Oscar C. Johnsrud

Dec. 24, 1927-July 18, 2014

Oscar Calvin Johnsrud, 86, Fargo, formerly of Watford City, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, after a 6-month battle with cancer. He died at Rosewood on Broadway, Fargo, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and in the presence of family.

Oscar was born Dec. 24, 1927, to Hilmar and Sofie (Skaarhagen) Johnsrud, in their ranch home 8 miles west of Keene. He was the 11th of 12 children. He attended the Dodge School, near Keene, and joined the Army in February 1951. After receiving his basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., he spent a year at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Ind. He also served six months at Munich, Germany, during the Korean Conflict with a rank of private first class. He was discharged in February 1953. During the winter of 1954-1955, he attended Hanson Auto Mechanics Trade School in Fargo. He was united in marriage to Celia Ardella Martin on June 9, 1957, at Rock Lake. Oscar was a self-employed contract pumper in the oilfields of western North Dakota for 40 years prior to his retirement in 1995. He had resided in Watford City until recently moving into Rosewood on Broadway Nursing Home in Fargo.

Oscar was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Watford City including serving on the church council. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on the drill team as well. He was on the board of the Independent Farmers Oil Company, of Keene, for many years, a member of the 50 Years in the Saddle Club and an active member of the Heritage Park Board for 13 years. He enjoyed working in their yard, gardening and visiting. He loved ice cream and anything that Celia cooked or baked for him.

He is survived by: his wife, Celia, of Fargo; son, Bryan (Mary Lou) of Springfield, Ill.; daughter, Susan (Kevin) Mjelstad, of Fargo; grandsons, Grant, Clark and Brock Mjelstad, of Fargo; and stepgranddaughter, Marcy (Jason) Edwards, of Auburn, Ill. He is also survived by sisters, Esther Heller, of Fargo, Ella Hoadley, of Mahtowa, Minn., Mavis Connell, Sutherlin, Ore., and brother, Neil, of Lake Stevens, Wash., as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Preceding him in death are: his parents, four brothers and three sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Lutheran Church in Watford City, the Heritage Park in Watford City, Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, Hospice of the Red River Valley, or Rosewood on Broadway.

The family would like to thank the staff at Rosewood as well as the staff from Hospice for their loving care of Oscar. He often commented about the wonderful care that he received. He was happy to know that his wife is getting that same wonderful care at Rosewood.

Funeral: Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church in Watford City.

Burial: Schafer Cemetery, Watford City.

Visitation: Wednesday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., at West Funeral Home in West Fargo and Saturday, one hour prior to the service, in the church.

West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center, West Fargo, and Fulkerson Funeral Home of Watford City are handling arrangements. (westfuneralhome.com)