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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Harlis A. "Bud" Sem
July 22, 1931 - April 16, 2021

Place of Birth: Powers Lake, ND
Residence: Powers Lake, ND
Age: 89



Harlis A “Bud” Sem, 89, of Powers Lake, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at the Tioga Medical Center in Tioga, ND.

Harlis Sem was born July 22, 1931 at home in Mountrail County near Powers Lake, North Dakota. Harlis was the third of four children. He was the third generation to live and farm South of Powers Lake.

Harlis married Dagney Enget on October 25th, 1951 in a double wedding with brother Phalen and Dagney’s sister Darlene. Harlis worked in the Tioga oil field until the unexpected death of his father, William in 1961. He took over the family farm. In 1965, a hail storm took his crop. He moved his family to Powers Lake and ran the local restaurant for one year while continuing to farm and milk cows. He loved the farm life. He would say he liked buying angus heifers more than buying a new car. In 1978 he sold his milking cows and worked in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska with his brother, Phalen for 6 years. In 1984, he bought milk cows back and continued to milk for a few more years. In 1986, he sold the milk cows once again and focused on farming and raising angus cattle.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his many friends. Fishing in Canada was always a highlight.

Harlis retired on his 80th birthday, selling his angus cows and buying a winter home in Apache Junction, AZ where he enjoyed the warmer weather with friends. He was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church in Powers Lake.

He is survived by sons, Scott (Tami) Sem, Ambrose, ND; Claude (Pati) Sem, Minot, ND; and Stacey (Brenda) Sem, Thompson, ND and daughter, Sandy (Donny) Leiseth, Williston, ND. Eleven grandchildren, William (Bill) Sem, Tanya Hill, Trisha Werre, Katie Peterson, Kimberly Keller, Kelli Sem, Chelsie Black, Evan Johnson, Megan Aichele, Kaitlyn Ratchenski and Joshua Sem. Sixteen great-grandchildren along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Harlis was preceded in death by his wife, Dagney; parents, William and Ruth; brothers, Allen and Phalen and sister, Caroline Hermanson.




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BRUCE RODENHIZER (STANLEY, ND)
Apr 17, 2021
MY SINCERE SYMPATHIES TO HARLISS'S FAMILY & MAY HIS PRECIOUS MEMORIES BLESS & SUSTAIN US ALL IN THE DAYS & YEARS TO COME & MAY THIS BE OUR PRAYER O LORD HELP US ALL WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A GREAT LOSS TO BE GRATFUL & THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE, AMEN/ WITH MUCH LOVE & PRAYERS FROM A LONG,LONG TIME FRIEND GOING BACK TO OUR SCHOOL DAYS IN POWERS LAKE WHEN HE & DAGNY WERE SWEET HEARTS,GOD BLESS/ BRUCE RODENHIZER
Chad Skretteberg (Carson, ND)
Apr 19, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss, I enjoyed his stories at the Good Barn at harvest, he bragged his John Deere baler was so good "it could bale dust"
Chad Sem (Santa Maria, CA)
Apr 23, 2021
Uncle Bud & I @ Merlyns
RIP Uncle Bud! You were the hardest working man I have ever known. I'll miss talking to you on the phone and hearing your "snicker laugh" when I'd share memories of us out on the farm. The memories we shared out there will last beyond a lifetime and I can still smell the farm and still remember every sound and it was just exactly how I always remembered it when I was back there a couple years ago. Those ingrained memories are the best memories I have from my childhood. Please say hello to all our family up there and you and grandpa take Aunt Dag and grandma out for a nice dinner. Hopefully you were a good boy down here after Aunt Dag left us, so she doesn't have to clobber'sh ya when you see her again! ;) Love you Uncle Buddy!!!! See you soon! You are missed greatly!
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