Bruce Grandlund

bruce grandlund
Bruce Alan Grandlund, 77, of Horace, ND passed away Monday, February 8, 2021 at the Fargo VA Community Living Center after a courageous battle with Agent Orange related leukemia. Bruce was born June 29, 1943, the son of Hub and Marion Grandlund. He was raised in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1961. Bruce married Kathy Grant in 1962 (they later divorced). He graduated from NDSU and went on to serve as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army in Vietnam in 1968. Bruce was a recipient of the bronze star. After returning from Vietnam Bruce found his calling in construction. Bruce was a hard worker and took pride in his work. He was proud of his many construction projects including his work in Medora. Bruce enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating and in his younger years water skiing. Bruce enjoyed adventure whether that meant a drive in the country or gold prospecting in Arizona. In his retirement Bruce had taken up hobby farming near Pelican Lake. Bruce enjoyed attending a good auction sale and loved to get a deal. Bruce enjoyed projects, from tinkering on boat motors, to repainting boats, cars, and anything in between. Bruce was a faithful supporter of the MN lottery and was sometimes even lucky. Bruce was seldom seen without his favorite soda in hand (Squirt). Bruce was proud of all his children and grandchildren. Survivors include son Mark Grandlund, Canyon Lake, Texas, daughter Jennifer (favorite son-in-law Mark) Brinkman, Glyndon, MN, son Dustin Lerud, Detroit Lakes, MN. Grandchildren Chelsea, Kenzie, Coregan, Vivian, and Grant. Great grandchildren Lily and Norah. Sister Julie (Leo) Cossette, Scottsdale, AZ. Bruce is also survived by many close friends. A special thank you to the staff at the Fargo VA for the compassionate and professional care they gave Bruce. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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  1. Bruce was a great friend to our family. Always helping and taking care of us at the lake. He helped remodel our Oxbow house, headed up the project to build our beautiful barn in Wild Rice and did the remodel at our lake cabin on Pelican. It is hard to imagine going back to the lake and not having Bruce there. He spent many Christmas Days with us and our family. We treasure those times. Our love to the family.

  2. I’m going to really miss classmate Bruce! He was a good friend for many years. Nearly every time I visited Fargo over the years Bruce and I would get together for a lunch or dinner.

    He was kind, interesting and informational, even in subjects I knew little about such as farming, tractors, old boats and cars. He enlightened everyone who knew him!

    God bless his family!

  3. We first met Bruce when he helped build our home in Oxbow. Every break that we would take together, we had an interesting conversation. He had a quick wit and intelligent opinions. Years later he came to Minneapolis to help remodel the lower level of our oldest son’s small house in preparation for the birth of our first Grandson, Eli.
    There were many other projects that were a good excuse to work together again and share meals in our kitchen.
    Great guy, he will be missed!

  4. We are truly sorry for your loss. We remember him well. Thank you for letting Lori Menzel Rausch know if your loss. It was truly appreciated. Larry and Lind Menzel

  5. Bruce was such a nice guy to our family and had some great stories my son and I enjoyed hearing from his service in Vietnam. Thank you to Bruce and his family for his sacrifice, service and the help he was always happy to provide. God bless you Bruce!

  6. Bruce did two major additions to my 1929 tudor house in north Fargo at 1350 2nd St North in Fargo. He was always upbeat and had great ideas how to improve the project.

    Always seemed to have a big smile.

    He would wait till I got home and did a show and tell of the progress from the day. We enjoyed it as much as he did.

    He famously would say “we will throw up a few sticks (2×6 or 2×4) over there and there……”

    But he could do it all when it came to building. Still now, about 20 years later when I show special features of my house that he instigated, I always mention him and how special he was professionally and personally. He had an amazing work ethic.

    Tim Flakoll.

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