Oscar Guttormson, 83, Berthold, died Sunday in a Minot hospital.
Oscar Leslie Guttormson was born April 23, 1930, near Ryder, to Steve and Tillie (Running) Guttormson, the second youngest of 13 children. He was raised near Ryder on the family farm, where he developed his great love of horses. He received his formal education in a country schoolhouse. After the completion of his education he continued to farm and ranch.
Oscar was baptized Jan. 1, 1955, as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Because of his deep love for his creator, he spent the rest of his life active in his faith and enjoyed discussing the Bible. Following his baptism he served as a full-time evangelizer in the Powers Lake area before being invited to become part of the Bethel family at the Witnesses' headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. There he was assigned to manage the shipping department.
He was joined in marriage to Margaret Moger on July 14, 1962, in Berthold. The Moger family farmstead located northeast of Berthold has been their home for the last 52 years. Oscar and Margie were blessed to raise three children on the farm, now a favorite summer destination of their grandchildren. Throughout his life, family and his faith have always been Oscar's priorities. The highlight of his life was his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to visit and was skilled at the art of "teasing" but also enjoyed nature and spending time in the garden.
Oscar worked as a rancher for many years in addition to raising registered quarter horses with cutting bloodlines. He was employed by Minot Sand and Gravel as a rock crusher and heavy equipment operator for many years and finished his working years as a commercial truck driver.
Surviving family includes: his loving wife of 52 years, Margie Guttormson, Berthold; children, ReNae (Gary) Vorgert, Williston, Jeff (Mandy) Guttormson, Woodbury, Minn., and Stacie (James) Cleveland, New Rockford; grandchildren, Haley and Evan Vorgert, Jade, Bryce and Lance Guttormson and Katie and Jacob Cleveland; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Oscar was preceded in death by his parents; 12 siblings, brothers, Henry, Leonard, Clarence and Lloyd Guttormson; and sisters, Evelyn Neshem, Alice Guttormson, Georgia Bonderenko, Ella Leifson, Regina Hansen, Stella Lembcke, Mildred Rice and his little sister, Pearl Karna.
Memorial service: Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Minot.
There will be a time for family and friends to sign a memorial register on Friday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).