Alfred Elgaen

alfred elgaen

Alfred (Al) Jarvis Elgaen passed away Jan 10th, 2015 due to complications from an automobile accident that occurred on Dec 22nd. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Alfred Jarvis Elgaen was born August 7th, 1943 to Carl and Hazel (Aamodt) Elgaen in Devils Lake, ND. Al spent most of his time with his favorite uncle Telmer (Aamodt) on the family farm. He was confirmed at Sigdahl Lutheran Church in Tolna. Al graduated from Pekin High School in 1963. After high school Al and his brother Carl, moved to Kansas where Al met and married Linda Jo Potter. Al and Linda had one daughter, Rhonda, who has always been Daddy’s girl.

 In 1972, Al moved his family back to North Dakota where he worked for several construction companies in the Fargo area before settling into farm work for Tobolt Seed of Moorhead, where he worked for 33 years until retiring just a few years ago.

Al could often be found working in his shop, woodworking or making something for his house. He took great pride in his huge flower garden and large fish aquariums; he loved going to Menards almost daily, if even just to browse.

Al followed his granddaughters to all of their dance/cheer competitions, parades, and recitals. Last year he was able to join his granddaughters cheer team at Nationals in Florida. He enjoyed spending time with his daughter, son in law, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was very proud of his loving family. He was so excited that his grandson James made him a great grandfather. His face lit up every time he saw Peyton and Paislie. They were the light of his life.

Al is survived by his daughter Rhonda (Brian) Asleson of West Fargo, grandson James (Vicki) Schumm of Fargo, granddaughters Alysha and Erin Daignault of West Fargo, great granddaughters Peyton and Paislie Schumm of Fargo, honorary grandson, Greyson Daignault, brothers Carl Elgaen Jr. (Christine) of Dallas Georgia, Sidney Elgaen, Lenexa Kansas, sisters Carol Wilkinson of Lenexa Kansas and Betty (Gary) Johnson of Devils Lake; several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and sister Myrtle Burdick.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. How fortunate you were to share your lives with such a dedicated father, grandfather, and great-grandfather!

    John & Laurie;

  2. Pekin ND

    I’m sorry to hear of Alfred’s passing. I last visited with him at the all school reunion in Pekin in 2006. We graduated together from Pekin H.S. in 1963. Sincere condolences. ;

  3. Arizona City AZCondolences to Alfred’s family. I graduated from Pekin High School with Al. I was so happy to visit with him back in 06 during Pekin Days and to share some of our school memories. Prayers to you all.


  4. Columbia Falls MontanaI was saddened to hear the news about Alfred. I have many happy memories of fun times together at Red Willow Lake, the Irvin and Hazel Quam farm and Telmer’s farm. Just a bunch of young friends, hanging out, Joy, Karen, Ronnie, Adele, Irene, Ardell, Carl Jr. Mike, and many more.
    Lots of good memories.

    My sympathy and prayers to the family. ;

  5. Overland Park KSMy condolences to you Rhonda and your family. Uncle Al had such a kind spirit and and I know will be missed terribly. Blessings to you all. ;

  6. Yakima WashingtonMy heart goes out to all of the family.
    Alfred was a very good friend.
    Ronnie Hanson Bradbury

  7. Moorhead MNTo Al’s family, I knew and waited on Al many years ago at the Highway Host Restaurant. He always had a big smile and laughter followed him wherever he went. The world lost a good man – Thoughts and prayers to your family.

    Linda Davidson;

  8. We have truly lost a great person. Uncle Al was just genuinely a nice person. Not to mention a great father, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, great uncle, great great uncle. I will miss his smile and laugh. Ever since I got his phone number I always kept it on my phone. I considered it always a good go to if we were ever there and needed help. If he couldn’t make it, I somehow knew he would figure out a way. Now Myrtle has some one to play cards or yahtzee with! May you be riding on Angels’ wings.

  9. Fargo ND

    Al I am going to miss your smile. I remember years ago when you would call me because you remembered my number. We would talk about nothing for a while and then wish each other a good night. I appreciated that you were always available to help if we (Bob & I) and later me needed something done. I am glad that any suffering you had is gone and you are now in a better place. God Bless you and may your memories help your family through these tough times.;

  10. We were heart broken to hear of your loss. Al was such a great person. His smile was contagious. So kind and giving. His legacy lives on in each of you. Talk of him often. Love you all!;

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