Norman Mehlhoff

July 2, 1937-Jan. 15, 2021

Norman Mehlhoff, 83,

Bismarck, ND formerly of

Garrison, a beloved hus-

band, father, grandfather,

great-grandfather, passed

away, surrounded by his

loving family on Friday,

January 15, 2021.

Visitation will be held

at the Thompson Funeral

Home in Garrison on Fri-

day from 4 to 7. Funeral

services will be held Sa-

turday January 23rd at

11:00 am at Bethel Luth-

eran Church in Bismarck.

Viewing will start at 9:30

a.m. at the church.

A livestream of the ser-

vice will be available on

the church’s website:

bethelbismarck.com or at



Burial will be held at

the North Dakota Veterans

Cemetery in rural Man-

dan, ND.

Norman was born July

2, 1937 to Jacob and

Amelia (Bauch) in rural

Coleharbor. His family

later moved to Garrison

where he was raised and

educated. He graduated

from Garrison High

School in 1955. He was

very active in the FFA

during his high school

years. Norman always had

a love for music. He was a

first chair member of the

Garrison High School

Band and played baritone

for 5 years.

Norman joined the

International Union of

Operating Engineers Local

#49 in 1956. He worked

for various road construc-tion companies including

Northern Improvement &

Bechtold Excavating,

Peter Kiewit Sons Co.,

where he was foreman,

blade operator and did

finishing work on many

road projects.

During that time, he

played for and met

President Eisenhower

during the dedication of

the Garrison Dam.

Norman enlisted in the

Army National Guard in

1962 and served for 4


Norman and Laura Mill-

er met on a blind date and

shortly thereafter they

were married on October

19, 1963 in Hazen ND.

They lived in Garrison

until moving to Bismarck

in 2012. During their

marriage of 57 years, they

raised 3 beautiful

daughters. Debbie, Val

and Joy.

Norman and Laura

bought a farm outside of

Garrison. He loved farm-

ing and working the land.

This was an extension of

his meticulous landscap-

ing and an eye for detail

at their home in Garrison

which everyone admired.

His love for the beauty in

everything is a quality

that we will miss deeply.

Norman retired at the

young age of 55.

Norman loved to spend

time with his family,

especially hanging with

the sons-in-law! He was

always thinking about

how things could work

better and if things were

“square” was a term he

used a lot. He was always

interested in “what do ‘ya

know?” and continued to

educate us with stories of

the past. He was a one

and done kind of guy. If

he saw it once, he didn’t

need to go see it again or

do it again!

In his early years Nor-

man like to golf, bowl and

was a great pool player.

He also loved the Christ-

mas season. Holiday

music filled the house,

and the family tree and

lights were decorated to


He was a member of the

Hugh P. Minehan Ameri-

can Legion Post #49 of

Garrison and was a

member and elder of

Peace Lutheran Church in

Garrison where he taught

Sunday school for several

years. Currently a

member of Bethel Luth-

eran Church in Bismarck.

Norman passed away

from a short battle of

PCNS Lymphoma and an

almost year-long battle of

Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Norman is survived by:

his wife of 57 years Laura,

Bismarck; 3 daughters,

Debbie (Jon) Hansen of

Ryder; Val (Brandt) Bai-

ley, Bismarck; Joy (Troy)

Fast, Bismarck; 5

grandchildren, Erica

(Christopher) Brewer, Vel-

va; Bridget Klosterman,

Moorhead MN; Karley

(Allen) Porter, Makoti; Mi-

Kayla and Madisyn Fast,


great-grandchildren, Tris-

tan Brewer, Hope Brewer,

Ayden Klosterman, and

Kealey Klosterman;

sisters-in-law, Eleanor

Mehlhoff, Garrison, and

Arlene Mehlhoff, Minot.

He was preceded in

death by: parents Jacob

and Amelia, brothers Ed-

mund, Reuben, Roy (Dar-

lene), Arnold (Adeline),

Aleck (Esther), Curtis

(Lois & Bonnie) Sisters:

Alma (Sam) Eslinger,

Rena (Willie) Weishaar

and infant sister Kather-


Norman was the last

surviving family member

of 12 and now is reunited

with them in Heaven.

To sign the online regis-

ter, go to www.garrison