Albert Oen

Feb. 18, 1929-July 9, 2017

Albert L. Oen, 88,

Surrey, died Sunday, July

9, 2017 in a Minot hospi-


Albert was born Febru-

ary 18, 1929, in Minot,

ND the son of Gilbert

(Martin) and Clara

(Gaardsmoe) Oen. He

grew up on the Oen fami-

ly farm located SW of

Minot and was educated

at Minot High School and

Minot State University.

Albert was united in

marriage to Doris Alger in

1950. This union was

blessed with two sons,

Mike and Kevin. They

made their home in

Denver, CO in the early

1950’s until returning to

the family farm. In addi-

tion to his role on the

farm, Albert was a truck

driver for Behms during

the winter months in the

1970’s. They later di-


He retired from farming

in 1979 but continued in

the truck driving industry

for the next thirteen years,

retiring in 1992 from


He met his sweetie,

Judy Brooks and moved to

Surrey in 1994. Although

retired, Albert tinkered for

countless hours in his

shop. He was a skilled

craftsman with an inven-

tive mind, who could

build or repair anything

he set his mind to. He

would often disassemble

something just to see how

it worked. His mechanic

skills were second to none

and the job wasn’t con-

sidered done until he was

satisfied with his work.

He built a wood lathe and

made many wood items

for all to enjoy. Some of

them even found their

way back to the lathe so

they could be perfected to

his standards.

Albert was a 56-year

member of the Eagles

Aerie in Minot, serving as

an officer for many years.

He enjoyed the relation-

ships and good memories

made during his time

with the group. He was a

50-year member of the

Minot Moose Lodge. Al-

bert was an active

member of the Studebaker

Car Club, the Magic City

Antique Car Club and was

a lifetime member of the

Dakota Cruisers Car Club,

all of Minot. He loved to

showcase his 1957

two-tone blue Studebaker

President, often claiming

it was the best looking

one out there and it sure

turned heads. Albert also

restored a 1948 CJ 2 Wil-

lys Jeep in addition to

countless others he

worked on over the years.

Albert always had a smile

on his face when people

admired his cars. He will

be deeply missed by all

who shared in his life.

God must have needed a

special person to do some

fixing and tinkering for

Him in Heaven-a special

thought shared by Collen

Kraft, a good friend and


Albert is survived by:

his partner, Judy Brooks,

Surrey, ND; son, Michael

(Echo) Oen; grandsons,

Shawn (Joan) Oen and

Kyle (Christina) Oen;

great-grandchildren, Sa-

vannha (Matt) Seiler, Con-

nor, Emma, and Erik Oen,

all of Minnesota; brothers,

Martin Oen of Texas; Art

(Arlene) Oen of Arizona

and Myron Oen of Alaska;

Judy’s children, Larry

Brooks and Sherry (Mar-

vin) Sanderson, both of

Minot and Shirley Boh-

lander of Washington and

numerous grandchildren

and great-grandchildren

along with many nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Albert was preceded in

death by: his parents, son,

Kevin Oen, sister-in-law,

Myrna Oen and his sidek-

ick, Duey, his dog.

Graveside Service:

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at

11:00 a.m. at Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot

with a fellowship to fol-

low at the Knights of

Columbus in Minot.

Visitation: Wednesday,

July 12, 2017, from 3:00

p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the

Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred

to the 2nd Story or to an

organization of the

donor’s choice.

Those wanting to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories and

condolences are invited to

use the expressions of

sympathy section at