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Isel Vangerud

July 10, 1925 - February 28, 2021

Funeral Service - Thursday with visitation one hour prior (live streamed on the funeral home website)

March 04, 2021
- 11:00 AM with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM

Hope Lutheran Church - South Campus


Boulger Funeral Home

Isel Vangerud

July 10, 1925 - February 28, 2021


Livestreaming of the service can be found at the link below.


Isel Vangerud, age 95, of West Fargo, ND, went home to his Lord and Savior on February 28, 2021, at his home at Edgewood Vista in Fargo.

Isel Blaine Vangerud was born on July 10, 1925, in Fargo, to Ingvald and Betsy Vangerud. He graduated from Central High School in 1943. He entered the Marines and served honorably in WWII and was an Iwo Jima survivor.

He married Alice Moon on July 19, 1947. They farmed for many years in Minnesota. He was also a Moorhead mail carrier for many years. He was an incredible story teller and letter writer.
Isel was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Leon Vangerud; and his sisters – Bev Wolter and Mae Richards.

Isel is survived by the love of his life, Alice; his son, Brad (Lori) Vangerud; his daughter, Lori (Vern) Goble; his grandchildren – Brandon (Diane Berg) Goble, Ryan (Heather) Vangerud, Ashley Vangerud; and his great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his special sister-in-law, Martha Probst; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church – South Campus in Fargo with a gathering one hour prior. Everyone is welcome to attend this service – for those unable, the service will be livestreamed on the funeral home website. Luncheon to follow the service and a private interment will be at the Fargo National Cemetery near Harwood, N.D.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com


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17 responses to “Isel Vangerud”

  1. Carol and Tom Risdal says:

    Brad, Lori and family. Sympathy to all. Sorry for your loss.

  2. Tracy Briggs says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Isel’s passing. I remember both he and Leon on the Honor Flight trips. In fact, one of my favorite memories was watching Isel and another Iwo Jima survivor visting at the base of the Marine Corps Memorial on our trip. I’m blessed to have met him. Sympathies to your entire family.

  3. Kevin and Debby Schmidt says:

    Brad, Lori and family, sorry for your loss.
    Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  4. Dennis Erdle says:

    Sorry for your loss Brand and Lori, what an full and amazing life. Rest in Peace Isel

  5. Ken and Esther Rye says:

    Ken and I send our thoughts and prayers to you, Alice, Brad and Lori, Lori and Vern. We have known Isel for a few years now, but he was truly a good friend and could tell stories as well as writing several pages of letters with stories of their travels with added events. Our sympathy for your loss.

  6. Doug and Karleen Mjolsness says:

    Brad, Lori, and Vangerud Family- Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you! Doug and Karleen Mjolsness

  7. Debbie Woodward says:

    Lori, Brandon, and Diane, and of course family and friends, I’m so sorry for your great loss of this amazing man. Diane has always loved going to Fargo to care for Gtandpa Isel and Grandma Alice.
    Im praying for you all and I know Isel is singing with all the angels and Jesus in heaven. 💜

  8. Cindy Arneson says:

    Brad, Lori, families,
    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength and peace.

  9. Don and Rhoda Myrvik says:

    We will miss Isel a lot. He was a gentleman who looked after Alice very carefully. His personal warmth was expressed in a gentle, caring and astute manner. We knew him only through visits at church, but we always tried to sit directly ahead of them so we could exchanged greetings often. The Lord spoke to us through him and gave to us a model for life and for worship.

  10. Gerry and Lil Nybo says:

    God’s peace and blessings to all of Isel’s family and friends. He will be missed.

  11. Bev Jacobson says:

    Brad, Lori and Family,
    So sorry for your loss
    My Sympathy,
    Bev Bomstad Jacobson

  12. Ron and Kathleen Wigdahl says:

    So saddened to hear of Uncle Isel’s passing. In this time of sorrow and celebration of his life know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Love Todd & Elaine Bogardus and family says:

    Lori Goble We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your father. You are in our prayers

  14. Ernie and Donna Feland says:

    Alice, Brad, Lori and families. So sad for Isel’s passing. We were blessed to have Isel and Alice for neighbors. Our girls remember Isel’s teasing. He was a kind and gentle man. We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Lisa and Marcel says:

    Brad, Lori and Vangerud family,
    Lifting you up in thoughts and prayers as you celebrate the life and death to eternal glory of your dear Isel. Our condolences for your great loss.

  16. Diane Wolter says:

    I am so sorry we are not able to attend today’s service! I know Uncle Isel had a very full life, and I am certain you have many wonderful memories. I will always remember his excellent storytelling and dry wit! I have always been grateful that he and Alice were able to be with my mother just hours before she passed.

  17. Kathy Coyle says:

    Alice and family,
    I am thinking of you today with warm memories of your involvement at Grace Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes and your many visits to our church dinners and other special events after you moved to Fargo-Moorhead. God bless the memory of Isel and comfort all of you.
    With love,
    Kathy Coyle

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