Posted 6/08/16 (Wed)
Ardell Skogen, 92, of Valley City, N.D. passed away peacefully May 31, 2016, at Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, N.D.
Ardell was born March 4, 1924, in Minneapolis to Raymond and Olga (Johnson) Lassey.
She attended high school in Watford City, N.D., graduating in 1942. Ardell received her teaching certificate and taught two years at a rural school.
She married Melvin Skogen on January 13, 1945, in Williston, N.D., after which they moved to the farm near Valley City that he and his father had purchased the previous fall.
It is on this farm that they raised their three children and lived until they moved to Valley City in 1974.
In the 1960’s Ardell and Melvin established and operated a successful insurance agency along with their farming operation. She worked for the Barnes County ASCS office from 1965 to 1985. She had served on the Sheyenne Care Center board, was a charter member of the Town & Country Homemakers Club, and a member of The Garden Club, BPW and NARFE organizations. Ardell was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Valley City, where she was active in her church and also co-chaired the annual bake sale.
She enjoyed gardening and her flowers. Ardell was passionate about her family and loved them very much.
She is survived by one daughter, Carol (Jerry) Meyers, Erie, N.D.; two sons, Luther (Linda) Skogen, Valley City, and Allan (Janelle) Skogen, Bozeman, Mont.; seven grandchildren, Leigh Meyers (Dan Bernhardson), Fargo, N.D., Sara (Jeremy) Anderson, Alexandria, Minn., Leslie (Chad) Johnson, Burnsville, Minn., Jill (Jesse) Chase, Bozeman, Mont., Michael (Tiffany) Skogen, Bozeman, Mont., Katherine (Kevin) O’Reilley, Missoula, Mont., and Heather Skogen, Bismarck, N.D.; 18 great-grandchildren; and a niece, Debbie Mustain, Yuma, Ariz.
Ardell was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; two grandchildren, Chad Allen Meyers, Matthew David Skogen; and a brother, Merton Lassey.
The funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Valley City, N.D., with burial following at Memory Gardens in Valley City. Visitation was Friday from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel in Valley City.
Memorials may be directed to Our Savior’s Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel. An Online guestbook for Ardell is available at www.olivernathanchapel.com
Michael Keegan, 77, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016, at Bethel Lutheran Home.
At his request cremation has taken place. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston has been entrusted with his arrangements.
Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com