Doug Abrahamson, 54, Minot, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, at Mountrail County Medical Center in Stanley, of natural causes. He was working with Gateway Builders Systems Inc. as a site foreman. They had just finished the Border States Electric building and were currently working on a Power Fuels building in the Stanley area.
Douglas Deegan Abrahamson was born Nov. 21, 1957, the son of Willie E. and Marjorie (Deegan) Abrahamson, in Minot. Doug was raised and educated in Minot. He was the youngest of seven children, three boys and four girls. Doug was a playful and inquisitive child who loved his upbringing in the family's northeast neighborhood home. His mother, Marjorie, passed away when Doug was only 17. This is when he first learned the importance of a caring family and close friends. He acquired the nickname "Indian Joe" growing up, affectionately assigned by his sister, Sandy, because of his ability to tan so quickly in the summer sun.
He attended Minot High School and graduated in 1976. He was especially interested in photography during his high school years. Doug then decided to seek additional education, attending the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton. Doug had a strong desire to continue his education in artisan trades, technology and history, whether it was in the classroom or on the job training. Learning new skill sets, applying them and mastering them were necessary elements in Doug's daily life quest.
Doug was an EMT with Lands Ambulance Service in Minot in his earlier years, which provided him with a firsthand experience of the importance of the organ and tissue donor programs. Doug's final act of kindness was to give the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
In 1985, Doug married Rochell Krukenberg of Minot, at First Lutheran Church, Minot. During their 17 years of marriage they had two boys, Dylan, 22, and Weston, 20. They chose to make their home in Minot, where the family enjoyed many activities together such as hockey, campouts, fishing, golf and sprint car races as the boys grew in age. He also shared a passion for following the NASCAR circuit. Doug was quick witted, loved hearing or telling a funny story and enjoyed teasing anyone who didn't have their guard up.
Doug completely enjoyed being involved with the day-to-day happenings of his two sons. He was a proud, loving father, a forgiving soul who could admit mistakes made, learn from it the best he could and then move on. He enjoyed fun times with his nieces, nephews and cousins who took pride in their ability to "get his goat" with the rally cry of "Mateau, Mateau, Mateau," referencing a past Stanley Cup Finals game seven between his favored New Jersey Devils and their nemesis, the New York Rangers.
Doug was a foodie kind of guy. He loved to prepare and share with friends and family. Many memories of chili cook-offs, Fear Factor spoon-fulls "tiger meat" crackers, prime rib, shrimp scampi, he was down for most anything. And if it was going to be a pizza night the only choice was Sammy's Pizza!
Doug had his own sense of time, attempting to fit as much into every minute as possible. The unintended result was being late, so much so and so often, that it became commonplace for family members to initiate a betting pool at family gatherings to predict the precise time of his late arrival. All agree he was a good sport about his predictable behavior, most often sharing a hearty laugh and genuine smile for the ribbing. Doug was proud to carry on the dreaded "Abrahamson Torture," which he first experienced personally from his older brother, Dan.
Doug looked forward to sporting events that involved his children and family members. Many came to count on his faithful presence and value his encouraging words. He was a dedicated New Jersey Devils fan and would be the first to let you know! Over the years, Doug loved collecting antiques. He especially appreciated the discovery process involved while researching the heritage of and potential uses of the item, whatever it may be. This newly acquired knowledge was eagerly shared in marvelous story form with those around him.
In recent years, Doug developed a close friendship with Trudy Humphreys, her children and grandchildren. They all truly appreciated his love and time shared together.
Doug's enthusiasm for skilled craftsmanship and woodworking created a long term association and productive career with Minot Sash and Door Co., where he further honed his carpentry and artisan woodworking skills throughout his 17-plus years of employment. He achieved the level of a master carpenter, specializing in cabinetry, furniture and finish carpentry for which many would come to sincerely appreciate his creative ability and attention to detail.
Doug was involved with numerous woodworking projects within the Minot area business community as well as residential. During the construction phase of the Minot Maysa Center, the need for custom cabinetry had been identified. Doug stepped up to help by generously donating materials, his time and design skills to create custom cabinetry in a variety of settings within the facility. He took great satisfaction in the completed projects and how their use was enjoyed by many.
He had attended First Lutheran Church, where he and Rochell were married, and his boys were baptized and confirmed. He was an active member of the Minot Hockey Boosters. He enjoyed offering his support for area sports activities and teams.
Doug was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie, and father, Willie; brother, Dan Abrahamson; paternal grandparents, Charles and Anna Abrahamson; and maternal grandparents, Arthur and Margeret Longie.
Surviving family includes: sons, Dylan Abrahamson, and Weston Abrahamson, both of Minot; brother, Rick Deegan, Paynesville, Minn.; sisters, Penny (Robert) Fenner, of Mexico, Diane Abrahamson, Minot, Sandra (Timothy) Brooks, Cedar, Minn., Darla Abrahamson, Minot; sister-in-law, Pam Abrahamson, Minot; nieces and nephews, Eric (Calla) Abrahamson, David (Stephanie) Abrahamson, Jeff Abrahamson, Kerry, Patrick, and Angie Deegan, Robbie and Kelly (Missy) Fenner, Lisa (Chris) Wicklund, Laurie Brooks; and numerous cousins and extended relatives. He also leaves behinds a host of loving friends and co-workers.
Funeral: Friday, July 20, 2012, at 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation: Today, July 19, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Prayer service: Today at 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
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