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Kelby Indergard

Posted 1/16/13 (Wed)

Funeral service for Kelby G. Indergard, 17, of the Squaw Gap Community, N.D. was at 11:00 a.m., CST (10:00 a.m. MST), Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Alexander High School in Alexander, N.D., under the direction of the Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney. Pastor David Huskamp from the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church officiated. Casketbearers were Rory Irwin, Joe Nelson, Tom Voll, Tessa Dwyer, Emmett Johnson, Cole Peterson, Chisum Lewis and Ethan Hennessy. Honorary Casketbearers were Kelby’s ND High School Rodeo friends, Richland County 4-H members, Watford City football and basketball teams, and all of his friends and neighbors. Ushers were Zach Johnson, Colter Maki, Wade McMillen and Brandon Alex. Interment was in the Sunnyside Cemetery, Squaw Gap, N.D. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Kelby George Indergard was born on May 29, 1995, in Sidney, Mont. He was the son of Kelly and Stacey (Letcher) Indergard of Sidney. Kelby was baptized at the Lutheran Brethren Church in Sidney, Mont., and later confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander, N.D. He was taken from us unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
Kelby was raised on the Indergard ranch in McKenzie County, North Dakota. He spent the first years of his life playing and fighting with his brother, Seth; riding bike, horses, building forts, climbing hills, learning about rattlesnakes, going to brandings, and playing with his neighborhood friends. In his early years, he was his dad’s shadow, learning to carry buckets, drive tractors, chase cows, mechanic, laugh, and tell jokes. These everyday times helped instill his love of family and ranch. His dad was so proud of his horsemanship and roping skills. He enjoyed spending time with friends, trying to beat his brother at Playstation, roping, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, and swimming at Leland Dam. He loved hanging out with friends and kept busy playing practical jokes on everyone and anyone who was around. You knew when you saw that twinkle in his eye, something was up. Kids were drawn to him and he enjoyed them also. His beautiful smile and friendly “Hello” was given to all and he could make anyone’s day. He loved life and everyone loved him. The mood of a room was changed with his presence.
Kelby started his school career at Horse Creek School in Cartwright, N.D. He transferred to Alexander when he started 5th grade where he was currently enrolled as an 11th grader. He was involved in football and basketball for the Watford City Wolves in Watford City, N.D. He was an active member of the Badlands Brushpoppers 4-H club. He was involved in showing horses in his younger years and was currently raising his 6th steer project. Kelby was a dependable hand, helping neighbors with brandings and weaning. He started roping at brandings when he was very young, and roping became his passion. He looked forward to brandings every spring. In 8th grade, he participated in the ND Junior High Rodeo Association in team roping, chute dogging, break away roping, ribbon roping, and under protest, goat tying. He was the ND Junior High Rookie of the Year in 2009-10. In high school rodeo, he focused on team roping with his partner, Rory Irwin. Together, they had many accomplishments including qualifying for the Junior High National Rodeo Finals in chute dogging and team roping. They attended the High School National Rodeo Finals in 2012 in team roping. Kelby enjoyed roping in the WRTC where his heading skills were sought by many. He was thrilled to win a saddle in 2011. Kelby had the honor of qualifying for “Team Cinch” in 2012-13, by being a standout in the state of North Dakota in both academics and in the rodeo arena.
Kelby died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the family ranch, Squaw Gap, N.D., following a snowmobile accident near his home.
Kelby is survived by his parents, Kelly and Stacey; his brother Seth Indergard; grandparents, Dick and Marie McCarthy, of Kelliher, Minn., aunt, Georgia (Gary) Leland, of Havre, Mont.; aunt, Terri Rindahl of Sidney, Mont.; uncle, Stuart (Sigrid) Letcher, of Hatton, N.D.; aunt, Steph Rockensock, of Blackduck, Minn.; aunt, Brittani (Adam) Waldorf, of Bemidji, Minn. He was loved by cousins Laura Malisani, Judy O’Connell, Ernie Leland, Travis Rindahl, Christy Rindahl, Thea Letcher, Riley Rockensock, and Kaelan Rockensock.
Kelby was preceded in death by grandparents, George and Mary Lou Indergard, of Sidney, Mont.; grandfather, Rollin Letcher, of Buffalo Center, Iowa, and uncle, Gary Rindahl, of Sidney, Mont.