you.
Linda Tofte (Williston, North Dakota)
Sep 29, 2019
So sorry to hear about the loss of Earl i pray that memories of him may comfort you
Larry Granbois (Trenton, ND)
Sep 29, 2019
RIP my friend.
Wallace Birkeland (Minot, ND)
Sep 30, 2019
So sad to learn of Earl's passing. He was a great cousin.
Renee and Jerry Rogness (Williston, North Dakota)
Oct 1, 2019
Ted and Earl’s family, We are so very to hear of your loss. Earl was such a talented and special person and we were Blessed to call him our friend! He will be missed!
Oct 1, 2019
The world has lost a very Special Man. God Bless you Earl. Rest in Peace.
Mary Kay Odegard (Williston, ND)
Oct 2, 2019
Earl certainly left his mark on the
Williston community and his talents will be missed so much. My sympathy to those that loved him; his suffering is over!
Kathleen Key Imes (Williston)
Oct 3, 2019
The man had character. I admired him and envied his free spirit.
C'Dale (Jenner McBride) Jore & Phil (Williston, North Dakota)
Oct 3, 2019
I was privileged to be in a cast with Earl several times and forever grateful he filled in for Tom in Man of La Mancha during competition. He was the director of our Melodrama in the park. I, C'Dale, got to play an old man! Ted, I think you were the other old man :-) And we were young then! Hahaha! Earl and I were busy interior decorators in the 80's & 90's. We were never in competition, instead he was always supportive to me and my business, helping out whenever I needed him. How awesome! Williston is better for all the community involvement from Earl. It will last a long time! With our sincere sympathy, C'Dale & Phil
Carol J and Lowell Sandvik (WILLISTON, North Dakota)
Oct 5, 2019
Earl's friendship, kindness and knowledge will be missed..yet always remembered. God Bless.AMEN
Greg Johnson
Oct 5, 2019
Words cannot express the sadness I feel. Earl had a profound affect on my life. My best friends are friends Earl and I made together from our Ray and Williston, ND days. Earl always had a plan for an adventure. He had grand ideas for a prairie dinner...a formal dinner table with linens and candelabras set on the North Dakota prairie fields with gourmet food offerings. He was a master at his craft and created so many of the great homes and businesses of Williston. We lost contact for many years but reconnected about 10 years ago. Thank you Earl for being such a big part of my life and thank you for being you...a dreamer an achiever and just a really wonderful caring and giving person. I will miss you tremendously.
Rodger Schmid (Fargo, ND)
Oct 6, 2019
My condolences on the passing of Earl. . I always enjoyed time spent with him and helping on his projects.
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