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Gerald Strand

Gerald Elmer Strand, the son of Elmer and Gladys (Ness) Strand was born on December 24, 1937 in the rural Barton, North Dakota home of his parents.  He died at the age of 79 years on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home in Barton, North Dakota in the care of his family and hospice.

Gerald was the oldest son of five children and grew up on the family farm west of Barton.  He graduated Valedictorian from Barton High School in 1955.  After graduation, he enlisted in the Army National Guard, Co C – 164th Engineering Brigade and was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training.  In 1956, he started working at Citizens State Bank in Rugby and worked there as a cashier for a few years.  In 1960, he was united in marriage to Eva Schaan and the couple made their home in Barton.  In 1961, his Guard unit was activated during the Berlin Crisis and sent to Fort Riley, Kansas in support of the airlift over Berlin.  He was honorably discharged September 16, 1964.  After his return, he went farming with his Dad until the mid-1970’s when he started working at Merchants Bank in Rugby as a loan officer and some of his customers gave him the nickname “Uncle Gerald”.  He believed in helping people, was strong willed and believed in hard work and getting things done the correct way.  He loved car racing as a driver and spectator, hunting, fishing and his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Eva; 3 sons, Byron (Laura) of Roseau, Minnesota, Bruce (Ginger) and Brad, all of Rugby; 13 grandchildren; 2 great grandsons; one brother, Ron (Andrea) Strand of Fargo, three sisters, Jean (Ken) Benson of Arizona; Linda (Rex) Linton of Surrey and LaVonne (Bob) Headquist of Florida; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by a son, Brent; and his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with spring burial in the West Barton Cemetery, Barton.  Father Tom Graner, officiating.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday and will continue from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby.  There will be no reviewal in the church.

Rosary and vigil prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Posted Condolences:

Eva, Byron, Bruce, Brad and Families It is with heavy heart that I write to you our deepest sympathies!  Gerald was a great man in each of your lives.  I too enjoyed his company and wits when visiting, and will be ever grateful for the times we were able to spend with him and his entire Family...it was always the greatest of times!  I will be missing that pinochle player!
Dave and Sandy Sanderson

Kendra and family thinking of you during this difficult time.
Hoping you find comfort in your memories of happier moments
Kevin & Koreen Thompson

So sorry to hear of your loss. Love and prayers to all of you From Mavis and Gordon and family
Mavis Rasmussen

With Sincere Sympathy.
Wayne and Linda Feldner, Minot

Dear Eva and family,
My Deepest Sympathy for your loss. I have great memories of you both.


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