Clifford Oyloe, 98, of Williston, died Thursday morning, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home in Williston, with his three sons at his side. Clifford Melvin Oyloe, son of Martin and Louise (Helland) Oyloe, was born April 13, 1914, on the family farm in Round Prairie Township. He was raised in Round Prairie Township and attended Round Prairie Consolidated School. He attended three years of high school at Pioneer School in Hebron Township, where he met Ruth Henriksen, his future wife, and graduated from Williston High School in 1932. Cliff was often joshed by Leroy Anseth, a fellow Round Prairie resident, for being the first Round Prairie boy to graduate from high school!
In 1934 he was employed by the Farmers Union Oil Co. and worked there until he was inducted in the Army on May 17, 1943. He took basic training at Camp Barkley, Texas, and Camp Polk, La., and subsequently was assigned to Headquarters Detachment, 327th Medical Battalion, 102nd Infantry Division, as a mechanic. He was discharged March 27, 1944, from McClosky General Hospital, Temple, Texas. Clifford was proud of his service and only the Army and a few friends know that he served despite the loss of his left eye at age 18. Imagine the hubbub today if someone was not only drafted but also inducted into any service with just one eye. The lawyers would be salivating.
He was united in marriage to Ruth Mae Henriksen on June 23, 1937, in Malta, Mont. They have made their home in Williston through the many years together. They were active members of their church and at present members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Williston.
In 1947 he and his brother Vernon purchased Williston Auto Wrecking and formed Oyloe Auto Wrecking, a business partnership that continued until Vernon’s death in 1967. After Vernon’s death he was in partnership with Vernon’s wife, Anna, and later purchased her interest. He sold the business to Recyke Inc. of Minot in 1974.
He was an active A.A. member for 67 years and a charter member of the Williston A.A. Group, which organized in 1950. He was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts while his sons were growing up and also a longtime member of the Williston Rifle and Pistol Club and the National Rifle Association.
Clifford was a member of the Williston Moose Lodge #239, Legion of the Moose and Life Fellowship Degree, and a past governor of the Moose Lodge #239. He was a 60-plus year member of the American Legion Edgar M. Boyd Post #37.
He was elected to three terms on the Williston City Commission and served as street commissioner and also as finance commissioner. He also served part of a term on the Williams County Commission.
Clifford was an avid hunter, pursuing pheasants, water fowl, deer, antelope and other game throughout North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Canada. He enjoyed all sports, especially boating and water skiing with family and friends.
He leaves to mourn: his sons, Myron and wife, Susan, Keith and wife, Pam, Steve and wife, Jo; three granddaughters, Jennifer, Carrie and Stephanie; five grandsons, Matthew, Peter, Jacob, Bryan and Timothy; stepgrandchildren, Tiffany Johnson and Chris Sondrol; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents; two sisters, Mildred and Audrey; and seven brothers, Orville, Vernon, Harold, Ralph, Lloyd, Marlyn and Gerald “Jerry”.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Williston. Pastor Muriel Lippert will officiate.
Burial will be held at Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Home and from 3 to 5 p.m. at Fulkerson Funeral Home of Williston. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 a.m. to noon in the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service in the church.
Friends may share memories and condolences with the family at (www.fulkersons.com).