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George Ugland

February 13, 1932 - January 03, 2016

Prayer Service - Wednesday

January 06, 2016
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Wednesday

January 06, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Mass - Thursday

January 07, 2016
- 10:30 AM

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

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George Ugland

February 13, 1932 - January 03, 2016


George A. Ugland, 83, Fargo passed away suddenly Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his home.

George Ugland was born on Feb. 13, 1932 to Julius and Helen Ugland on the homestead farm near Brentford, SD. He graduated from Brentford High School in 1951. George was employed by International Harvester for 8 mos. until enlisting in the army in 1952 and stationed in El Paso, TX. He married Donna Smith of Conde, SD on April 8, 1953. When discharged from the Army in 1954 he returned to work at International Harvester until Feb. 1959. He then accepted a position in sales with Gamble Robinson where he held that position in Aberdeen, SD, Jamestown, ND and Bismarck, ND. From the sales position he was promoted to a buyer in 1966 and transferred to Minot, ND and in 1979 became the mgr. of the Minot branch. In 1980 he was promoted to Division Mgr. of the ND and western MN region so moved to Fargo, ND. In 1985 he was promoted to V.P. Gen. Mgr. and was transferred to Eau Claire, WI. In 1990 he joined Reinhart Food Service working as the Regional Sales Mgr. until his retirement in 1997. After retiring George and Donna moved back to Fargo, ND in 1999 where he enjoyed driving cars for the local car dealerships, working part time for Pierce Printing and also Menards just to keep himself busy.

George has belonged to the Elks, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and Eagles. He also enjoyed singing in the choir at St. Ann & Joachim, being a member of the Minot Barbershop Chorus and also a Barbershop Quartet. His favorite hobbies were pheasant hunting, golf, cooking, and teasing his grand kids and great-grand kids.

George is survived by his wife Donna of 63 years, son Curt (Denise) of Bismarck, ND, daughters Cindy (Mike) Hubbard of Green Valley, AZ, Judy (Gary) Kubalak of Fargo, ND and Lisa (Mike) Davis of Santa Monica, CA, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Maurice (Darlys) of Surprise, AZ and sister Madeline Hoag of Milwaukee, WI.

George was preceded in death by his parents, sister Eileen Hoffman, and granddaughter Charity Kohlman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Charity Mae Foundation, C/O FM Area Foundation, 409 7th St. S, Fargo ND 58102 and/or Make-a-wish of North Dakota.

Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M.

Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 7, 2015 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.


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41 responses to “George Ugland”

  1. Alan K. Peterson says:

    Work with at Menards doing morning stock. I thought he was a great guy and fun to talk to. Will miss him!

  2. Barbara Keyes says:

    I worked as a Menards morning stocker for <3 years and enjoyed George's smile and presence. I witnessed his need to be busy and if there was a lack of things to stock, he'd go home where one can always find something to do. His family will miss him, but there is SO much to be celebrated about the life of George Ulgand. My condolances … and may his spirit be blessed with God's love, peace and joy.

  3. Julie & Brian Kaminski says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow. Many fun memories when family gatherings took place on the farm. Uncle George had an infectious laugh & smile that filled our hearts with love.
    Sending everyone heartfelt love, peace, and strength for God’s comfort during this time.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    God Bless & Love
    Julie, Brian Kaminski & family

  4. Stacey Locy Bush says:

    So sorry to hear about George’s passing. The Bush household is sending thoughts and prayers your way!

    Stacey Locy Bush

  5. Jack Boe says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband and father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jack and Vonnie Boe

  6. Laurie Schlachter says:

    I will forever remember Uncle George as a person with a jovial voice and he always seemed to be in high spirits. Sending healing prayers and wishing peace to you and your families.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Laurie and Keith Schlachter and Family

  7. Paul and Donna Hoag says:

    Uncle George had a personality that was bigger than life he could light up a room in seconds having a bad day in his presence was virtually impossible.
    When the long term.care of his sister Madeline, my mother became imminent his support and advice was irreplaceable. I will miss our phone conversations and emails.
    Paul and Donna Hoag.

  8. Jason & Tina Ugland says:

    Uncle George, you were a blessing in my life. I have the fondest memories of you every summer we visited the farm. I always would look forward to summer vacations and knowing that you, Donna and my wonderful cousins were going to be there as well. You will be missed greatly and when I need a pick me up, I will always think of you, your laugh and smile because it made me feel so good. Thank you! you will always be remembered and loved.

    Jason and Tina Ugland

  9. thomas bertsch says:

    my heartfelt condolences to the family. each year we had such a great time at the legion hunters partyhe will be missed, the hut will not be the same

  10. Shirley Smith says:

    That is a wonderfully inclusive obituary. He was just such a very good man, and I’m so proud that he was a part of our family. His love of life and his laughter will be missed.

  11. Judy Aus Franklin says:

    The Uglands were a 2nd family for me. George loved his family and wanted good and happiness for them. I was accepted and loved at many family dinners, camping, church. Years later while i live in Seattle he called and asked my husband and I to see if we could meet up with him. Of course!! He was truly a father figure for me. love and prayers for a celebration of a wonderful life!! Love ya Uglands 😘😘😘😘😘

  12. Becky (Miller) Opozda says:

    Donna, Curt, Cindy, Judy, Lisa and families,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your
    husband, dad, and grandpa. Please know you
    are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Becky, Donny, Ben and Sam Opozda

  13. Joe and Kristy Henjum says:

    What a great man George was. We loved him to come pheasant hunting.we always enjoyed our short time together. We are all saddened by the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  14. Pearl Guinn says:

    Sorry to hear will be in contact later

  15. Jayne Fuhrman says:

    I will always remember the fun times Ken and I had with George and Donna, playing golf, the game of golf, where George would say, “I hate this game: when he was losing and I love this game when he was winning,” The many outings with our Frolicker group and coffee at Sun Mart, Donna, maybe Ken and George are playing golf together again. Hugs and prayers to you, Donna until I see you in April.

  16. Dave and Tarryll Shomento, Minot, ND says:

    Donna, We were so saddened to hear of George’s passing. Marg and I had just had a chance to catch up about a month ago and we were reminiscing about our days at the Chamber and how much fun we had. You and George were an awesome couple and great example for me as a newlywed. I hope you can find comfort in your faith, memories, family and friends. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Skip & Pam Oberg says:

    We want to express our sincerest sympathy in the loss of George. He will be missed greatly. I always enjoyed hunting with George when I went with Curt to Conde, SD. He always took such good care of us in his wonderful meals he cooked for all of us. May God’s strength and love be with you all.

  18. Tina Smith says:

    Love and prayers of healing to Aunt Donna, Cindy, Judy, Lisa and Curt. God bless all of you. Xoxo
    Love: Tina

  19. Gerard Schwan says:

    I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy his breakfast foods with his family after Sunday morning mass, swing a few golf clubs with George, and harvest a few roosters while pheasant hunting in South Dakota. I will always remember that unique laughter of his and his consistent “well…..” as he gave his thoughts about any particular subject. A great family man who will be truly missed!

  20. Arlyce and Harris Widmer says:

    Our thought are with you and your family during this sad time.
    May wonderful memories be a comfort to you.
    With our Sympathy—– Arlyce and Harris Widmer

  21. Betty McDowell Koca says:

    So sorry for your loss. I got to speak with George at the Brentford Reunion in Aberdeen, So.Dak. This past summer. What a joy he was, such a wonderful, caring friendly man. I know he will be missed by many. Prayers and blessings to ALL his family.

  22. Vicki Fuglister says:

    My sincerest condolences go out to the entire Ugland family. I had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful man through his beautiful daughter Judy. I am so grateful to have met George and my heart goes out to his family and his wife Donna. May the sadness In your hearts soon be be replaced with loving memories.
    All my love,
    Vicki Fuglister

  23. Pamela (Bailey) Freeland says:

    I am so saddened to hear of George’s death. I have so many memories of our Minot neighbors and the fun we had. My dad had many “George” stories to tell! I will always remember his hearty laugh! My heart goes out to you, Donna, and to Cindy, Curt, Judy, and Lisa.

  24. Kate Byykkonen says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of George. I had the privilege of working with him at Menards, he was always busy and smiling. He will be missed by many.

  25. Stephanie LeDuc says:

    I have so many memories of my Grandpa George, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I can say that I loved him very, very much. My children were blessed to have him in their lives as a Great Grandfather for as long as they did. My Grandpa was a constant in my life. We agreed on absolutely nothing, but I respected and admired the man that he was. Grandpa, au love you do much. I keep seeing you in a chair at the end of my Hospital bed holding Penelope for the first time. It was pure joy and love. I am not sure I am at all ready for tomorrow. I have been avoiding coming home to face reality. I am sorry I didn’t see you more these past couple months. I hope you know all teasing and joking aside how much you meant to me. Good bye Grandpa. I love you.

