Morris Fimrite, 85, Minot, went to be with our Lord on May 15, 2013, at Trinity Homes in Minot.
Morris was born Jan. 10, 1928, a son of Andrew and Marie (Kristoffersen) Fimrite, in Highlanding, Minn. His early years were spent on the farm near Highlanding.
Morris was sibling to one brother and eight sisters. He attended elementary school until sixth grade when his father called him back to the farm to help with labor and chores. Morris joined the Army during the Korean conflict and served from June 13, 1951, to May 28, 1953, where he was a corporal and served as a forward observer, calling in munitions from ahead of the front line to locations on the enemy soldiers.
Morris married Wylma Sund of Goodridge, Minn., after getting out of the service and they had three children, Andy, Bradley and Ida. Morris and Wylma divorced while the children were still young but he was always a good father and provided Wylma and the kids anything he could. Wylma had another son, Timothy, nine years after Ida was born and Morris loved him as his own. It was said he may have been the apple of Morris's eye!
Morris worked in the iron ore mines in Hibbing, Minn., and then as a car salesman in Sacramento in the early '60s. He moved back to his home state to live in Chisholm, Minn., and became an electrician. His electrical work brought him to Minneapolis, and he then moved to Goodridge, Minn., where he lived for some years while working in North Dakota, Nebraska and Arizona. He then moved to North Dakota and settled in Underwood for quite a few years. There, he retired from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union.
Morris loved fishing, hunting, woodworking, gardening, cooking and telling stories. He sang in a barbershop quartet and danced as a young man with his eight sisters. He was always quick with a joke and had a very sly sense of humor. He liked to read Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour western novels and found interest of anything in nature. In his younger days he told stories of fighting in bars and then dusting each other off and buying a drink to end the argument. He was good with his hands and was a Golden Glove boxer in the service, never losing a fight. He owned a quarter section of land in Minnesota as a hobby farm. There he spent countless hours clearing trees, digging ditches, and draining the land to eventually make productive farm land.
Morris is survived by: his brother, Norman (Norma) Fimrite, Hibbing, Minn.; sisters, Mary Ann Erickson, Chisholm, Minn., Lorraine Bickel, of Anita, Iowa, Libby (Dale) Anderson, Duluth, Minn.; children, Andy (Darla) Fimrite, Burlington, Bradley (Shelley) Fimrite, Billings, Mont., Ida (Robert) Landers, of Everett, Wash., and Timothy (Kimberly) Knutson, Minot; grandchildren, Carrie Landers, Hollywood, Calif., Aftin (Josh) Boling, Minot, Brenna (Eric) Ohman, Mandan, Chris (Carrie) Fimrite, Billings, Kelly Fimrite, Billings, Allison Knutson, Minot, Tobi Knutson, Minot; great-grandchildren, Adelyn Boling, Minot, and Graham Boling, Minot.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; and his ex-wife, Wylma Allen, who lived in Minot.
Memorial service: Friday, June 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Homes Chapel, third floor of Trinity Nursing Home, 305-8th Ave. NE, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest book on Thursday, June 6, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, and Friday, one hour before the service, in the nursing home.
Graveside service: Friday, June 7, at 3 p.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Trinity Health Hospice Program or Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust (DAV).
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com)(Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot)