Willard Lasher, age 95 of Bottineau, died Monday in a Bottineau hospital
Folks, Willard Lasher’s mother was Melvina Thompson. On his mothers side Willard was a first cousin to Robert Pritchard, Corbin Pritchard, Winifred Eurich Pritchard, Ella (Eldon) Thompson Pladson & Esther (Edmar) Thompson Tangen.
I will be posting Willard’s obituary when it is available in the next day or so.
Following my HS days when I worked at and lived at the Dave Clark Farm from June 1965 until I went west in October 1966, Willard Lasher became a very special friend of mine. Willard worked at Soland’s Standard Station in Bottineau. On my off time at Clark’s, I used to hang around the Standard station a lot. I used to see and visit with a lot of folks that passed thru the station. When things were busy, I’d help pump gas etc. I enjoyed the Camaraderie. It was my recreation. Willard was always working when I was there. We became close friends. Willard was a good mechanic too. He fixed a lot of folks car problems. Willard was known for taking his time and doing a good job. Dwight Olson was working there at the time too. Virgil Soland was the owner. Ron Bergman’s store has been on that corner for many years now.
I express my condolences to Ruby and her family with the passing of Willard. Gary

Steven Knudson, Grandson of Bev Handeland Hamnes (48), passed away:

Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Steven Knudson
(November 23, 1982 – November 28, 2010)



Steven Knudson, age 28 of Bottineau, died Sunday at his home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. at the United Parish. Burial will be in the ND Veterans Cemetery in Mandan on Thursday. Visitation will be Tuesday beginning at 10:00 until 9:00 P.M. and Wednesday 9:00 A.M. until noon in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Steven B. Knudson, a son of Brad Knudson and Karen (Light) Knudson, on November 23, 1982 at Bottineau. He was reared and attended school in Bottineau for a time. Steve then moved with his mother to Surrey. He returned to Bottineau in 1996 where he graduated from Bottineau High school in 2002. On July 3, 2002 he entered the US Army, where he served for a time in Iraq. He was honorably discharged on February 12, 2010. Steve returned to Bottineau and has resided here since.

He enjoyed snowboarding, traveling to many resorts on the East coast and in the Mid-west. Steve also was a hunter, played guitar, enjoyed listening to music, traveling and skiing.

Steve passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at his home in the Turtle Mountains.

He is survived by his parents, Brad and Margo Knudson and Karen Knudson both of Bottineau; a brother Justin (Shelley) Knudson of Bottineau; sisters Miranda (Aaron) Schuler and Carla Knudson (Jordan Smith) both of Minot; step-sister, Kori Haugen step-brothers, Cory Haugen of Fargo, Isaac Haugen of San Francisco, CA and Ben Haugen of Bottineau; grandparents, Allen and Susan Knudson and Mel and Bev Hamnes both of Bottineau.

Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Carol Light.

Steve’s family has our condolences with his passing. Bev, we know he was a special grandson too. Gary

Steven Knudson’s paternal Great-Grandparents were Jennie & Clarence Handeland
Posting by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Jennie and Clarence Handeland of the Kelvin Community, north of
Dunseith were paternal great-grandparents of Steven Knudson. Their
daughter Steven’s grandmother is Bev (Handeland) Hamnes.

Harlan & Sharlotte Nordquist
Reply/Pictures from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,

Colette Hosmer asked me to post some pictures of her high school friends, Harlan and Sharlotte Nordquist. I found just a couple for now. Harlan was in the Marines and was stationed on Okinawa in the early ’60s. This picture was taken there while he was in his battle gear. The only readily available picture I have of Sharlotte is her graduation picture. She graduated from high school at Hatton, ND where my uncle Cliff was the superintendent of schools. I may find more pictures as time allows. Thanks Gary!


Art Rude’s new book is on Amazon.com

From Art Rude (71): artrude@hotmail.com Bismarck, ND


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