Clyde Ahlschwede

clyde ahlschwede

April 18, 1925 ~ May 26, 2022

Born in: Grandin, ND
Resided in: West Fargo, ND

Clyde’s service will be live streamed below starting at 10:45 on Wednesday (we are reliant on the wifi signal at the church, if something happens to that signal, the service is being recorded and will be posted after the service:)

Our dear dad, Clyde Ahlschwede, 97, West Fargo. ND, passed away May 26, 2022 at Sheyenne Crossings, surrounded by his loving family.

Clyde Herbert Ahlschwede was born the ninth of ten children to George and Luise Ahlschwede, April 18, 1925, in Grandin, ND. He was baptized in the Christian faith May 17, 1925, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bohnsack Township, ND and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church, Grandin, ND, July 16, 1939, his confirmation verse being “for where two or three gather in my name, there I Am”, Matt 18:20. He grew up rural Grandin where he attended school until he graduated from high school in 1943. Clyde, being a short 6’4”, enjoyed playing high school basketball and continued on the Independent league after graduation. He farmed with his father on the family farm two miles south of Grandin. June 19, 1948, he married Mavis Ponto from Blanchard, ND. They lived on the Ahlschwede farm and raised their family until his retirement in 1990 when they moved to Fargo. Mavis died in 2014 at age 90 after 66 years of marriage.

Clyde loved the earth, nature’s changing seasons, and working outdoors. He often said it is where he felt closest to the Lord. He loved his Lord and lived his faith in gentle quietness. He was a jack of all trades and could build or fix anything. Hunting and fishing were some favorite times spent with friends and he enjoyed helping his neighbors with various building/repair projects. After his retirement he spent spring and fall helping neighbors in the fields and as a ‘fixer upper’ at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo. Clyde served his community on several boards: Grandin Grace Lutheran Church, Lutheran Laymen’s League, Kinyon Township, Grandin School Board and Min Dak Growers Association. Clyde and Mavis together enjoyed music, dancing, traveling, entertaining, playing bridge, golfing, and spending time with their grandchildren at their lake cabin on Little MacDonald Lake. Attending the grandchildren’s and many great nieces and nephews events was a highlight for them. They were blessed to have traveled to all 50 states, Germany, and Israel. Reminiscing, he always described their trip to the Holy Lands as a ‘trip of a lifetime’.

Clyde is survived by his three daughters: Sandra (Roger) Mulvaney of Valley City, ND; Janice Funches of Hillsboro, ND; and LuAnn (Don) Wee of Clarkston, WA; seven grandchildren—Rory Mulvaney, Jenelle Mulvaney, Ann Funches Stancil, Ellen Funches, Lindsey Wee, Sara (Chris Schillinger) Wee and Brett Wee; and several great grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Helen Ahlschwede and a brother-in-law, Nils Buringrud.

Clyde was preceded in death by his wife Mavis, his parents, and all nine siblings: Esther, Irvin, Leonard, Roy, Walt, Lloyd, Hulda (Biel), Martha (Odden), Myrtle (Bergmann) and a son-in-law- JD Funches.

The family wishes to thank the many staff from Sheyenne Crossing who loved Clyde as one of their ‘favorite’ resident these past 10 years. They received excellent care and love from many of the staff and residents.

Memorials preferred to Immanuel Lutheran Church and Sheyenne Crossings, Eventide Foundation.

My Farm

My farm to me is not just land
Where bare unpainted buildings stand
To me my farm is nothing less
Than all created loveliness.

My Farm is not where I must soil
My hands in endless dreary toil
But where, through seed and swelling pod
I’ve learned to walk, and talk with God

My Farm, to me, Is not a place
Outmoded by the modern race
For here, I think, I just see less
Of evil, greed, and selfishness.

My Farm’s a haven – here dwells rest,
Security and happiness –
Whate’er befalls the world outside
Here faith, and hope and love abide.

Clyde’s Video Tribute can be viewed below:


Funeral: June 1, 2022 11:00 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church
1258 Broadway N
Fargo, ND 58102

Burial: June 1, 2022 2:00 pm

Hunter Cemetery, Hunter, ND
North Dakota,

Visitation: June 1, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church
1258 Broadway N
Fargo, ND 58102

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  1. Thank you sharing your father with us at Sheyenne Crossing . We had so much joy laughing and talking with him and getting to know your family

    • Dad sure loved Sheyenne Crossings staff and many residents. Thank YOU for enjoying him and all his fun ways!

    • Thank You for enjoying Dad’s personality and having fun with him. The staff and residents at Sheyenne Crossings made his day!

