Palmer Oliver Langerud, 90, a longtime resident of Williston and most recently of Fargo, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Elim Care Center in Fargo.

Palmer was born Sept. 15, 1922, in Rock Lake to Thormod and Beathe Langerud. He attended country schools and schools in Calvin and Sarles. He married Ila Petsinger on Oct. 27, 1948.

They were blessed with over 64 years of marriage together.

Palmer and Ila moved to Williston during the oil boom in 1953. He worked as a shop foreman and a diesel and auto mechanic for the Williams County Highway Department for 34 years.

He retired in 1987 after a long and successful career.

Palmer was a longtime member of Faith United Methodist Church in Williston.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting and was a longtime member of the Good Sam RV Club, which he and Ila enjoyed and cherished very much during their retirement years.  He also enjoyed woodworking and metal work. He would see no need to buy something when, to him, you could simply make it yourself. Palmer also had a reputation for being able to fix almost anything that was broken.

Palmer and Ila lived in Williston until 2012 when they moved to Fargo.

Palmer is survived by his wife, Ila, Fargo; son, Dennis (Phyllis) Langerud, Chula Vista, Calif.; daughter, Sharon (Melvin) Nitschke and their children Andrew and  Justin Nitschke, all of Fargo; son, Larry (Barbara) Langerud, Williston, and their children, Cass (Mike) Lund, and their son, Jordan Lund, West Fargo; Corey (Jayme Johnson) Langerud, Grand Forks; sister, Evelyn McConnell, Langdon; sister-in-law, Fern Langerud, Grand Forks; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Clara, Alice and Ellen; six brothers, Hjalmar, Bennett, Leroy, Alvin, Gordon and Alton; an infant grandson; and an infant great granddaughter, Alexis Lund.

Funeral Service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.

Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Williston.

Please feel free to visit Palmer’s tribute page at