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Arthur Bilden

Arthur Bilden, 94, of Northwood, ND passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Northwood Deaconess Health Center where he had been a resident for the past three months. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Arthur Glenn Bilden, the oldest child of Arthur Oli Bilden and Gladys (Sherva) Bilden, was born July 13, 1924 at Northwood. He grew to manhood in Northwood and graduated from Northwood High School, class of 1942. He married Marjorie Heffelfinger on November 26, 1944 in Northwood. The couple began farming and raising their family and were lifelong residents of the Northwood community. Marjorie passed away May 27, 2012.

Art’s love of Northwood was evident in all the examples of community service he was involved in thru-out his life. He was president of the school board, acting postmaster for 18 months, elected to the ND House of Representatives, where he served three terms, church council member and Sunday School Superintendent, mayor from 1971 – 1990, served eight years on the Red River Regional Council, volunteer green’s keeper at the Northwood Golf Course for five years, a member of the Planning Council for two years and the Missouri Basin Agency for eight years.

He would say that none compared with his personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the family he loved so dearly. He was proud of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Left to mourn his passing are his sons: James (Shari), Gary (Janice), and Randy Bilden, all of Northwood; daughter, Loree (Keith) Prosser, Emerado, ND; grandchildren: Kristoffer (Nicole) Bilden, Ryan (Sara) Bilden, Amber (Chris) Howson, Lyndsay (Grant) Violanti, Justin Bilden, Kaia Hudson, Derek (Mary) Prosser, Blake (Anna) Prosser, and Kirk Prosser; great-grandchildren: Trista and Noah Bilden, Kade, Chloe and Oliva Bilden, Amara, Sawyer and Haven Howson, Kaylee Prosser, Eleanor and Lydia Prosser, and Shanoa Hudson; brothers: John (Verona) Bilden, Pharr, TX; David (Judy) Bilden, Superior, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters and their husbands: Lorraine and Bob Ramsey, Jeanne and Dave Knudtsen, infant granddaughter, Allison Marie Bilden and Kursten Kay Bilden (age 14).

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather, to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:8


Ebenezer Lutheran Church
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    Northwood, ND 58267

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  • 220 South Dohney Street
    Northwood, ND 58267

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Dear Randy and Bilden Family, My thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to all of you. Sincerely, Maurice J. Best (Co-Junior Class Adviser) C-G High School - 1978-1979

Maurice J. Best Dec 9 2018 12:00 AM

Bilden Family, Our sincere sympathies on your father's death. We know he was a very wonderful man. Susan and Chuck Ault

Chuck and Susan Ault Nov 11 2018 12:00 AM

My sympathy Gary and to your entire family.

LELAND JELINEK Nov 6 2018 12:00 AM

Condolences to you from Toby and his family. Dad always asked about your dad if anyone came to visit him from the Northwood area and always has so many stories about their group of guys from Northwood.

Toby Carlson Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM

Randy, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers! Eric and Ronda Klubben

Eric and Ronda Klubben Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM

My condolences to you. Arthur(Art) was such a nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Diane Rudrud Nielsen (Trageton) Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM