Ordean Momerak

Dec. 13, 1934-April 29, 2021

Ordean Momerak, 86,

Minot, died peacefully on

Thursday, April 29, 2021,

in his home with family at

his side.

Ordean Clayton Mom-

erak was born on De-

cember 13, 1934, in Park

River, ND, to Vilhelm and

Odelia (Dahl) Momerak.

He was raised in Park

River and graduated from

Walsh County Agricultur-al High School in 1954.

Ordean was once mar-

ried to Donna Matcha and

they were the parents of

seven children. He started

his career in Minneapolis

where he was employed

by the Sears Catalog

Department. In 1956 he

became employed by the

Walsh County Record in

the printing department.

Then, he was employed

by the Devils Lake Journal

for six months prior to ac-

cepting a position at the

Minot Daily News where

he retired after working

for over 35 years. He then

pursued his passion in

carpentry under the name

Big M.

In 1987 Ordean met and

married the love of his life

Darlene Rickertt Valgren

and they made their home

in Minot. Ordean retired

in 2001 and they contin-

ued to reside in Minot.

Ordean was a member

of Zion Lutheran Church,

where he was a member

of the church council and

served as an usher. Also,

he was a member of the

Eagles Aerie and Moose

Lodge, both in Minot. He

especially enjoyed travel-

ing, hunting, carpentry,

reading and gardening.

His most memorable sum-

mer trip was to Alaska,

where he halibut fished in

Cook Inlet with family

and then traveled to Eu-

rope where he explored

Germany, Paris France

and his dream of meeting

distant cousins on the

farm in Norway.

Ordean’s loving family

includes his wife of 33

years: Darlene; children:

Marlene (Ken) Aitchison

of Sheridan WY, Mark

(Lenette) Momerak of

Bismarck, Merrie Lou

Borud of Minot, Susan

(Stan) Haman of Kenai,

AK, Tim (Judy) Momerak

of Douglas WY, Phil

(Leann) Momerak of

Minot and Ken (Gail)

Momerak of Minot, step-

children: Cheryl (Chris)

Jensen of Colorado

Springs and Gordon Jr.

(Michelle) Valgren of

Minot; numerous grand-

children, step grandchil-

dren, great-grandchildren

and step

great-grandchildren; si-

blings: Leonard (Adele)

Momerak of Grafton and

Bernice (Ed) Pengilly of

Langdon, sister-in-law:

Judy Evensen of Fargo

and several nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Ordean was preceded

in death by his parents,

mother- and father-in-law:

Thelma and Earl Rickertt,

siblings: Harvey (Phyllis)

Momerak, Donna (Marvin)

Mertens, Wallace (Elda)

Momerak and Wilma

(Gordon) Gemmill, great-

granddaughter: Mercedes

Momerak, son-in-law:

Brad Borud and faithful

dog: Katie.

Celebration of the Life

of Ordean Momerak:

Thursday, May 6, 2021, at

1:00 p.m. in Zion Luth-

eran Church, Minot. Face

coverings are required,

and a livestream of the

service may be viewed by

using the link in the web-

site obituary.

Interment will be in

Sunset Memorial Gar-

dens, Minot.

Visitation: Wednesday

from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00

p.m. in Thomas Family

Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are pre-

ferred to the Zion Luth-

eran Church Building

Fund, Souris Valley An-

imal Shelter or the

donor’s choice.

Memories and con-

dolences may be shared at