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Thomas A. Nord

Thomas A. Nord, 94, of Pembina, ND passed away Monday, October 31, 2016 at his home. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pembina Lutheran Church, Pembina, ND. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thomas Arvil Nord was born July 28, 1922 at St. Thomas, ND to Henry and Tora (Anderson) Nord. Prior to his military service he worked as a farm laborer and lumberjack. Tom served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre. After his discharge from the service he attended school in Fargo, ND as a heavy equipment mechanic. He worked as a service agent for Dakota Tractor.
He started his career in the aviation business in 1952 taking flying lessons in Grafton, ND. While in Grafton he was in the Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol. In 1955, he started his own flying business at the Pembina Airport, which he ran until his retirement in 2000.
His piloting awards include: North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame 1997, State Soaring Record 1966 - still stands today, The Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award 2016 given by FAA. Tom was a member of the EAA, Quiet Birdmen, Soaring Society of America, Pembina Airport Authority.
On May 2, 1942, Tom married Jean E. Littlejohn at Robin, MN. She passed away June 18, 2010.
He is survived by his son, Terry Nord, Pembina, ND; grandchildren: Julie Nord, Las Vegas, NV, Justine Nord, San Diego, CA, great-granddaughter, Tara (John) Emerson; great-great grandchildren: Evan, Preston, Audrey, Isla; sisters: Aggie Barr, Osceola, WI, Beverly (Arlin) Lofthus, Burlington, IA.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; brothers: Henry, Benjamin, Raymond, and Gene Nord; sisters: Mildred Burger and Betty Burger.

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I am so sorry for your loss. May the words in John 11:20-27 give you hope in the resurrection promise.

Antoinette Blake Nov 9 2016 12:00 AM

Heaven gained another angel today,as Uncle Tom traded in his earth bound wings for his heavenly wings. You will be missed by many. Terry & family, you have deepest sympathies. All my love & prayers to all of you.

LeAnn( Nord) Mastre Nov 4 2016 12:00 AM

Adam Nord Nov 4 2016 12:00 AM

I met Tom back in the early 1980's thru soaring. We shared the glider cockpit many times. He was a master of the sport and was a great instructor. On one occasion he was flying his glider "Blue 21" and I was flying another. It was one of those soaring days you dream about. We ran cloud streets for miles. Blue 21's white wings would shimmer like diamonds when the sun would hit them. When we couldn't fly we would sit and talk. You couldn't help but love the man. I am a better person for having known him. It was great to see him on his 90th. I will miss you. Godspeed my friend.

Craig Kulla Nov 3 2016 12:00 AM

I remember so many hours spent at the airport with Tom and Jean. Tom and my dad Wayne Bellamy were good friends, and it was always so much fun to visit them. Tom got my dad and I interested in gliding, and we had many happy hours in the air in the Bergy dual glider Tom had. Dad and Tom were both crop dusters, and used the landing strip on our farm as a base. All the flagmen came to our house to find out which field to go to next. I served punch at Terry and Mary Nord's wedding and Jean and Mary attended my wedding. So sorry to hear of his passing, he was a wonderful friend and always had a great smile on his face. Tom was a major part of my childhood, and I have many fond memories of him and his family.

Candi Bellamy Blandin Nov 3 2016 12:00 AM

Orlin Bergh Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear about this loss. Tom was a special man and he touched so many folks.

Phillip Johnston Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM

Tom once upon a time introduced me to the freedom of flight and I have been forever greatful. On my solo day, after doing several touch & Go's Tom stepped out of the plane on the runway, and when I asked "what's up?", he replied, " I'm not riding with you anymore." And off I went, on my first solo. Thanks Tom.

Duane Kargel Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM