Lawrence Jessen

March 28, 1938-June 15, 2021

Lawrence L. Jessen, 83,

Kenmare, died June 15,

2021 at Minot Health and

Rehab, Manor Care Nurs-

ing Home, Minot, ND.

Lawrence “Larry” Lloyd

Jessen was born March

28, 1938, the son of Chris-

tian and Martha Jo (Neve)

Jessen at the Jessen farm

near Niobe, ND. He was

raised on the family farm,

and attended rural

schools near Niobe

through the eighth grade.

He began attending Ken-

mare High School, gra-

duating in 1956.

On June 14, 1959 Larry

was united in marriage to

his high school sweet-

heart, Arlene Anderson at

Nazareth Lutheran

Church in Kenmare, ND.

The couple made their

home in Kenmare for the

past 62 years, recently

moving to Rosen Place as-

sisted living in Stanley,


Larry’s ambition in life

was dedicated to his 45

years with the Farmers

Union Oil Co. Kenmare.

He started in 1956 and re-

tired in 2002 as a

Machinery salesman and

assistant manager of the

company. In addition, he

was passionate for farm-

ing, and would work

weekends or when time

allowed with his special

cousin and friend, Russell

Jessen. He continued to

farm until 2006. Larry

also started up Big

Springs Elk Ranch in 1995

with his family and the

Lyndon Nelson family un-

til selling in 2008.

Larry much enjoyed life

at Lake Sakakawea with

family and friends. He en-

joyed early morning and

all day fishing. He loved

his grandchildren and

was extremely proud of

them, through their ac-


Family that loves him

and will miss him in-


His wife of 62 years, Ar-

lene; son: Randy (Janet)

Jessen; daughter, Kristie

Harris; grandchildren,

Kyle (Sarah) Jessen, Ryan

Jessen, Macie (fiancÈe

Clay Nelson) Harris, and

Hunter Harris;

great-grandson, Ethyn S.

Jessen; brothers, Robert

(Susan) Jessen, Kenmare,

Ernie (Janet) Jessen,

Denver, CO, and William

(Rose) Jessen, Mesa, AZ;

and several nieces,

nephews and cousins also


Larry was preceded in

death by his parents.

Graveside Service:

Wednesday, June 23,

2021, at 11 am at

Lakeview Cemetery, Ken-

mare. Friends may sign a

guest register one hour

prior to the service at the


Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot