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Hans Loraas, 85, of Lidgerwood, ND, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at St. Gerard’s Community of Care, Hankinson, ND. Funeral service was Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Hankinson, ND with Pastor Ken Adams officiating. Burial with military honors by the Lidgerwood American Legion Bullis Post #84 and the North Dakota National Guard was at United Cemetery, Hankinson. Visitation was Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Frank Family Funeral Home, Hankinson, ND. There was also visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Pallbearers were: Doug Biewer, Dylan Biewer, Davis Vig, Ross Vig, Alan Nelson, Jeff Nelson and James Vig. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Ahrens and all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Organist was Curt Brownlee with special music by Leslie Gully.
Hans Clifford Loraas, Jr. was born October 25, 1929 in Lidgerwood, ND the son of Hans and Margaret (Helmer) Loraas. Hans was raised and lived his entire live in Lidgerwood, ND. Hans served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1950 - 1955 where he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6). Upon returning from service with the US Army, Hans married Barbara Emde on May 28, 1955. They then moved to the Loraas farmstead south of Lidgerwood, where they farmed the family farm for many years. In 1970, while still farming, Hans started his own real estate and tax appraisal company, Mid-American Appraisal and Realty. In 1999 he retired from farming; he and Barb then moved into Lidgerwood by the Golf Course where Hans continued to operate Mid-American Real Estate. They lived in their house in Lidgerwood until Barbara entered the nursing home in 2004. Hans continued to live in the Lidgerwood house until 2007 when he moved into Dakota Estates. In 2013 he moved to St Gerard’s Community Nursing Home in Hankinson where he resided until his death. Hans and Barb were life-long members of United Church of Christ in Hankinson, ND.
Hans was a dedicated and life-long member of the American Legion Bullis Post 84 in Lidgerwood, serving in numerous Post elected positions. He was elected as Post 84 Commander for a couple of annual terms. He was a proud member of the Honor Guard for Post 84 where he honored many of his fellow Veterans as they went to “Post Everlasting.” He was also a member of the Lion’s Club for more than 20 years. He bowled, played golf, and he and Barb loved to travel and camp in their motor home.
Hans is survived by his four children: Debra Simdorn (Greg) Hanson, Ames, IA; Cynthia Loraas, Papillion, NE; Robert Loraas, Wahpeton, ND and Sandra Loraas, Casselton, ND; four granddaughters: Laura Simdorn (Joe) McComish, Plymouth, MN; Leslie Simdorn (Darin) Gully, Normal, IL; Mackenzie Loraas, Wahpeton, ND and Amber Loraas, Papillion, NE; four great-grandchildren: Ian and Emmett McComish (Plymouth, MN) and Ava and Savannah Gully, Normal, IL; two sisters: Audrey (Gene) Tinseth, Yuma, AZ and Lorraine Vig, Veblen, SD; sister-in-law: Carol Loraas, Williston, ND.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Hans and Margaret Loraas, wife: Barbara Loraas, brother: Alvin Loraas and brother-in-law: Roy Vig.
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Frank Family Funeral Home, Hankinson, ND, was in charge of the arrangements.
Edward M. Opsal, Jr.
Edward Martin Opsal, Jr. of Clinton, WA passed away on August 1, 2015 at 81 years of age. Edward was born in Sisseton, SD to Edward Martin Opsal, Sr. and Myrtle Opsal.
Edward was in the Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956. He worked in road construction in Kansas and Missouri and then moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID and worked in a co-op there. In 1964 he moved to southern California, where he worked and later owned a car wash construction repair business and sold car wash products until he retired in 1996.
In California, he met Shirley Green, who was born and raised in Sauk Centre, MN, and they married in October of 1967. To this union one daughter, Cheryl Lynn, was born. After Shirley retired they became snow birds between their two homes in Temple City, CA and Clinton, WA.
Edward was an avid hunter, making many trips to South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming and Canada.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Annette Egbert and Marylou Root; and brothers Paul Opsal, Allen Opsal and David Opsal.
He is survived by his wife Shirley Opsal; daughter Cheryl Lynn (Kurt) Hastings of Whidbey Island, WA; stepdaughter Debra Barthel of Carlsbad, CA; stepson Kevin Green of Temple City, CA; six grandchildren: Alexandra, Nicholas, Zachary, McKenna, Annika and Axel; brother Daniel (Linda) Opsal of Buffalo, MN; brother-in-law Ronald Root of Buffalo, MN; brother-in-law Jack Kortan of Sauk Centre, MN and many nephews and nieces.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.
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