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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Clifford Marvin Gronfur
March 5, 1932 - January 17, 2021

Place of Birth: Williston, North Dakota
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 88

Clifford M. Gronfur, 88, of Williston, ND passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williston, ND.

Clifford Marvin Gronfur was born March 5, 1932 in Williston, ND to Christ and Mina C. (Fosse) Gronfur. Growing up he attended Brooklyn School in Brooklyn Township grades 1-6, Williston Central School grades 7-8. He attended Williston High School his freshman year then transferred to Epping High School grades 10-12 and graduated from Epping High School with the class of 1950. Moving onto college, Clifford attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor Degree in Social Studies. At Minot State Teacher’s College, he obtained a Minor Degree in Secondary Education, Minor Degree in Music.

At UND Clifford was involved in Lamda Chi Alpha, Gamma Theta Upsilon, Arnold Air Society, Kappa Kappa Psi. He was also a member for many years in the University Symphony and Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Psi Jazz Band and Flickertail Follies.

He was an excellent teacher who thoroughly enjoyed his job and students. He taught at various schools, was a band director, involved in coaching, theater and was the Business Administrator at School District #8. He was an excellent artist and loved sharing his artwork with others.

Clifford was a bookkeeper/financial records at Frontier Equipment and Airport International Inn. After he retired he was a hail adjuster for Farmer’s Mutual Hail Company.

He volunteered and was very active in the community, sharing his talents. He was involved in the Williston City Band, Williston Bicentennial Committee, Band Day Committee, Williston Park Board, Lions Club, Yankee Doodle Tailtwister, Williston Jazz Band. He was also a Waterfront Director at Lake Metigoshe Scout Camp.

He was very proud to be the co-director and originator of the Williams Co. Allstar Band tour to the 900th Anniversary of Bergen Norway. He toured Norway in 1975 He was chosen by Governor Link to represent North Dakota on ND Day in Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall. Received a private audience with King Olav along with 3 other members of the Festival 76 while in Norway.

October 2014, Clifford moved to the Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston where he lived for the past 6 years.

Clifford is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Jergen Gronfur, Alida Siverson, Olga Bustad, Esther Tofte, Myrtle Vallevik, Erling Duane Gronfur and 3 infant siblings.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, Clifford loved all animals and would appreciate donations be given to the Local MonDak Humane Society, 6207 1st Ave W, Williston, ND 58801

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Miller (Williston, North Dakota)
Jan 19, 2021
Cliff was a great friend of our family. We had many good times with him. Rest in peace. We will miss you.
Marla Knutson (Williston, ND)
Jan 19, 2021
Sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Cliff.
Mary Jo Gannaway Saboe (Manhattan , MT)
Jan 19, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Cliff’s passing! I had recently been wondering about Cliff and had a dream about when he and I were teaching back in Trenton! What a talented man! Cliff had the softest heart and loved all! May he Rest In Peace!
Gregg Aune (Maple Grove , Minnesota )
Jan 19, 2021
Sad day as a man that rest very high in my memory has passed. Cliff was the greatest band teacher ever, he made all of us at Trenton High School better musicians and better people. He will be missed. All my love, thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Dennis Johnson (San Tan Valley, Arizona)
Jan 20, 2021
Saddened to hear of Mr. Gronfur passing. He along with Mr. Kouba and Mrs Jacobson were tremendous influences on us growing up. Will always remember him while marching us up and down main street practicing for Band Day or a Band trip to Cheyenne or Canada. His Coaching and wanting us all to work hard and do our best. God Bless Mr. Gronfur.
Carolyn Lynch (Mesa, Az)
Jan 20, 2021
Was sorry to read about Cliff, I worked with him for many years at District 8. He had a kind heart, loved his music and had a hand in the many plays put on in Epping for years. Those were the good days! Rest In Peace my friend.
Marilyn Messner (Fargo, ND)
Jan 21, 2021
In sympathy to the Gronfur family in the loss of my dear cousin, Cliff, who was so talented artistically and musically and was so entertaining and fun to be around. He had clever wit with quick spontaneous, humorous comments at the tip of his tongue and he told intriguing stories.
I have such admiration for the person he was and feel blessed to have known him and for the times spent time around him. He will live on in our memories.
Sincerely, Marilyn Messner
Ruth Folkestad (Williston, ND)
Jan 21, 2021
I taught with Cliff. He was so talented. He painted all the mascots on the Class B school gym walls. He got me involved with Festival 76 with trips to Norway, DC and Philadelphia. His talents will be missed.
Kim Enno (Williston, ND)
Jan 21, 2021
Kristi I am so sorry to hear of your uncle Cliffs passing. I remember the days of him sitting on your deck with all of us. He was a great guy.
Raymond S Hoffman (Marydel, MD)
Jan 22, 2021
Sad to hear of Mr. Gronfur's passing. He transformed Trenton School when he arrived, I wasn't yet 12, and he got special permission for me to march with our band in the Calgary Stampede Parade his first year with us, even though I was under the minimum age. Many of us spent long hours painting sets with him for elaborate play productions like a musical version of "Tom Sawyer" at the high school and a melodrama at the community hall. A few of us helped him paint a huge tiger mascot on the wall of the gym. He elevated everything he touched in our community. To the extent that I graduated from high school feeling like a worthy individual, I have to give a huge piece of the credit to Cliff, who said "Of course you can" to so many a young person's undertaking. He is fondly remembered.

Ray Hoffman
Trenton High School
Class of 1979
Steve Helstad (grand forks, ND)
Jan 23, 2021
Sorry to hear of Cliffs passing. He was my neighbor when i lived by the Williston High School and have known him since he was in Alamo. R. I. P. Cliff
Marilyn Messner (Fargo)
Jan 23, 2021
It's me again with thoughts of Cliff. He was a man of ideas - fun things to do - family reunion plans - BIG ideas of events, etc. Often his ideas were carried through. He had a way to inspire people. He was a leader.
Brian Bjella (Bozeman, MT)
Jan 23, 2021
I had the great pleasure of playing with the Alamo band on the trip to the Calgary Stampede, and going on the Williams County band trip to Bergen Norway in 1970. These are two great trips that I would never have been able to go on without the wonderful vision of Mr. Gronfur. I still remember marching in between the rows of grain bins at Alamo, as Mr. Gronfur said this would be similar to the reverberation we would experience with the tall buildings in Calgary. Thank you Mr. Gronfur for your vision and these wonderful experiences.
Susan (Williston, ND)
Jan 24, 2021
Wonderful to read these memories from all over the USA. Thank you for sharing stories.
Douglas Gronfur (Williston , North Dakota )
Jan 25, 2021
He was my uncle and he had my blessings on many of his adventures from boy scouts to band art and many other drama, designs of new billboards with his talent his passing was tough he was the last uncle I had and the end of his family of many aunts and uncles all his sisters and two brothers
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