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Elmer ‘Ole’ Bjertness

May 26, 1928-Oct. 15, 2012

October 18, 2012
Minot Daily News

Elmer Olaf Bjertness, 84, Minot, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at his residence.

Ole was born May 26, 1928, at Hatton, the son of Elmer and Anna (Haanestad) Bjertness. He attended schools at Hatton, where he graduated in 1946. Upon graduating, he entered into active duty service with the Marine Corps on June 4, 1946, and honorably served his country. Ole returned to Hatton, where he was employed in the grocery and meat business there.

Ole was united in marriage to Joan Bjerke on Dec. 9, 1955, at Hatton. They made their home in Montana, where he was employed at Safeway Stores in Forsyth and Sidney, Mont., for several years. They moved to Minot in 1963, where Ole was employed at the Minot Air Force Base with the civil service program until 1989, when he retired. Joan died July 3, 1988.

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Ole married Dorothy Pellett on Dec. 22, 1990. They continued to live in Minot, most recently at the Dakota Terrace apartments.

Ole was a longtime member of the Minot American Legion, where he was honored to participate in over 500 flag presentations as a part of the Legion's honor guard team. He was also a member of the Legion's 40/8 group. Ole was also a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Golden K Kiwanis Club and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association.

Ole's loving family includes: wife, Dorothy; children, Greg (Rhonda) Bjertness, Minot, Jody (Darrell) Kraft, Minot, Dana (Laurie) Bjertness, Minot, Bret Bjertness, of Arizona, and Tanya (Kent) Hanson, Marysville, Wash.; stepchildren, Sandra (Ken) Waterman, Rohnert Park, Calif., and Brenda Miller, of Hamilton, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Donald (Bernice) Bjertness, Billings, Mont., and Robert Bjertness, Hatton; and several nieces and nephews.

Ole was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan; and a brother, Benjamin.

Funeral service: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 10 a.m. in St Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Today, Oct. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants, the family prefers memorials be designated to St. Mark's Lutheran Church Building Fund or the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (

(Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot)



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