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Lawrence M. Werven


Lawrence Mathern “Bump” Werven, 88, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at the

Pembina County Memorial Hospital in Cavalier on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 30th, 2019 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla, ND.   Visitation will be held Sunday, September 29th , 2019 at the Church from 3 to 5 p.m.  with a prayer service to follow at 5 pm.  Burial will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Walhalla.


Lawrence was born on March 12, 1931 to Marthin and Clothilda Werven on a farm near Rosa Lake in Pembina County.   He attended school in Svold.   Lawrence joined the National Guard prior to enlisting in the Army in 1950.  He fought in the Korean War as part of the 48th Field Artillery Battalion, attached to the 7th Infantry Division.   He was discharged in December 1953 with the rank of Sergeant.   Years later he traveled to Washington D.C. as part of the Veterans Honor Flight.  This was an emotional but pride filled trip as he and other veterans were thanked and honored for their Service.


On October 4, 1956 he married Anna Stremick at St. Boniface Catholic Church. They made their home in Walhalla where Lawrence worked many years as an auto and heavy equipment mechanic in Walhalla and surrounding areas.   In 1976 he began working for Pan America Airlines and moved his family to Oman where he worked as a supervisor at Seeb International Airport.   He is believed to be the first American to lead an equipment convoy across the Arabian Peninsula.


Lawrence was well known for his skills as a mechanic.  He restored trucks and tractors many of which appear each summer in area parades.  He enjoyed painting, listening to country music, and spending time with his family.  Lawrence was a member of VFW post 9367 and American Legion Post # 62.  He was also a member of Knights of Columbus council #4485


Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Maurice, Sister Mae Dahl, and infant brother David.  Lawrence is survived by his wife Anna of 63 years, his children Janice (Dan) Horgan of Walhalla, Joan (Pat) Chaput of Walhalla, Gerry (Beth) Werven of Rochester, MN and Jim (Julie) Werven of West Henrietta, NY;  brothers Donald Werven of Seattle, WA, Matt (Janet) Werven of Backoo, Gordon (Linda) Werven of Cavalier; sisters Evelyn Swift of Des Moines, WA, Luella Latozke of Cavalier, Janet (Glenn) Watson of Cavalier, Betty Hanson of Cavalier and Loraine Martinson of Crystal;  13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.



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I send my sincere sympathy to Jan & Danny, Joan & Pat, Shon, Angie, Janelle, and to all your family members. I hope you can find comfort during this trying time.

Ken Emmel Sep 30 2019 12:00 AM

Jim we are so very sorry for you and your familys loss! Sending thoughts and prayers your way! We love you! Tim, Deana, Jenna and Elena Walton.

Deana And Tim Sep 29 2019 12:00 AM

Dear family, we are truly saddened by your loss. It is surly not easy to let our loved ones go but we are assured that we will be together once again. Hang on to the memories until then . sincerely Bobby and LouAnn Johnson .

LOU ANN JOHNSON Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM

I send my sincere sympathy to Jan, Danny, Joan, Pat, Shon, Angie, Janelle, and to your entire family. I hope you can find comfort during this trying time.

Ken Emmel Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM

A RAY OF SUNSHINE was ordered on September 27, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM

Anna and Family:
I am sorry for your loss of Uncle Larry. He was a great man.

Dana (Stremick) Erickson Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM

Gerry and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Lon and Kristy Aune
UND CC 82 to 88

Lon Aune Sep 26 2019 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss! He was a great person & I enjoyed knowing him! I will pray for the family! Who Lawrence is watching over now! Prayers Allen

Allen Vandal Sep 26 2019 12:00 AM

A RAY OF SUNSHINE was ordered on September 26, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Sep 26 2019 12:00 AM

I remember one winter evening Bev made a delivery to your house and backed straight out, half of car ended in ditch with back wheel on right in air. Lawrence was there to help me hook up our pickup to car with a rope and then stopped traffic while I pulled her out. Was laughing but glad no damage done when we got her pulled out. Lawrence was a good guy and bev and I are sorry for your loss. We will pray for you all
Spence and Bev Clairmont

Spence Clairmont Sep 26 2019 12:00 AM

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