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Neil Bjerke

Neil Bjerke, 78, of Fargo, ND and formerly of Hatton, ND passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Sanford Health Center in Fargo. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 1:00p.m at St. John Lutheran Church in Hatton. A visitation will be held Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00p.m at First Lutheran Church in Fargo.

Neil Ellsworth Dennis Bjerke was born October 7, 1937 at Hatton, ND to Oscar and Augustine (Beck) Bjerke. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Hatton. Neil attended Hatton High School and enlisted in the United States Navy at 17. Neil was on destroyers in the Navy: The Harvestion, Lansing and the Maddox. He served as a radioman, which he was very good at. As the years went by, Neil became an Electronic Technician in the Navy. He traveled all over. He would stop at numerous ports, doing repairs for ships and entertainment for the sailors, providing relief from the ocean. Neil was in Vietnam on the Maddock for 9 months. He was also on land duty, patrolling the rivers, which was also very dangerous. On February 4, 1961, Neil married Wanda Johnson in Crookston, MN.

Neil retired from the Navy in 1974, after 20 years of service. After the Navy, Neil worked many jobs. He was the caretaker of a cemetery in Moorhead, Concordia, which he enjoyed. He then went on to work at Elim Nursing Home and then to work at the Post Office.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda, Fargo, ND; sons: Roger Bjerke; Mark Bjerke; Brian (Kristyl) Bjerke, all of Fargo, ND; grandsons: Kierran and Brandon Bjerke.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Larry; sisters: Joann, Faye and Pam; and a baby brother.

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Eric Lorenz Oct 22 2015 12:00 AM

Wanda, I am so sorry to hear about Neil. It was so nice that I saw you two in Fargo a few years ago. Right now I am in Ky. visiting Jan Sandall, ruth Halvorson, Priscilla sethre and becky bilden. Hope to see you sometime. My love and sympathy to you and your family. Myrna

myrna skalsky Oct 21 2015 12:00 AM

wanda and family... Sorry to hear of Neil's passing... Prayers are sent to you !

Carrie Braaten Oct 21 2015 12:00 AM

Neil was one of the best co-workers a person could ever hope for. As a maintenance employee at the Fargo Post Office, Neil was loved by everyone. If he was on duty, you knew your day was going to be much easier and brighter. He would always go out of his way to help you, and never complained about anything. If a machine broke down, Neil would never hesitate to help, even if he on his lunch break. And he always had a joke and a smile!!! If you were feeling down, Neil would cheer you up instantly with his infectious laugh! He was always helping others. He volunteered to serve on the local Safety & Health Committee and worked hard to help his fellow workers. I feel honored to have known him. My thoughts are with his family. John Durham, Clerk Fargo Post Office

John Durham Oct 21 2015 12:00 AM

I worked with Neil at the Fargo P.O. He was my friend and I will miss him.

Stephen Roth Oct 21 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss Wanda and family, may Neil rest in peace

Susan Dahl Oct 20 2015 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Bjerke family. Rest in Peace Niel.

Elnor Thompson Oct 20 2015 12:00 AM

Neil was a kind and caring person would help anyone very sorry for your loss. we thaught it was so nice when you both came to my sons funeral take care Wanda thinking of you at this time

Sylvia Onerheim Oct 20 2015 12:00 AM

I worked with Neil at the PO and he was a jokester most of the time! Made our days go fast working with him! RIP Neil

kathy legvold Oct 20 2015 12:00 AM

A kind and generous soul gone too soon. I will always remember your smile face under a cap. Thank you for the stories, teaching me some Norwegian, and the pleasant conversation. I am honored to have known you. Rest in Peace! <3

Paula DeMinck Oct 20 2015 12:00 AM