Arnold Jost

Aug. 28, 1928-March 18, 2020

Arnold Jost, 91, Bur-

lington, died on Wednes-

day March 18, 2020, in a

Minot hospital.

Arnold Elmer Jost was

born on August 28, 1928,

on the Jost farm and ranch

six miles northwest of

Grassy Butte, ND, to El-

mer and Barbara (Kowis)

Jost. He was raised on the

family farm and ranch

and educated at the

Rhodes Country School.

As a young adult he was

employed on a seismo-

graph crew for several

years and was a truck

driver for Maas Transport

of Williston. Arnold en-

listed in the Army Nation-al Guard on January 16,

1951 in Dickinson. He

was stationed at Camp

Rucker, AL, for basic

training and Camp Polk,

LA, and Fort Hood, TX,

where he served as an in-

structor teaching new re-

cruits how to handle and

shoot the M1 Rifle. He re-

ceived his honorable

discharge as a Corporal on

December 17, 1952.

Arnold married Patricia

O’Brien of the Belfield

and Grassy Butte areas of

North Dakota on August

22, 1953. They made their

first home on the Jost

Ranch. For the next ten

years Arnold and Patsy

lived in various places in-

cluding Grassy Butte,

Williston, Watford City,

Belfield and Bowbells.

They moved to Burlington

in 1964 where they esta-

blished and operated Jost

Cement Company hauling

bulk cement to redi-mix

plants. They sold the

company to their son Bri-

an in 1996. Also, they

started farming in the

Burlington area in the

1980s and continued until

their retirement in the fall

of 2010. They started trav-

eling south during the

winter months, starting in

the late 1970s and contin-ued to do that until 2019.

They owned winter

homes in Salome, AZ, and

Lake Havasu City, AZ. Pa-

tricia died on April 16,


Arnold was a member

of Peace Lutheran

Church, Burlington, and

Burlington Friendly Sen-

ior Citizens. His hobbies

and special interests in-

cluded travel to Arizona

and California, attending

bluegrass music festivals

and music jams. But most

of all he enjoyed time

spent with his children,

grandchildren and great-

grandchildren and attend

ing the sporting events

and activities of his great-


Arnold’s loving family

includes his children:

Curt Allen (Darla) Jost of

Burlington, Jacqueline

Sue (Gregg) Blikre of Gil-

lette WY, and Brian Dale

Jost (Kari Jo Sauer) of

Coleharbor; son-in-law:

Larry Huizenga of Minot;

grandchildren: Cari (Cory)

Olson, Daniel (Kristi) Jost,

Kelly (Lucas) Blikre-

Howell, Shawn Huizenga

(Katlyn Nogosek), Sara

Huizenga (Shayne Lunki),

Dustin Jost (Erika Landro),

Lacey Jost and Jay Jost;

great-grandchildren: Kayli

and Rylan Olson, Gunnar

and Halle Jost, Jack

Howell, Emmett Huizenga

and Hunter Jost; siblings:

Clarence (Roberta) Jost of

Hettinger, Gwen Sau-

vageau of Dickinson and

Elda Faye Solberg of

Phoenix; in-laws: Donna

Jost of Williston, Dixie

Jost of Everett WA, and

Birdie O’Brien of Billings

and numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Arnold was preceded in

death by his parents;

wife: Patricia; daughter:

Rhonda Huizenga; grand-

son: Marc Blikre; siblings:

Evelyn (Kenneth) Med-

lang, Wesley Jost, Leone

(Raymond) Carson, Blaine

Jost; in-laws: Jack (Laura)

O’Brien, Kathleen (Emil)

Sauvageau, Ruby O’Brien,

Lucille (Al) Schichel,

Joyce (Edward) Bollong,

Don (Rose) O’Brien and

Pat O’Brien.

Celebration of the Life

of Arnold Jost: Private

(due to the Coronavirus

Pandemic Restrictions) at

the Peace Lutheran

Church, Burlington. The

service can be viewed at


for two weeks starting on

Thursday, March 26,

2020, at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will be in the

Burlington Township


Memorials are pre-

ferred to Ward County

Historical Society Pioneer

Village in Burlington or

the Burlington Friendly

Senior Citizens and may

be mailed to 510 Colton

Ave., Burlington, ND


Memories and con-

dolences may be shared at