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Enoch Thorsgard

Enoch Thorsgard, 98, of Northwood, ND passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at his home in rural Northwood. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 2:00p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held Friday, December 18, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. with a 7:00p.m. prayer service at the church.

Enoch was born March 30, 1917 on a farm near Northwood, ND to Arne and Clara (Markve) Thorsgaard.

It has been written of Enoch that he "epitomizes the definition of a lifelong learner. He was always asking questions and challenging the status quo. Few people recognized the amount of philanthropic and charitable contributions that he distributed on a regular basis. His Christian faith and commitment have been the hallmark of his life and work."

Enoch was known for his cattle enterprise. He was one of the first cattlemen to bring Charolais cattle to the region. His motto of "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" is evidenced in the niche he found feeding cattle byproducts from local processors. The North Dakota State University Saddle and Sirloin Club selected him as the 79th Little International Agriculturist of the Year in 2005.

His passion for the Lord and for his state of North Dakota was demonstrated in his dedication to the North Dakota Heritage Center, his 12 years in the North Dakota House of Representatives, and his pioneering and promoting of the North Dakota Family Alliance. His latest endeavor was writing "Enoch's Saga Horsepower to Satellite in a Single Lifetime."

His love and generosity toward his family surpassed all his other efforts. His grandchildren and great grandchildren put it best. "He was an awesome man of God and has done so much for so many people around Northwood and around the world. He is leaving a legacy like no other." "My family and I have learned countless irreplaceable life lessons from him. Lessons on faith, family, life, love, and success. He was the prime example of a God fearing and faithful man. His life and legacy will be celebrated among his family and friends for generations to come. Hearing of his death I think of 2nd Timothy 4:7 ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.' He has done just that..."

Survivors include his wife, Madeline; Children: Carol (Harold) Luecke, Grady (Marilyn) Thorsgard, John (Dona) Thorsgard, Ruth (Robert) Draxton, and a son in law, Lonney Eastvold; 24 grandchildren and 11 spouses, 28 great grandchildren, and a sister in law, Doris Thorsgaard.

Enoch was preceded in death by a son, Luke and a daughter, Betty; Parents, Arne and Clara Thorsgaard; sister, Anna (Adolph) Kordahl; brothers: Harold, Arne, and Arthur Thorsgaard.


SERVICES
Visitation

Friday, December 18, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ebenezer Lutheran Church
220 South Dohney Street
Northwood, ND 58267

Prayer Service

Friday, December 18, 2015
7:00 PM

Ebenezer Lutheran Church
220 South Dohney Street
Northwood, ND 58267

Funeral Service

Saturday, December 19, 2015
2:00 PM

Ebenezer Lutheran Church
220 South Dohney Street
Northwood, ND 58267


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Guestbook

Madeline and Family, So sorry for your loss. Enoch was a very interesting man. A leader in many areas and he loved life. He will be missed by all who knew him. I did send a card on behalf of our family. Take Care

David T Walsvik Feb 24 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Madeline and family, May God bring comfort to you in your time of grieving. We are so blessed to have known Enoch. We respect so many things about him: his faith, his work ethic, his generosity, his unpretentiousness. He was truly a great man. - Ken & Jessica

The Olson Family Jan 4 2016 12:00 AM

What a heritage to pass down to his children, grandchildren, great grands, AND his church family! God bless and guide you everyone, Sincerely, Char Enger/ Les Nordgaard

Charlotte Enger: Les Nordgaard Dec 19 2015 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Donn,Doris,Courtney,Casey

Donn Hancock Family Dec 18 2015 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. please know I am praying for the family. God bless Naomi Lee Burkland

Naomi Lee Burkland Dec 18 2015 12:00 AM

I met Enoch In the late 1960s when I had returned to ND from military service and was on the LRC, the legislature's staff agency at that time. I benefited from his friendship and political support later when I was AG and Governor. He was a wonderful friend and human being. God rest his soul.

Allen Olson Dec 18 2015 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to my brother-in-law John Thorsgard, his siblings and especially his mother Madeline. Enoch was one in a million and will be very much missed around our community. What a very kind, generous and giving man he was. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your husband and father. Fisher family Nathan, Jill and Drake

Nathan, Jill & Drake Fisher Dec 18 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Thorsgard's I am so sorry for the loss of Enoch. May his legacy be never ending...He was an awesome figure in the community and state. He will be missed. I send to you my love and prayers to help you heal from his loss. Lori Fjeld Gustafson

Lorraine Gustafson Dec 18 2015 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to the Thorsgard family and the Northwood community.

Traci Hanson Dec 18 2015 12:00 AM

Ruth, my sincere condolences on your father passing. Will keep you in our prayers.

Robert Bowen Dec 18 2015 12:00 AM

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