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Ray Pladson

Ray Pladson, 79, of Fargo, ND and formerly of Hatton, ND passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 at Bethany on 42nd in Fargo. Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hatton Prairie Village Chapel in Hatton. A visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the nursing home.

Ray was born September 22, 1939, to Willie and Ida (Norgaard) Pladson of Hatton, ND where he attended rural grade school, Newburgh #6, and graduated from Hatton High School. He was baptized and confirmed in Goose River Lutheran Church rural Hatton.

He entered the U.S. army in 1958, received his basic and advanced training at Ft. Hood, Texas and was assigned to the 4th Armored Division in Ulm, Germany as an Armored Personnel Carrier Driver for the next 18 months. After his discharge from the Army in 1960, Ray attended North Dakota State University and received a Business Economics degree in 1965.

The next 10 years he worked for the Boeing Co. in Seattle, Washington as an airline analyst in the International Sales Division. Also during this time he worked approximately one year for Kerr Steamship Co. as an inland traffic coordinator for ocean going container ships.
He was married to Betty Gillaspie of Seattle, Washington from 1969 to 1973.

Ray returned to North Dakota in 1975 and began a 22 year career with Butler Machinery Company of Fargo, the Caterpillar dealer in North and South Dakota. He worked in several management positions and at the time of his retirement in 1998, he was the company Agricultural Marketing Manager.

He enjoyed international traveling and reading and researching history. He was a member of the Hatton American Legion Post 70 where he served as Post Historian and also belonged to the Kringen Lodge, Sons of Norway Club in Fargo.
In 2008, Ray received the “Excellence in Local History” Award from the State Historical Society for individuals or groups dedicated to local or regional history and serving as a role model in excellence.

He is survived by a sister, Ruby Brown of Sacramento, California; and two brothers, James and Russell (Jean) Pladson of Hatton, nine nieces and nephews: Pamela (Jeff) Brandon, Moorhead, MN, Vickie (Tom) Kirk, Sacramento, CA, Paulette (Loren) Amundson, Fargo, ND, Dennis Brown of Portland OR, Renae (Roger) Gjelstad of Stanley, ND Barbara (Mike) Grande, Fargo, ND, Rick (Lori) Pladson, Clyde (Dawn) Pladson of Hatton, ND and Lori (Corey) Kritzberger, Portland, ND, nieces –in-law Linda Erickson and Patricia Pladson of Hatton, ND, 26 grand nieces and nephews including his godson, Jacob Pladson and 34 great grand nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Grace Erickson and brother Edward Pladson, sisters-in-law Thelma Pladson and Joyce Pladson, brothers-in-law Ernest Erickson and Robert Brown, nephews Lyle Erickson and Harlan Pladson, grandnephew Donnie Hall and great grandniece, Ella Marie Amundson.

In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to Hospice of the Red River Valley.


Hatton Prairie Village Chapel
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    Hatton, North Dakota 58240

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Hatton Prairie Village Chapel
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  • 950 Dakota Ave
    Hatton, North Dakota 58240

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I am so sorry Paul and I won't be able to make it to Rays funeral. He was a very special person in my life working for Butler Machinery. I felt a special calling to call him on Monday to see how he was doing. So sad I didn't make the call earlier.

Gayle Johnaon Aug 15 2019 12:00 AM

Thinking of you all in the lose of Ray, you are in our thoughts and prays see you all when we get to Hatton again.

Kay and Jeff Peterson Aug 15 2019 12:00 AM

We were so very sorry to hear about Ray's passing. I worked with Ray for many years at Butler Machinery and he was always knowledgeable, dedicated, hard working and enjoyable to be around. He will certainly be missed by everyone that knew him.

Darryl Galt Aug 15 2019 12:00 AM

We where classmates in highschool-- I will mis RAY 1957 Sympathies to all the FAMILY

Elnor Thompson Aug 14 2019 12:00 AM

Dear family of Ray,My sympathy to all of you. I always enjoyed seeing Ray at our reunions, etc. God bless all of you!

Jeanette Krogstad Aug 14 2019 12:00 AM

Ray in his often quiet way was a force to be reckoned with. I got to know and love Ray on a Butler trip to Germany. He was such a knowledgeable and thoughtful tour guide. May angles surround you in your new existence!

Mary Helen Flanery Aug 13 2019 12:00 AM

Our sympathies to all of Ray's family and friends. He will be missed. Marie & Larry Hjelmstad

Marie & Larry Hjelmstad Aug 13 2019 12:00 AM