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Melvin Strande

Melvin Strande, 91, of Northwood, ND passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Northwood Deaconess Health Center, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Swarstad Chapel of Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood. A visitation will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Bilden Funeral Home in Northwood.

Melvin Jacob Strande was born September 25, 1924 near Sharon, ND to Ivar and Thea (Struckness) Strande. He attended school in Northwood. On December 1, 1945, Melvin married Vivian Sorlien. He farmed and also worked as a carpenter with the Thingelstad brothers and the Ostlie brothers of Northwood. Melvin then joined the carpenters union and worked at the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the missle site at Nekoma, ND. Melvin and Vivian moved to Wyoming in 1973, where he continued with carpentry construction until retiring in 1986. Melvin enjoyed fishing, golfing, and wintering in Desert Hot Springs, CA for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian, Northwood, ND; children: Janet (Gary) Bratlie, Northwood; Jerry Strande, Devils Lake, ND; Mae (John) Schol, Visalia, CA; Michael (Leonida) Strande, Thompson, ND; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren; brother, Marvin (Delores) Strande, Hatton, ND; sister, Vivian Finnie, Grand Forks, ND; sisters-in-law: Lavera Strande, Grand Forks, ND and Ruth Berge, Northwood, ND. Melvin is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Nels and Iver and sister, Gerda Strande.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bilden Funeral Home
405 Washington Ave
Hatton, North Dakota 58240

Prayer Service

Wednesday, May 04, 2016
7:00 PM

Bilden Funeral Home
405 Washington Ave
Hatton, North Dakota 58240

Funeral Service

Thursday, May 05, 2016
1:00 PM

Swarstad Chapel
4 North Park Street
Northwood, ND 58267

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Thinking of you all. May your fondest memories strengthen your hearts during this time. Sending my prayers your way. Love 'n hugs, Cindy

Cindy Abalayan May 4 2016 12:00 AM

Gloria Alvarez May 3 2016 12:00 AM

Vivien and family. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Melvin. I have many fond memories of all of you from the Sorlien reunions and all the family gatherings. Hugs and prayers to you all. Tina Hoffman (Nordeen & Judy Sorlien's daughter)

Tina Hoffman May 2 2016 12:00 AM