Egil Edgar Tangsrud

Egil Edgar (Ed)

Tangsrud of Minot, North

Dakota, formerly of

Williston, died October 6,

2016,in Minot, North

Dakota. His arrangements

are with Fulkerson

Stevenson Funeral Home

of Williston. Friends may

sign the on-line register

and give their con-

dolences at


Ed was born September

10, 1923, near McGregor,

Divide County, North

Dakota. He was the sixth

of seven children born to

Nicolai and Charlotte

Tangsrud, Norwegian im-

migrants. The family

homesteaded in

Stoneview Township.

Ed attended Merrifield

Consolidated School

through eighth grade,

where he learned English

as a second language, and

then worked with the

Civilian Conservation

Corp at the National

Wildlife Refuge in Medi-

cine Lake, Montana, dur-

ing the Great Depression

as a teenager. After the

death of his father when

Ed was seventeen, he

worked on the family

farm. He also bought a

farm of his own near

McGregor in 1949, which

was one of his proudest


He graduated from

Moler Barber College in

Fargo in 1951, and began

his career as a barber

throughout western North

Dakota and eastern Mon-

tana, eventually settling

in Williston. Ed walked to

and from work every day,

regardless of the weather.

He loved telling stories,

meeting people, working

hard, and being his own

boss. The profession was

a perfect fit for him, and

he wanted everyone to

know that he would do it

all over again.

On June 8, 1963, Ed

married Eula Vaughn

Forthun in Williston,

where they made their

home until 1997, before

retiring to Minot. Eula

Vaughn preceded him in

death on December 26,


Ed was a barber, a farm-

er, a gifted amateur photo-

grapher, a family histori-

an, a true autodidact, a

raconteur extraordinaire,

and a passionate out-

doorsman. He loved to

fish and hunt, and was a

contributing writer to Var-

mint Hunter magazine.

He was a lifelong member

of the Sons of Norway,

and enjoyed traveling to

Norway. But above all

else, he was a devoted

husband and father.

Edgar is survived by

his daughters, Sonya (Jim)

Dwyer of Garner, North

Carolina, and Rebecca

(Darren) Brown of Bur-

lington, North Dakota,

and a very special cousin,

John (Renee) Tangsrud of

McGregor, North Dakota.

He is also survived by his

grandchildren, Caitlin

(Josh) Rutherford, Kersten

Brown (Trey Pelton), and

Liam Dwyer, and a

great-granddaughter, Lili

Fitzpatrick. He is also sur-

vived by a brother, Robert

Raymond Tangsrud, Sr.,

and a sister-in-law, Edna

Forthun, along with

numerous nieces,

nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his wife,

Ed was preceded in death

by his parents, and his si-

blings: Astrid Nelson,

Amy Anderson, Norbert

Tangsrud, Elsie Anderson,

and Raymond Edgar


In keeping with his

wishes, no funeral ser-

vices will be held. A

private family service will

be held at a later date, and

his cremains will be in-

terred at Riverview

Cemetery in Williston

next to his wife. The fam-

ily requests no flowers,

and donations may be

made to Ed’s favorite

charity, Home on The

Range, in Sentinel Butte,

North Dakota, a thera-

peutic, working ranch for

boys and girls