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.
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