Merrel Kjosen, 88, of White Earth, North Dakota, died on Aug. 3, 2017, at the Mountrail Bethel Home in Stanley, North Dakota.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1929, in Velva, North Dakota, to Mable and Melvin Kjosen.
The family moved to White Earth, North Dakota, in 1944. Kjosen graduated from White Earth High School. He farmed with his father before going into the service in 1951, and after basic training he spent the remainder of his time in Germany until he was discharged in 1953.
He married Evelyn Bakken in September of 1963; the couple lived in Tioga, North Dakota. He worked for Charles Barton Trucking, and she worked as a teacher.
They later moved back to the family farm where they resided for more than 50 years. They retired from farming in 1998. The family says he was a lifelong member of the Tioga American Legion, and the couple were active church members in White Earth, North Dakota, and served on many local boards. The couple spent 32 enjoyable winters in Uvalde, where they made many friends. They were avid square dancers, and Kjosen was known to cook a good brisket.
Kjosen is survived by his wife, of Minot, North Dakota; one sister, Bernice Walter and husband, Jim, of Vancouver, Washington; three brothers, Don Kjosen and wife, Verlee, of Stanley, North Dakota, Rolan Kjosen and wife, LuAnn, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Dean Kjosen and wife, Marsha, of Mesquite, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of his life was held on Aug. 9, 2017, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in White Earth, North Dakota. Interment followed at United Cemetery in Tioga, North Dakota.
Springan Funeral Home, www.springanfuneralhome.com