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John B. Ferguson

June 12, 1938 - April 03, 2021

Public Memorial Service - Friday (livestreamed on the funeral home website)

April 09, 2021
- 7:00 P.M. with visitation one hour prior

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

John B. Ferguson

June 12, 1938 - April 03, 2021


John B. Ferguson passed away on April 3rd, 2021, in his home under the care of his family and hospice.
Born June 12th, 1938, in his parent’s home in Brampton, ND. At the age of 5, John and his family moved to Cogswell, ND. He graduated from Cogswell High School in 1957. But not before meeting his high school sweetheart from Forman, ND, Betty Flesness.
John enlisted in the Air Force in October 1957, where he was stationed in San Antonio, Texas. When home on leave in September of 1959, he married his high school love.
They returned in 1961 to make Fargo their family’s home. John made his living in the retail grocery industry in Fargo and Casselton, ND, and Breckinridge, MN. He also served with the North Dakota Air National Guard 119th Fighter Group from 1970-1976.
But at heart John was an artisan in woodcarving, glass etching, and picturing framing. He was also a master at lending any friend a hand with plumbing, construction or electrical work.
John loved the outdoors including hunting, fishing, camping and biking with his wife. They also spent many seasons cheering on the North Dakota State Bison football and basketball teams.
John and Betty were active members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fargo from 1963 to the present.
Above all, Big John loved his family especially his grandkids. They will all miss him immensely especially his great, big bear hugs.
John is survived by his wife, Betty, of 61 years. Three children: sons Mark (Beth) Ferguson of Fargo, ND, Mike (Kari) Ferguson of Hillsboro, ND, and daughter Melony Olson of Overland Park, KS. Eight grandchildren: Brittani Lacko, Kasey and Ryan Ferguson, Lindsey and Jake (Brittany Butler) Ferguson and Abigail, Michaela, and Christian Olson.
Also survived by siblings Barbara Seelhammer of Fergus Falls, MN, Sharon (Ray) Johnson of Britton, SD, Peggy (Norman) Payne of Goleta, CA, Doug (Judy) Ferguson of Fort Benton, MT, David (Nancy) Ferguson of Frazee, MN and Susan Drammeh of Lincoln, NE.
Preceded in death by his parents William and Pauline Ferguson, brother Charles (Dorothy) Ferguson, brother-in-law Wayne Seelhammer, and niece Jill Johnson.


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38 responses to “John B. Ferguson”

  1. Kourtney Cox says:

    So sorry for your loss of your father Melanie. Praying for your family for peace and comfort through this time. When we can hug in person, you deserve a big hug when I see you for a Life 88.5 event. Love you Melanie, you are so strong.

  2. Andy Garcia-Ruse says:

    Lifting up your family in my prayers. May the Lord bless you and comfort you. ❤️

  3. Kirsten Rusbarsky says:

    Melony, Your family is in my prayers and thoughts during this time of sorrow and loss. May you continue to find comfort in the loving arms of Jesus.

  4. Cheryl Osborne says:

    Oh, know how my heart hurts for my favorite morning gal on 88.5. Rest in knowing your daddy is with Jesus and just imagine the welcome he received! Time will heal the pain of your loss and time will also be your friend as you are able to recall all the good times you had with your dad. How beautiful that your earthly dad is now with your heavenly dad! Sending love & prayers –

  5. Kathy Sueker and Family says:

    I’m so sorry Ferguson Family. May uncle John Rest In Peace and may you find comfort in the wonderful memories of a great husband and father.

  6. John & Betty Seelhammer says:

    Our memories of John and the Ferguson family date back to the 1940’s and we treasure those memories.

    Our thoughts and prayers to Betty, children and the Ferguson family.

  7. Pamela Flesness says:

    Hugs and condolences for the loss of Uncle John. I will always remember him and the cousins when we’d all get together. We were blessed to have him in our family and lives.

  8. Devin & LouAnn Lusso says:

    Our condolences to you and your family.

  9. LouAnn Lusso says:

    Our condolences to you and your family!

  10. Caryn & Jeremy Sweat says:

    Melony and Family, We am so sorry for your loss. Praying peace and comfort for you now and in the months and years to come.

  11. Hannah E. Beatty says:

    Melony and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I understand all about losing a father. Your dad reminds me of my dad who died in January of this year.Both were veterans, loved the Lord, and had huge hearts. Please know your family and you are in my prayers along with your dad’s friends and church family. Please let me know if there is anything you need.
    Love, hugs, and prayers,
    Hannah Beatty

  12. Patricia (Pat) Thomas says:

    Melony and family, You have my sincere condolences, and I will keep all of you close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks. I hope you find some comfort and strength in your many years of fond memories and our prayers during this sad and difficult time. I am sending you much love and support.