  26. Ellen Williams says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories and all of the good times you shared. Celebrate George’s life. My thoughts are with you. Love, Ellen

  27. Jimmy and Carmon Stein, Eau Claire WI says:

    I had the privilege of working under the direction of George Ugland at both FSA and Reinhart Foods. George was an incredible boss who taught me so many valuable skills to enable me to succeed in the food service business, as a salesman. He had a wealth of knowledge regarding sales and was an fanominal people person, as well as being an absolute gentleman. George was a dear friend to me, as well as a father figure that I respected and looked up to over the years. Our sympathies and prayers go out to Donna and the family. With Love, Jimmy and Carmon Stein

  28. Deborah Schwan Hegney says:

    Dear Ugland family, Sending my heartfelt sympathy to all of you, with hugs and prayers. George was a dynamic person that people enjoyed being around; and I always thought George and Donna made such a wonderful couple. So saddened by the shocking news. Wish I could see you all again, someday. May many people surround you with love and comforts, as you reminisce many wonderful memories of his life. He lives on in each one of his family members lives. God bless you all. Debbi

  29. Bob Westlie says:

    To all the famly I am so sorry for your loss.I was a grocery buyer for Gamble Robinson in Williston as George was in Minot.Ray Schabe,George and I had monthly buyers meeting for years.George was responsible for getting me Transferd to Bismarck as a Branch manager in 1984 and helped and supported me to no end.What a great man he was! Will not be able to be at funeral but will be thinking and praying for your family.

  30. Gordon and Penny Atterton says:

    Our prayers are with you. Time spent with George and Donna have left us with the best memories! We had the best neighborhood that there ever was with everyone becoming friends and family. There were neighborhood barbecues in the summer, along with fishing and hunting. In the winter Saturday’s include dinner and dancing! Not to mention all the fun the men had including gathering all the thrown out Christmas trees that they stood up in the snow in a neighbors yard and made it look like a forest. A wonderful man is now singing in God’ choir.

  31. Gaylon and Gayle Goldin says:

    Sorry to hear about George. It was good seeing you at the School Reunion last summer.

  32. Dick and Mary Dupre says:

    Mary told me that Curt had called and said that George had died this morning. It was a shock and we are so
    sorry for all of you. We had a lot of fun together; BBQing, eating out,, Barbershop singing; discussing mutual
    problems within our marketing jobs, etc. Our thoughts and prayers will be with him and your family now. George was a real friend. May God hold all of you in his hands. Dick and Mary Dupre.

  33. Dick and Mary Dupre says:

    So sudden and we are so sorry. George was a real friend and we had so much fun together; BBQ’s, eating
    out, camping, Barbershop sing,etc. May God hold him and all of you in his hands. Dick and Mary Dupre

  34. Mike & Jennie Schwan says:

    My deepest condolences to the whole family. We are sure that he is in a great place and in great hands. God bless.

  35. MOPS of Atonement Lutheran says:

    Donna, we are thinking about you. We are making a donation to Make a Wish. Grace and peace to you now and always.


  36. Mary Knuth says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss . I have so many wonderful memories as a child with George . He was like a dad to me . You took me everywhere with you! May god bless you through such a difficult time and hold you tight. My prayers are with you all

    Mary Knuth

  37. Denny and Nancy Dupre - Helena, MT says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Nothing but fond memories and fun times with George and Donna. I was just perusing photos from Dad’s 80th birthday celebration in 2006. In one photo, my brothers and I are facing the camera and George, who has his back to the camera, has us all in stitches with whatever he’s saying. So typical. I thoroughly enjoyed the video. I had tears streaming down my cheeks, but a smile on my face. I’ll certainly miss him and his signature laugh. God’s blessing to you, Donna, and the family. You will be in my prayers.

  38. Mike Davis says:

    Dear George

    Thank you for being a great father-in-law. Your wonderful wife and family are a testament to a life well lived. Thank you for your daughter, I will miss you.


  39. McKenna says:

    It’s important to tell people you how much you love them while they can hear you, which is exactly what I was able to do this past week. This past week was the last time I saw my grandfather alive and i got to tell him how much I love him and give him a hug. This means a lot because I Iive in Santa Monica, California and get to she him once or twice a year. I will really miss my papa and he will forever be in my heart

  40. Jack Davis says:

    My dear grandpa was a very good man and I loved him very much. Grandpa would tease me and make me laugh. I will miss him.

    Love Jackie

  41. Billi says:

    On behalf of all of us here at Make-A-Wish North Dakota, we extend our thoughts to Judy and the other family members. So sorry for your loss.

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