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Gene Shjerve

Gene Duane Shjerve, 87, passed away Monday, February 1, 2021 at Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood. A private memorial service will be held Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Bilden-Askew Funeral Home in Northwood.

Gene was born June 18, 1933 on the Shjerve homestead in the Barton, ND area to John & Eva (Haverstraw) Shjerve.  Gene was the oldest of 9 children and served in the Army from 1953-55.  On September 7, 1958 Gene married Ida (Feickert) in Minot, ND and they had 3 sons together.

Gene drove the city bus in Minot and later in Grand Forks until he retired in 1999.  He loved telling stories or jokes and making people laugh.

Gene is survived by his wife Ida of Grand Forks, sons, John (Shoni) Shjerve of East Grand Forks, MN and Brent (Nicole) Shjerve of Grand Forks, ND. His sisters: Helen Lewis of Surrey, ND, Joyce Fettig of Minot, ND, Marilyn Bjerke of Rugby, ND and Linda Marion of Sacramento, CA; his brother Norman Shjerve of Mandan, ND; and grandchildren; Ian & Kayla Shjerve of East Grand Forks, MN and Carolina & Colebren Shjerve of Grand Forks, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son (Bryan), infant sister (Wanda), brothers Roger Shjerve and Dale Shjerve; sisters in law, Adeline Shjerve and Gloria Shjerve; brothers in law, Wellington (Sonny) Lewis, Clem Fettig, Robert Bjerke and Bernard Marion. 


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I remember riding around Minot with Uncle Gene driving the bus. It was like he was the Mayor. He knew so many people. I remember him taking pride in his lawn after mowing with the old manual push mower. This was down behind Robodyne. I remember family get togethers at Robbinsdale. Gene and Ida gracious hosts. The old family movies on the projector and a bowl of popcorn. Playing Yahtzee, going to the A&W drive-in afterwards. Of course, Gene knew where all the best Christmas lights were at in Minot from driving bus. Helping me build a log cabin with Lincoln Logs at Christmas.

These are a small sample of good memories with Uncle Gene. Rest in Peace my friend.

Irv Fettig Mar 13 2021 12:00 AM

Hi Ida, we wish you comfort as you grieve, a healing strength as you believe that life goes on beyond this shore and all of us will meet once more. May God hold you and the boys gently in his hands as you go through this time of loss. With caring and sympathy.

Linda Berger Inman Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM

Ida so sorry for your loss. Still think about those times when we went to the lake with your family; good memories.

Arlene Kramer Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry about Gene's passing. He was a special person. It was our privilege to know him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in a special way. With sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

Ray & Pat Corlew Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gene Shjerve

Tammy Vind Baker Feb 3 2021 12:00 AM