Clark Obert Rismon, 66, Powers Lake, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Mountrail County Medical Center, Stanley, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Clark was born Dec. 8, 1947, to Obert and Gina (Braaten) Rismon, in McVille. He was raised in Tolna and graduated from high school in 1965. He attended Devils Lake Junior College for diesel mechanics. Clark entered the Army and proudly served his country in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. After he was honorably discharged, he returned to North Dakota. He worked as a mechanic for Cummins Diesel in Fargo.
Clark met Jane Colbenson in the summer of 1969. They were married Jan. 23, 1971, in Stanley.
Clark and Jane moved to Williston in 1975, where Clark worked as branch manager and territorial oil and gas manager for Cummins Diesel. He also owned and operated MACS Hotshot Service.
He joined his father-in-law in farming. In 1985, the family moved to Stanley. In the late 1980s, Clark started and operated N.D. Bird Seed Company, raising and bagging bird feed. They moved to the farm in 1996, where he farmed full time until 2003, when his health forced him to rent out the land. He drove truck for several years to keep busy.
While living in Williston, he served on the church council at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, as a member of N.D. American Petroleum Institute and N.D. Motor Carriers, chairman of the advisory committee for the diesel department at Williston State College, and as parade chairman for the oil celebration in 1976. After he moved to Stanley, he served on the board of directors for Dakota Quality Grain, Soil Conservation Service District, and was a past commander of the Charles Hartman American Legion Post 134.
Clark will be remembered for his witty sense of humor, his rough exterior and his kind, generous heart. He took great pride in helping others. Clark’s kids and grandkids were his pride and joy and he enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed buying, fixing and reselling anything. He passed on his love of family, tinkering, hunting and fishing to his kids and grandkids.
There was nothing he couldn’t fix or do. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Clark is survived by: his wife, Jane; his children, Melissa (Craig) Johnson, Dickinson, Amy (Brad) Farhart, of Stanley, and Chad (Sarah) Rismon, of Stanley; grandchildren, Amanda and Tanner Johnson, Braeden and Carson Farhart and Carly and Cooper Rismon; sister, Betty Lindsey, Minot; brother, Dennis (Doreen) Rismon, of Fargo; brother-in-law, Gary (Judy) Colbenson, of Pengilly, Minn.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clark was preceded in death by: his parents, and mother-in-law and father-in-law.
Funeral services will be: Monday, June 23, 11 a.m., at American Lutheran Church, Stanley.
Burial will follow: at Fairview Cemetery, Stanley.
Visitation will be: Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., at Springan Funeral Home, Stanley.