  13. Maren says:

    Thinking of you and your family❤️❤️❤️ ((Hugs))

  14. Nolan Ettish says:

    Betty, my heart is with you at this difficult time. John was an amazing man, and I feel blessed to have the privilege of getting to know him (and you of course).

    I am sending all my love your direction.

  15. Jenny Jesse says:

    Prayers for the loss of your dad. Love you, Mel. Let me know if I can help here at home.

  16. Bonnie says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Dad’s are special ❤

  17. Connie Mills says:

    Your dad left a legacy and road map clearly marked for all of you to follow. What a blessing to have such great memories of “Life with Father” all he taught, all he accomplished, and how he loved. Thanking God you only had to say, “See you later Dad” and not good-bye…praying comfort and peace for all of you.

  18. Marla Messersmith says:

    Lifting prayers of comfort for you family Melony.

  19. Charles Schreiner says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  20. Charles Schreiner says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family

  21. Stacy Neel says:

    I’m so sorry, Melony. I’m praying for comfort for you and your family.

  22. Dawn Vander Tuig says:

    Melony, my heart goes out to you and your family. Praying for you all during this time. Hugs!

  23. Bonita Baltes says:

    So sorry to hear this! Will give you a call
    when I get back to Fargo. Visiting a daughter in
    Arizona right now.
    May God be with you at this time of great loss!

  24. Steven I Redfield says:

    My sympathy to the Ferguson family. I remember John from when Mike and I worked together at Buttrey foods. A really nice man. Sorry for your loss.

  25. Terri Schultz says:

    Betty, Mark, Mike and Melony,
    So sorry for your loss. John was the biggest teddy bear with the loudest voice I have ever heard. He was a great guy! But remember all the great memories and he will continue to be watching over all of you. Betty, it was great running into you and John at Ruby Tuesday and Mike, it was great to see you at the Boy Scout event where we reconnected. You are all in my prayers!

    Terri (Schreiner) Schultz

  26. Sue Drammeh says:

    Miss you, brother. Will always keep you in my heart. ❤️

  27. Betty Lasneski says:

    Prayers are with you and your family. John is watching over all of you

  28. Don and Tina Flesness says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss , we have to keep our faith that there will be light at the end of the tunnel, without love and family we are empty inside. You are blessed with a wonderful family which is full of love!

  29. Shari Bruce says:

    So sorry for your loss. Uncle John you did this life right. Look at the legacy you left behind. Have peace in heaven. Say hi to my dad and family for me.

  30. Gary Rabbe says:

    So very sorry for your loss Betty. You and John have been great neighbors and friends. John will be missed. May God give you his comfort.

  31. Kim Gonshorowski Wakal says:

    So sorry to hear about John’s passing! Our family has great memories of the wonderful neighbors that lived down the street! Sending virtual hugs and thinking about you during this difficult time! ❤

  32. Donald and Keney Foster says:

    we are so sorry to loose our best friend of many years. but not good to see him suffer any more.
    Donald and Keney

  33. Pamela Schreiner says:

    Betty and Family: our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    So pleased we were able to see the service so were with you there.
    Melony did such a great addition to the service and could relate to much being said.
    Far away but with you.
    Tony and Pam

  34. Dick and Dee Zollar says:

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Was always a treat to visit with John at the Bison games. Such a nice tribute to John on the Boulger site. Thanks for that. Will always remember the Ferguson family from the west end of Cogswell. Such a great family. The older Ferguson boys where our heros growing up in Cogswell. Lots of good memories. Dee and I send our thoughts and prayers to all the Fergusons.

  35. Anita R. Smith says:

    Betty and family, my heart is saddened by the loss of John. I have fond memories of all of you as I babysat for you when the kids were young. He’s now resting in the arms of God our Father. Love you all, may the days become easier to endure as you cherish the memories. Anita (Foster) Smith

  36. Lyle Maxwell says:

    Dear Betty, Lyle and I were so sad to hear of your loss. May we send our sympathy and hope for Blessings to you and your family.

  37. Rita Bernath says:

    I am so sorry to learn of John’s passing. I didn’t know until today. I loved sitting behind you guys in church and enjoying some friendly banter. He had a great smile and will be very missed. Hugs to you, Betty!

  38. Roni and John says:

    Dear Betty, You are in our thoughts and prayers. John will be missed by your family and also by all the people whose lives he has touched. Century is not ever going to be the same! Everyone will miss seeing you two biking together, laughing together, and showing love and adoration for each other! Thank you and John for being such good neighbors and friends to my Mom and Dad. All three of them are with no longer suffering and are with our Lord and God. Love you! Hugs!

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