Bjarne Rangvald "B.R." Stousland, age 94, of Fargo, N.D., formerly of Jamestown, N.D., went to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.
Bjarne was born in Osakis, Minn., on April 2, 1918, to the Rev. Endre and Karen Stousland. He spent his childhood years living in Herbert, Sask.; Elizabeth, N.J.; Oslo, Minn.; Grand Forks, N.D.; and graduated from high school in Barton, N.D., in 1936. He attended Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., graduating in 1940.
Bjarne then enlisted and served as a meteorologist with the 1558 Army Air Forces Base Unit in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged on May 26, 1946. He returned to North Dakota and started his high school teaching career at Willow City.
On July 10, 1949 Bjarne was married to Mildred "Midge" Semler. They moved to Garrison in 1957 and onto Jamestown in 1966, where he retired in 1983. Bjarne and Midge moved to Fargo in 2005.
Bjarne is survived by: Midge, his bride of 63 1/2 years, his daughter, Barb (Gary) Ransom, daughter-in-law, Penny Stousland, son, Mark (Ruthie), son, Brian (Lora), and daughter, Bettie (Tracey) Kensmoe; 12 grandchildren: Chad Ransom, Dawn (Erik) Herford, Kyle (fiancee Jess) Ransom, Cory Stousland, Erin (Jesse) Sword, Bethany (Ryan) Kadun, Lon Stousland, Mick Stousland, Marie Stousland, Tyler Stousland, Lisa Stousland, Keegan Kensmoe, and four great-grandchildren: Abi McCleary, Craig McCleary, Hannah Herford, Leighton Herford, foster great-grandchild, Benjamin; and his brother, Alf, who resides in Reno, Nev.
Bjarne was preceded in death by his mother, Karen, in 1962; his father, Endre, in 1967; sisters, Eldred, in 1989, and Emily, in 1998; and son, David, in 2007.
Visitation: Will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service following at 7 p.m. at Edgewood Vista Chapel, located at 4440-37th Ave S. in Fargo.
Funeral: 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at Hope Lutheran Church, 2900 N. Broadway, Fargo.
Burial: Will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: The Gideons International, c/o Memorial Bible Chairman, Box 1573, Jamestown, ND 58402 or (www.gideons.org).