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Orville Bernhoft

Orville Theodore Bernhoft, 98, of Fargo, ND and formerly of Mountain, ND, passed away December 15, 2016 at Villa Marie Nursing Home in Fargo. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Orville was born April 27, 1918, at Akra, ND to Edward Larus and Sophie (Brynolfson) Bernhoft. He grew up in Hensel, ND, where he attended school and graduated. Orville joined the Civilian Conservation Corp and was station in San Pedro, California until he returned to ND to attend Aakers Business College. He ventured out to California again for employment at the Bernhoft Market in West Los Angeles and later worked for Northrup Aircraft.
Orville entered the United States Army in 1943 and was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Missouri.

On December 18, 1943, he married Gudbjorg Maria (Judy) Einarson of Mountain.

Orville departed for overseas duty in March of 1944 and fought in the central European, Ardennes, and Rhineland Campaigns with the 291st Infantry Regiment, 75th Division. The 75th Division spend 94 consecutive days in contact with the enemy. After the war, he served at Camp Biltmore in France with Special Service Troops that were being deployed back to the US. He returned home January 1946 and began farming near Mountain until his retirement in 1980. His community involvements included: member of Vikur Society and Pembina Hills Lutheran Church, serving as secretary and treasurer of those churches; member and past commander of the Bjornson-Sigfusson Post #227, Borg Home Board Director, Mountain and Edinburg School Boards, Pembina County Crop Improvement Assistant Director, Farm Bureau Director, and School Reorganization Board. He is a member of the Tongue River Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites and Kem Temple Shriners of Grand Forks. Orville received an agriculture award from NDSU for service to the agriculture industry. Orville was the youngest and last surviving of the 15 Bernhoft children.

Survivors include his wife, Judy, daughter Celeste (Lynn) Flanagan, West Fargo, ND; son, Wayne (Loretta) Bernhoft, Mountain, ND; four grandchildren: Christy Flanagan (Chuck) Stern, Maple Grove, MN; Carmen Flanagan (John) McShane, Eagan, MN; Ryan (Stacie) Bernhoft, Grand Forks, ND; Neil (Melanie) Bernhoft, Mountain, ND; nine great-grandchildren: Julia, Emily, and Molly Stern, Maple Grove, MN; Sophie and Drew McShane, Eagan, MN; Parker and Kate Bernhoft, Grand Forks, ND; and Madison and Connor Bernhoft, Mountain, ND.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Vikur Society, P.O. Box 145, Mountain, ND 58262.

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Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dad (Ralph DeMaine) so enjoyed Orville's visits, as did we whenever we were in town. Dad always told about how they could talk farming and the ice bars he would bring. Without a doubt he was on of the good ones! Jim and Sandra McQueen

Jim and Sandra McQueen Dec 20 2016 12:00 AM

Judy and Family, So sorry to read of Orville's passing. My father lived across the hall from Orville and Judy at Parkwood and enjoyed his visits with Orville. Always loved Orville's positive attitude and laugh. May God comfort you with many fond memories.

Paula Peplow Dec 19 2016 12:00 AM

Sending love and sympathy to all the Bernhéft family! I have always loved uncle Orville and aunt Judy so much and we sure had so many fun times of joy and laughter when we visited when I was growing up in Fargo. My dad Otto loved him dearly. I hope that Orville is enjoying a good cup of coffee and some venatarta with the family in heaven. (I'm sure they must serve it.) Love Ruth Irene Bernhoft Hansten and family

Ruth Hansten Dec 19 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. My dad(Ralph DeMaine) and Orville enjoyed visiting with each other so much at Parkwood. Orville was always so full of life. May you know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

Shirley Kuenzel Dec 19 2016 12:00 AM

Judy, Celeste, Wayne and family, I was so sorry to hear about Orville. He was such an awesome guy. It was always fun when he and Judy would stop at the farm to visit Grandma and Grandpa Husband. I know he will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ken Askew

Ken Askew Dec 18 2016 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to all Orville's family on his passing. We always enjoyed seeing Orville & Judy in Mountain when we would be home for a visit. They were always genuinely interested in what, and how,we all were doing, including how our boys were doing in H.S. athletics etc. I recall how Orville volunteered to help out coaching H.S. Basketball when I was playing as a freshman or sophomore. He inspired us as this was the first real coaching we had received. He will be missed.

Richard & Janyce Bjornson Dec 18 2016 12:00 AM


Duane and Kathy Dec 18 2016 12:00 AM

Its hard to believe that the last of the 15 Bernhoft children of Edward and Sophia are now gone. Great memories, condolences, Connie and Bob

Robert Peterson Dec 18 2016 12:00 AM

Our sincerest condolences to entire family. Our prayers are with you at this time. Jack & Michelle Braakman

Michelle Braakman Dec 18 2016 12:00 AM

Always liked visiting with Orville at Parkwood in GF. My sympathies to Judy and their family.

Peggy Johnson Dec 18 2016 12:00 AM

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