  2. He was such a sweet man I got to know him from Evelyn from his church he came to the car dealership where I work such a nice man. Heaven gained a loving Angel when he arrived. God Bless.

  3. One of a kind. My favorite uncle. A God fearing man of honor, integrity, compassion and love for his family. He made me a part of his family during my (freezing) year at NDSU. Fond early memories of visiting Uncle DD’s family on the farm, riding the sway back plow horses and climbing through the lofts in the barns. Didn’t get to see him much in the later years, so glad I have the memories. I will miss him. Tell Dad hello for me. We shall meet again.

    • Jon….He was to you what your Uncle Lloyd was to us! Now all those Ahlschwede’s are having ‘their own’ party! Truly a special generation. We cherish all those memories too—although i came along ‘to late’ for the horse! We shall all ‘gather’ again!! Blessings to you!

  4. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I was the ring bearer at their wedding. My condelsenses.

    • We talked about you with Dian Ahlschwede Quist who was their flower girl. Thank you for your kind words and sharing a memory!

  5. What a blessing it was to grow up around Clyde, Mavis and the others in the circle of friends our parents shared. They were wonderful examples for all of us. Those that have past will be missed but never forgotten

    • What a wonderful ‘circle’ of friends they all shared. Thank you for your friendship and laughter through the years. Truly a generation gone, but not ever forgotten!

  6. Clyde was our neighbor in Fargo and he was always willing to give a helping hand or play a game of cribbage. We always felt so lucky to have Clyde and Mavis as neighbors and friends.
    Anita Rise

    • Anita and Craig—oh how he didn’t want to leave that cul-de-sac. He loved their home. Thank you for being a true friend and visiting him at Sheyenne Crossings too.

  7. So sorry for the loss of your dad. Clyde was such a kind man and will be missed by many. Sending Prayers and condolences to all of you.

  8. Uncle Clyde was a man’s man – He was that man for me in my growing up years. I have countless memories of time we spent together. His death leaves a great void on this earth. Sandy, Janice, and LuAnn, we both mourn and celebrate with you in Clyde’s home going. We will miss him and even his antics. Much love, Bill & Linda Ahlschwede (nephew and wife)

    • Bill and Linda–He loved all his nephews and found ways to share time with them. We will miss him like we miss Uncle Lloyd and all their siblings. What a wonderful family. This one is hard on me but i do rejoice with him and his victory in Christ. Love and hugs back!

  9. Clyde was a fantastic man I was am very blessed to have the opportunity to get to know him during his time at Sheyenne Crossings. He will be missed terribly. To Clyde’s family, I am so sorry for you loss.

    • Stephanie—Oh how he would have loved to stay home in his apartment with all his ‘independent’ care givers. Thank you for caring for him and being his friend. He thought the world of you! Blessings

  10. My father treasured the time he spent with Clyde and the other Fixer Uppers at Immanuel every Tuesday. I loved to hear the stories of their antics, of which Clyde was often the ringleader. I looked forward to meeting up with Clyde during “Cookie Time” on the occasions I was back to visit Immanuel. Always, always he had a kind word, a funny remark, and that wonderful smile. What an amazing man.

    • Without antics, laughter and that blue eyes smile….there would not have been a real ‘Clyde’. Thank you for being a friend and seeing his true self!!

  11. Clyde and Mavis were such dear friends of my parents, Herb and Stella. After my folks moved away from Grandin, whenever we would return to visit friends and relatives I remember many visits to the Ahlschwede home. My folks truly treasured their friendship. I regret that I found Clyde’s obituary on the day of his funeral. I wish I could have attended. My condolences to the family.

    • I remember the Flatt family—straight west of Dad’s one mile. Thank you for treasured friendship and your kind words. Blessings!

  12. I’m a current worker at sheyenne crossing and I absolutely loved helping Clyde. I work in the kitchen so before dinner he’d always come and get coffee, juice, and bananas. I was always happy to help him and he’d give me and all of the girls working fist bumps and he was always great to talk to. He was truly one of everyone’s favorites at Sheyenne crossings and he’ll be missed by all.

    • Abby—he so enjoyed so many of the workers at Sheyenne Crossings. It was his true personality to have fun and enjoy all he met. He had a special ‘light’. Thank you for your friendship towards him. Blessings!

  13. Oh Clyde. My daughter and I will miss you sooooo much. I will miss your hugs and knuckle bumps. Your jokes and fun attitude.

    McKenzie and Tiffany from Sheyenne Ctossings

    • Tiffany—Thanks to Sheyenne Crossings staff and residents—Dad’s life was made much happier. He ‘light’ will shine on!

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