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Noren M. Meland, 91, of Northwood, ND died peacefully on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at his home in Northwood, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Community Bible Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.
He was born October 18,1929 in Pelican Rapids, MN to Nils and Marie Meland. His family moved to Bemidji and graduated from high school in 1947.
He attended Bemidji College and enlisted in the Air Force in 1948 and served 2 years. He was Honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant as a draftsman at Cape Canaveral Missile Base. In the fall of 1951, he moved to Northwood to help his dad in his business, Meland Lumber Company. He met the love of his life, Audrey Sheggerud, while in church choir and were wed August 30, 1952.
He continued his work in building the Meland Lumber company, expanding it to Larimore and Cooperstown with his brothers. He served as president of the ND Retail Lumber Dealers Association and was also the President of the Northwestern Lumber Association. He was recognized as the ND Retailer of the Year by the NDRLA. After turning Meland Lumber over to two of his sons, he went to work for Walrath Bean company. He served as Exec Sec of the North Central Bean Growers Association. He taught Sunday school for over 20 years and was Scout master with the Northwood Cub and Boy Scouts. His civic duties included city council, served on the Northwood Deaconess Hospital Board as a trustee and President. He was very active in the American Legion.
His primary enjoyments in life were his family, his lake home, and his AZ home. He was usually the life of the party,
wherever he was. He had a great time with his Northwood buddies, going on fishing trips to Northern MN, and Canada. However, his favorite times were to entertain his children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren. It was of utmost importance that his family know the Lord and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Audrey. Children: Dr. Brad (Beatriz), Scottsdale, AZ; Randy (Elaine), Northwood; Kathy (Ken) Tinquist, Fargo; Rick (Maureen), Northwood. 14 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren. Siblings: Rueben Meland and June Tangen.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Nils and Marie Meland, in laws, Canfield and Alma Sheggerud, brothers, Wesley and Don Meland, Sisters, Arline Kenney, Muriel Olson, and Verna McNeal. Great Grandson, Jamison Braun.
A nice video tribute to Uncle Noren, a life well lived, our thoughts and prayers for all of you.
With love, Terry and Susie
Susie Petsinger Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM
Beautiful tribute video. You are all blessed with close family ties and the time you have spent together has made memories and values that will live on in next generations. Noren lived life well. We will all miss you. Rest in peace, Uncle.
Kris Nesteby Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM
I was a oxygen delivery person for a short period of time, your dad treated me with great respect. Your mom sent me on my way more then once with lunch, Dried Beef....
John eken Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM
I'll always remember visiting with Noren when he'd bring the daily mail to the yard. What a true gentleman.
Iver Jacob Buchmann Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM
Rest In Peace Noren: A life well lived. Although I have been gone from Northwood most of my life, each time I would venture home running in to Noren and Audrey was always a blessing. It was as if I had never moved away. My condolences and love to Audrey and extended family. May all those loving memories comfort you now and always.
Cindy Thingelstad Abalayan Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM
An old video from a long time ago. Thanks to Mark Meland for putting this together!
Jeff Meland Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathies, to you and your family. Noren was one-of-a-kind, and will be missed, by all who knew him.
Janyne Vangsness Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM
my thoughts and prayers are with Audrey and the Meland family. we had many great times together.
dickalsop Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM
My best memories of Noren were from the lumber yard. I would sometimes stop in and help my dad or get supplies for my Dad for the house at Farm. My deepest sympathies, to you and your family.
DAVID T WALSVIK Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM
My husband Paul and I joined into the Tinquist/Meland family when our son, David (known to you all as "Simon") married Erin in September 2007. Noren greeted our family at the wedding as if we were long-last friends and wanted to know all about our living in the Northwest, specifically in Oregon. We discussed trees, lumber (of course), how close we were to the Pacific Ocean, the "huge" mountains we have out here, and how much his family liked our son, David.
We next saw Noren and Audrey at their lake house. When everyone was calling our son, "Simon" he pointedly came up to us and said, "That must really offend you to have your in-laws and their family all calling your son by his last name rather than his first. While you are here I will try to always called him by his given name, "David," but since we also have one of those, is "Dave" okay?" I have never forgotten that kindness and thoughtfulness since then and it's been 13 years.
In 2016 we brought Noren and Audrey stockings for Christmas when we ventured to Fargo to have an early Christmas with Ken, Kathy and family as we would all soon be watching David, Erin and kids leave for Haiti to work with MAF. Noren and Audrey opted to stay home that day due to weather concerns. We later got a phone call home in Oregon that started out with, "Good Grief! We have never seen so much stuff crammed into one stocking in our life!" We were thanked for the homemade items and the treats from the NW. A mini puzzle for Noren was included to keep his eyes sharp and his mind in super hyperdrive, for we knew he loved to work on puzzles.
Although our visits with Noren and Audrey have been few, in our own way we will miss hearing about Noren and his adventures. He was a gentle giant of a man who was known and loved by many. As we personally near our 50th wedding anniversary, we can only hope that we make it to the 'No.68" mark that Noren and Audrey shared.
Our condolences to Audrey, Ken, Kathy and the rest of the Tinquist and Meland families. We shall remember you in our prayers as you grieve in your great loss. We will remember Noren when we celebrate our social distancing mass services in Hillsboro, Oregon on-line.
P.S. We shall also be contacting the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon to plant a tree or two out here in Noren's honor. He was so interested in our NW trees, we think he should have a couple out here for look after from above.
Love to all,
Paul and Lynn Simon
in-laws to Erin Simon
Dad and Mom to David (Dave) T. Simon
Paul and Lynn Simon-Hillsboro, Oregon Dec 14 2020 12:00 AM