Emil Skurdal

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Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 9:58 am

Emil Skurdal, 93, a longtime Williston resident, passed away Thursday night, Feb. 28, 2013, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.

His Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Christopher Raiford will officiate. Interment in Riverview Cemetery with military rites will follow the funeral service.

In lieu of plants or flowers, Emil’s family prefers memorials be given to Trinity Christian School, 2419 9th Ave. W., Williston, ND, or the charity of one’s choice.

Today you are reading that Emil is deceased—don’t believe that. He is more alive now than he has ever been. Emil was born of the flesh in 1919 and of the Spirit in 1945.

That which is born of the flesh may die; that which is born of the Spirit shall live forever (John 3:6).

Surrounded by his family, Emil Reider Skurdal, 93, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.

He was born March 12, 1919, to Anton and Anna Skurdal in Esmond. In 1920, his family moved to Stony Creek Township, southeast of Williston, where they established Skurdal Farms. He graduated from Williston High School in 1938 and served in the United States Army as a cook during World War II. Following his discharge, he moved to California where he met the love of his life, Marjorie Anderson.

They were married Oct. 26, 1946, at Elim Evangelical Free Church in Svea Township. They returned to California for two years and then made their home in Williston.

Emil and Marge were blessed with eight daughters, one son, 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. 

Emil worked as a restaurateur both in California and Williston, establishing the Luzon and Bungalow Cafés, and was instrumental in the success of WeBe Pizza. In interim years, he enjoyed both underwriting insurance and truck driving.  He proudly served his community as a member of the Williston School Board, Upper Missouri Bible Camp board and as a Williams County Commissioner.

Emil was an active member of Our Redeemers Lutheran Church. Together he and Marge began both the now traditional meatball dinner and the Easter morning breakfast. They also enjoyed catering for many various events.

He is survived by his children, Pat (Lee) Johnson of Costa Mesa, Calif., Karen (Larry) Skaare, Debbie Birch, Susan (Boone) Herring of Williston, Corky (Rick) Fredricksen of Rock Springs, Wyo.; Barb Skurdal of Bismarck; Robert (Julie) Skurdal and Jen (Terry) Schell of Williston. Also surviving Emil are his grandchildren, Chris (Tia) Johnson, Josh (Teasha) Johnson, Heather (Joey) Osborne, Heidi (Andrew) Kanagy, Rebecca (Ricky) Waitman, Jamie (Chad) Lee, Lindsay Birch, Matthew Birch, Micah (Kelsy) Birch, Amber (Jeremy) Bertsch, Sommer (Dan) Bjerknes, Alecia (Nathan) Klatt, Chris (Melissa) Collings, Kassia (Ricco) Capozzoli, Kendra (Bryan) Behm, Kiah Erdmann, Cody Fredricksen, Anton and Beau Skurdal, Austin, Chloe and Madison Schell and 25 great-grandchildren. His surviving siblings are Gust Skurdal and Myrtle Bar of Williston, Carl (Arvella) Skurdal of Billings, Mont.; sister-in-law, Margarete Skurdal of Williston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Emil was preceded in death by his loving wife Marge; daughter Rebecca Ruth; parents; and siblings, Oscar and Palmer (infants), Sverre, Alvin, Lillian, Edvin, Ivar, Evelyn, Ruth and Benjamin.

Emil (Dad, Gramps, Grandpa-Great) was well-known around town for his love of gardening, his cooking, his “Green Machine” and his own rendition of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.”

His fun-loving spirit, quick wit, and compassionate heart will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched. We thank the Lord for blessing us with his life and commit him into His loving care.

Friends may call at Everson Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 5, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Wednesday.

Friends may visit www.eversonfh.com to share remembrances of Emil or share condolences with the family.

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