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Sanford Strand

Sanford H. Strand, 95, of Finley, North Dakota died Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at the Hatton Prairie Village in Hatton, North Dakota.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Finley Lutheran Church in Finley with burial in Finley Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday in the Hatton Prairie Village Chapel from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service and one hour prior to services in the church.

Sanford Hartvig Strand was born June 1, 1914 in Golden Lake Township, Steele County, North Dakota the son of Iver and Gunhild (Ramstad) Strand. He was raised there and attended country school. He worked at the Farmers Union Oil and later started Strand Trucking. On April 12, 1941 he was united in marriage to Florence Torgerson in Hatton. They made their home in Finley and he continued to operate Strand Trucking and in the early 1960's started Strand Ready Mix. In 1979 he sold the business to his sons and continued to operate the pay loader until he was 89. In 2004 he and Florence moved to the Hatton Prairie Village in Hatton.
He was a member of Finley Lutheran Church, Peterson-Olson American Legion Post #13, Finley Commercial Club, Finley Cemetery Board and Finley Fire Department. He also served as a director of Finley Farmers Union and in 1997 was given the Finley Community Service Award.
Sanford enjoyed the Minnesota Twins, trading cars and traveling to Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; sons, Rick (Marilyn) of Finley, North Dakota, Douglas (Kathy) of Cooperstown, North Dakota and Alan (Sonia) of Mayville, North Dakota; daughter, Sheila (Paul) Beaudry of Post Falls, Idaho; grandchildren, Kim (Mark) Percy, Laura (Dustin) Roberge, Nicole (Michael) Bangasser, Jennifer (Clayton) Dilly, Mark (Nicole Blasky) Strand, Steven (Kari) Strand, Matthew Strand, Patrick (Trish Carriere) Strand and Melissa Strand; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Dexter Percy, Taylor and Chase Roberge, Makenna Dilly and Mikko Strand. Nieces and Nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gerald; brothers, Ludwig, Melvin, Gunder, Ingvald, Gilman and Ludwig; and sisters, Ida Strand, Gelana Strand, Gina Wamstad, Julia Wilson and Lottie Brinkman.

The Bilden Funeral Home of Hatton is assisting the family with arrangements.

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We were sorry to hear about Sanford. He was a good friend and neighbor. It seems like yesterday that our kids (julie michael, and katie) were riding their trikes and bikes on the sidewalk up to Sanford's driveway (the turn around) and back home. They were often greeted or given a treat by Sanford and Florence. My dad, Charlie, talked often about Sanfords work ethic and I always admired his business skills. His conservative values served him well. Jo Ellen and I will always have fond memories of Sanford. I memorial has been sent to Red Willow Ministries in his memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Richard (Dickie to my Finley friends) and Jo Ellen Solberg

Richard and Jo Ellen Solberg Mar 6 2010 12:00 AM

God bless your family, and treasure your beautiful memories. My sympathy, Helen

Helen Wamstad Mar 4 2010 12:00 AM

Harold, Irene & Dan Rosendahl Mar 4 2010 12:00 AM

I miss my Grandpa so much already but I am comforted knowing that he is no longer suffering, he is at peace and he is being welcomed into the arms of our heavenly father. I love you Grandpa and I will never forget you!

Nicole Bangasser (Strand) Mar 4 2010 12:00 AM