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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Richard "Rick" Lane Sanford
May 8, 1952 - June 15, 2022

Place of Birth: Watford City, ND
Residence: Bismarck, ND
Age: 70

Richard (Rick) Lane Sanford, of Watford City, ND, passed away on June 15, 2022, at McKenzie County Medical Center in Watford City, ND. Rick was 70 years old.

Rick was born on May 8, 1952, to Norman and Marion (Riek) Sanford. He was the youngest of the couple’s four children, all of whom went on to attend college. Norman built, owned, and operated Park Lanes Bowling in Watford City, from roughly 1959 to 1965. At the ripe age of 9, Rick bowled a 208 at that same Park Lanes bowling alley. A picture of young Rick hung on the wall of the bowling alley commemorating this one of his many accomplishments.

At age 18, in 1970, Rick graduated from Watford City High School and went on to attend UND Williston for two years where he graduated with a business degree in 1972. Shortly thereafter, he married Vicki (Johnson) Cole. During the course of their marriage, Rick and Vicki had two children, Brian and Darrin.

From 1972 to 2018 Rick worked in the oil and gas industry. Specifically, from 1972 to 1985, he worked with Dowell Well Service and from 1985 to 2015 with Wisco Inc. He temporarily retired in 2015, but eventually ended up coming out of retirement to work with MBI Services from 2015 to 2018. During his career in the oilfield, he held many titles and worked in every corner of the industry and was known as a “numbers” guy.

On December 17, 2003, he married Kimberly (Spoonts) Sanford at the Williams County Courthouse in Williston, ND. Prior to their courthouse wedding in Williston, both Rick and Kimberly exchanged vows at an informal wedding officiated by Kimberly’s brother in Kenai, AK. At the age of 51, Rick took on a new wife, and four additional children, Kimberly’s children from a prior marriage. He loved her children and took care of them like they were his own.

Rick was a great bowler, enjoyed dancing and music, and was always excited to watch Nascar every Sunday. His favorite Nascar driver was Jeff Gordon, car number 24, which Rick sported on his favorite jacket for special occasions. He was a one-of-a-kind person in the way that he took care of everyone else before himself. He was a wonderful man, husband, and father and will be dearly missed by his family and friends, of which there are undoubtedly many.

Left to cherish Rick’s memory are his loving wife, Kimberly; sons, Brian Sanford and Darrin (Rashana) Sanford; stepsons, Nathen Erickson and Tyler Erickson; stepdaughters, Alona Erickson and Jessie Yeager; sister, Marilyn Jensen; brothers, James and David Sanford; along with grandchildren, Josh, Alyssa, Bryn, Ayden, Jakzen, Jerzie, Melody, and Rosalyn.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Marion Sanford.

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Jun 15, 2022
Thanks for all the years of hard work from all of WISCO. Prayers good out to family.
Nate Erickson and Jeff Walz (Miami, FL)
Jun 15, 2022
You were the best Rick! So grateful for all the memories over the past 20 years and the special celebrations you were able to be part of. Thank you for being part of our lives.
Monica Haskin (Williston , ND)
Jun 15, 2022
I am so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. He was a good guy, I enjoyed visiting with him when he would come into WISCO office. He will be sadly missed. Prayer & hugs to all his family. RIP Big Guy.
Judy Sommerfeld (Williston , North Dakota )
Jun 15, 2022
So sorry for your loss. Our sympathy is with all of you!
Karen Broderson (Watford City, ND)
Jun 15, 2022
Sad to loose another classmate. I remember Rick always with a big smile. Our sympathies to his family.
Don Herauf
Jun 16, 2022
Condolences to the family. Rick was great to work with. He was a kind friendly man. RIP Rick.
Lester O. Ronholdt (Williston, ND)
Jun 16, 2022
Good man gone way to soon. Rest In Peace Rick. Our condolences to the family.
Alicia & Kevin Cole (Williston, North Dakota)
Jun 16, 2022
To all of Ricks Loved ones, please accept our condolences in the passing of Rick. He was one of a kind and I enjoyed working with him during his time with WISCO Family. May you all find peace in the memory of the many good times. May He Now Rest Peacefully.
Sheila Hughes
Jun 16, 2022
Such a great easy going guy. Condolences to Kim and all his family
Kayleen Severson Fredrickson (Kalispell, Montana)
Jun 19, 2022
Kim & family, my deepest condolences! Cherish the memories! Hugs to you all RIP Rick
Lisa Hughes (Williston, ND)
Jun 20, 2022
Rick you were such an amazing man. I’ll miss our 4th of July barbecues & your kindness, mostly the way you loved Kim.
Lee Ramsey (Lubbock, Texas)
Jun 21, 2022
Rick was a key member of our Dowell team in Williston. He and I started working together in the field operating the old TP pumps. In the 80’s he worked for me as one of eight salesmen in boom times when we chased over 200 rigs. Rick had a great sense of humor and was a good friend.
Mary Ell (Williston, North Dakota)
Jun 21, 2022
So sad to read of Ricks passing. My sincere sympathy to Kim and all his family. Rick was a pleasure to work with while at Wisco. Rick was 1 of a kind. Such a gentle and kind soul.
Scott and Lisa Clark (Williston, NORTH Dakota)
Jun 21, 2022
Brian and family,
So very sorry to hear about Rick!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time, Scott and Rick worked together at WISCO for years, alot of great memories!!! He was such a kind and gentle man, made me laugh whenever I saw him...May your memories get you through in the days ahead...RIP Rick!!!!
Ralph and Debby Skoglund (Watford City, ND)
Jun 21, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers with you and your family. May God Bless you and your Family and keep you all in His Loving Care.
David Hoover (Williston, ND)
Jun 24, 2022
My deepest condolences for your loss! Praying for the peace of God to be with you in your mourning.
Mavis Sevigny (Grafton, ND)
Jun 24, 2022
So sorry to hear of Rick's passing. He was one of the best. Our sympathies to Kim and family.
Alona Erickson (Mankato, MN)
Jun 24, 2022
LOVE YOU RICK Please watch Over all of us. Now you can watch all the Nascar you want from the Best seat in the house. You were the best and know there won't be a dad I don't think of you. So glad we had so memories together and with family. Thanks for taking care of my Mom also, she cherished you on her good and bad days, always remember that. Love you save a seat for all of us.
Jun 26, 2022

My condolences to Ricks family. My husband Butch Jensen worked with Rick at Dowell in Williston, He liked Rick a lot and enjoyed working with him and considered him a good friend. Prayers for you all.
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