Shelley Uran

Nov. 4, 1965-Nov. 13, 2020

Shelley Rae Locken, age

55, went to be at peace

with our Lord November

13, 2020.

Born November 4, 1965

in Stanley, ND to Lloyd

“Lyle” and Ramona (John-

son) Locken, joining older

sisters Paula, Lori and

Brenda. The fond

memories she had of

those early years included

the tight cozy quarters at

Grandma Pauline’s farm

home, with uncles Jim

and Daryl often her play-

mates; swinging on the

rope in the grand barn at

the Liffrig place; those

beautiful lilacs and the

big slough where the fam-

ily eventually settled on

the old Sand homestead;

and of course Hussas and

the Beldon Store, which

was always in close prox-

imity. Her not so fond

memory was being first

on and last off as first

Dad, then Mom were al-

ways the school bus


During her school years

Shelley was active in

gymnastics, basketball,

track and rodeo, partici-

pating in bull riding and

barrel racing. Shelley

quickly discovered her

true passion in gymnas-

tics at a young age.

Among her fondest child-

hood memories was Gregg

Amundsen bringing gym-

nastics to the New Town

School, and her parents

getting a trampoline on

which to hone her tum-

bling skills.

Shelley was united in

marriage to Daryl Uran

February 14, 1987 and the

young couple proceeded

to find their way, initially

in Lafayette, CO, then

Woodlake, CA and even-

tually back to God’s Coun-

try in Bismarck, ND, now

with young son Luke.

While in Bismarck, Shel-

ley discovered the

Bismarck Gymnastics

Academy and was soon

coaching, a lifelong pas-

sion she would carry on

to inspire countless peo-

ple. As that career flour-

ished, second son Caleb

was born.

In 1993 the young cou-

ple moved to Glendive,

MT and Shelley reluctant-ly gave up her dream job

coaching in a prospering

gymnastics program in

Bismarck. However, it

wasn’t long before she or-

ganized and started Glen-

dive Gymnastics for the

local children. She even

experienced the joy of

coaching and watching

her own son Caleb excel

in that sport. In late 2000

Shelley and Daryl reluc-

tantly made the decision

to leave a community they

had grown to love and

seize the opportunity to

move back to rural New

Town to farm and ranch.

With her husband work-

ing an off-farm job, Shel-

ley excelled at holding

down the farm enterprise

with amazing skills and

versatility. She was pas-

sionate about horses, pets,

family and the raising of

her young boys. She also

found time to involve her-

self in local gymnastics

programs, most recently

and until the time of her

death, Acro Stars Gym-

nastics in Ray, ND. She

cherished her grandchil-

dren and adored Sauly’s

stories as well as Claire’s


Shelley left a legacy as

daughter, sister, wife,

mother, grandmother,

coach, mentor and friend.

Her compassion, love and

beauty will be profoundly

missed. She had an un-

forgettable presence about

her, with an infectious

smile that lit up a room

and a laugh that resonat-

ed. Thanks to Jesus’ sacri-

fice on the cross and her

deep faith in his gospel,

her path to paradise was

paved. She no doubt pro-

claimed “what a ride” to

the loved ones she greeted

as she stepped through

the pearly gates, and

would love nothing more

than to hear you proclaim

your joy at her arrival.

Shelley is survived by:

her husband, Daryl; sons,

Luke and Caleb;

grandchildren, Claire and

Sauly; parents, Lyle and

Ramona Locken; sisters,

Paula (Brian) Horob, Lori

(Tim) Johnson and Brenda

(Craig) Fisketjon; uncles,

John, Norman, Paul

(Sharon), Jim (Sherry) and

Daryl (Pam) Locken;

aunts, June Dokken,

Sharon Wasicel, and Betty

(Rusty) Deserly; In-law

parents, Dale and Nina

Uran; sisters-in-law, Lin-

da (Robert) Trandum,

Patsy (Irvin) Andes, Ellen

Maier, and Carol (Wayne)

Johnson; brother-in-law,

Rodney Uran; numerous

and beloved cousins

nieces and nephews.

Shelley was preceded

in death by: her

grandparents, John and

Pauline Locken; cousins,

Dena Johnson, Kent Lock-

en and Mark Locken;

sister-in-law, Diana Uran;

brother-in-law, Bruce

Maier, nephews, Monte

Johnson and Scott Andes;

niece, Jodi Trandum.

A Private Family Fun-

eral Service for Shelley

will be held on Friday,

November 20, 2020 at the

Bethlehem Lutheran

Church in New Town,

ND. Pastor Schmidt will

officiate. Visitation open

to the public, will be held

Thursday, November 19,

2020 from 12:00 PM to

6:00 PM at the Springan

Stevenson Funeral Home

Chapel in Stanley, ND.

The public is welcomed

to attend Shelley’s Grave-

side Service on Friday,

November 20, 2020 at

2:00 PM at the Bethlehem

Cemetery in New Town,

ND. Springan Stevenson

Funeral Home of Stanley

is assisting the family.

Friends may sign the

on-line register and give

their condolences at



The Funeral Service &

Graveside Service will be

broadcast, please follow

the link on Shelley’s ser-

vice information on our

website www.springan


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