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Elner C. Monson

Elner C. Monson, 83, of Hatton, North Dakota died Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in Monterey, Tennessee.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, April 27, 2009 at St. John Lutheran Church in Hatton with burial in St. John Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Bilden Funeral Home on Sunday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service and one hour prior to services in the church.

Elner Monson was born December 19, 1925 in Hatton, North Dakota the son of Martin and Mina (Offerdahl) Monson. He was raised there and graduated from Hatton High School in 1943. In 1943 he entered the U.S. army and was honorably discharged in 1945. He then entered Aakers Business College and after graduating worked in Devils Lake and Williston, North Dakota. On January 1, 1954 he was united in marriage to Luverne Wastvedt. They lived in Williston for 6 years during which time Elner worked for Reep Motor Company. He then attended teacher's college in Valley City where he received a Bachelors of Science degree. After teaching 6th grade for two years in Valley City they moved to Belcourt where he was a teacher, a guidance counselor and finally served as Elementary principal for sixteen years. After retiring as a principal they moved to Newburg in 1985 where he became superintendent of three school districts, Kramer, Maxbass, and Newburg retiring in 1991. After retiring they moved to their home on Lake Metigoshe. In 1997 they sold their home at Lake Metigoshe and moved back to their home town of Hatton where he and Luverne spent their summers and winters in Mesa, Arizona. Elner passed away while visiting his daughter and family in Baxter, Tennessee.

He is survived by his wife Luverne , three children, James of Fargo, North Dakota, Robert (Mary Kay) of Yuma, Arizona, Judy (Mark) Rodriquez of Baxter, Tennessee, four grandchildren, Deseree Rodriguez, Nicholas Rodriguez, Samantha Rodriguez of Baxter, Tennessee, Robert Jake Monson, of Yuma Arizona, brother, Millard Monson, sister-in-laws Lucienne, and Wynsel and many loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; two brothers, Kermit and Bert and sister-in-law, Clara.

The Bilden Funeral Home of Hatton is assisting the family with arrangements.

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I am truly sorry for your loss. Although I haven't seen "Mr. Monson" since Jimmy & I were in college I've always remembered what a kind, warm person he was. I think of you all every time I go to Lake Metigoshe and I will keep you all in my prayers.

Jodi (Loken) Schaan May 18 2009 12:00 AM

Susan Score May 16 2009 12:00 AM

Luverne, Judy, Robbie, James and families, I was so sad to see the news. He was a wonder person with a great heart. It was a pleasure to have known him. He truly made Newburg High School a pleasant place to go to school. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Renee Gust Escherich May 7 2009 12:00 AM

Judy and family, We were sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I remember working with him in Belcourt, ND. We will keep your family in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

Ken and Donna Stubbe Apr 25 2009 12:00 AM

Our condolences to Luverne, Jimmie, Robbie, Judy, and families. EC was not only a good friend, he was a respected educator, a gentleman, and one of the nicest most decent men we have known.

John & Fae Rintala Apr 25 2009 12:00 AM

We lost a neighbor and a good friend. We did not get to know him until we moved next door. He was a man that would listen and help if he was asked. He was a little hard of hearing, so he would not always answer , so we had to talk up close. We will miss him. I know God will Bless and keep him.

Ellsworth & Dianne Wold Apr 25 2009 12:00 AM

Laverne and family - so sorry to hear of the Elner's passing. I so enjoyed working with him in Newburg all those years. He had such a calming personality which made each day a pleasant experience. We are thinking of you and your family, Judy, Robbie and Jimmy, everyday. His family was so important to him and he was so proud. God Bless all of you at this time. Vicki Hall

Vicki Hall Apr 24 2009 12:00 AM

I was sorry to hear about Elner's death. He was one of a kind. So patient, understanding, appreciative, kind and I know that your family has suffered a great loss. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with him. Please accept my sympathy. Tammy Hall

Tammy Hall Apr 24 2009 12:00 AM

We'll always remember his humor and his smile.

debbie herrin Apr 24 2009 12:00 AM