DeWitt Calvin "Cal" Shattuck, 82, Bismarck, formerly of Velva, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in the Souris Valley Care Center, Velva, after a short and courageous battle with an aggressive cancer.
Cal was born Sept. 17, 1930, at Trinity Hospital, in Minot, to DeWitt Clinton and Ruth (Ward) Shattuck. He was raised on the family farm, which was homesteaded by his grandparents CB and Jessie Ward, south of Velva in Bjornson Township. His educational journey started at the Ward Country School through eighth grade and ended with his graduation with the class of 1948 from Velva High School.
Cal joined his father with the operation of the farm after high school. He was joined in holy marriage by Pastor EC Astrup, to Marian Aaseth on Oct. 21, 1951, at Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva.
They made their home on the family farm for the next 48 years. This home offered a place to make an honest living primarily through ranching with Hereford and later Black Angus cattle. Cal farmed to feed their livestock, which included horses. In 1958, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Farmer award from the Jaycees for his operation.
Cal was a past member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva, serving a term as the council president. He served on the boards of the Farmers Union Elevator and Velva Medical Center. Cal was a member of the McHenry County Crop Association, Minot Trapshooting Club and for more than 22 years was part of the re-enactment of the Company M, 7th Cavalry group. While in the Cavalry, he and his horses participated in the filming of "Dances With Wolves."
Cal and Marian retired and moved to Bismarck in 1999 and became members of Charity Lutheran Church there in 2001.
Cal enjoyed the outdoors. He spent many hours up in the hills riding horse, admiring the wildflowers, smelling the sage, listening to the meadowlarks and sitting on the high hill. He hunted deer until the age of 80 with great success. He made two trips to Colorado to hunt elk with his family. Together, they enjoyed traveling for many years during the winter months to various destinations in the United States.
His love of family was without measure enjoying every precious moment with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who shared in his life.
His loving family includes: wife of 61 years, Marian, Bismarck; children, Luci (Ted) Duchsherer, Minot, Lynn (Cindy) Shattuck, Velva, Katherine Shattuck, Boise, Idaho, and Lee (Lynette) Shattuck, Velva; grandchildren, Aaron Leier, Minot, Clark (Brie) Leier, Minot, Victoria (Brian) Marsh, Velva, Nicholas (Amanda) Shattuck, Watford City, Jasen (Kara Kae) Reiser, Turtle Lake, Kristine Reiser, Casablanca, Morocco, Courtney Shattuck, Clinton Shattuck, and Luke Shattuck (fiancee, Amber Hanson), all of Velva; great-grandchildren, Addyson Leier, Nathaniel Tohm, Devon Shorb, Alexandra and Leycadia Leier, Allara, Briley and Zayden Marsh, Jager Shattuck and Kylee, Jaden, Kassidy and Kadence Reiser; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cal was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Lois Larsen and Jessie Leier; nephew, Neil Larsen; and brother-in-law, Wilbert Seibel.
Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m., in Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, Minot, at a later date.
Visitation: Today, Nov. 30, from noon to 4 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Preferred to the American Cancer Society, Souris Valley Care Center, Velva, or to an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wanting to sign the memorial register or share condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).