Dale Gordon Haarsager

dale haarsager

January 25, 1935 ~ October 2, 2022

Born in: Valley City, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

Dale Gordon Haarsager, 87, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2022, at Bethany on 42nd, in Fargo, ND surrounded by his family.

Dale Haarsager, son of Helen Kaping Haarsager and Martin Haarsager, was born January 25, 1935 at Mercy Hospital in Valley City, ND. He was raised on the Haarsager homestead farm in LaMoure County where he attended Gladstone Elementary School. After the sudden death of his mother when he was twelve years old, Martin and the family moved from the farmstead to Litchville, ND.

Dale graduated from Litchville High School in 1953. He attended Wahpeton State School of Science and then joined the United States Army. He served his military days in Germany as a military helicopter mechanic. After returning to the US in 1956, he attended Interstate Business College in Fargo, ND to become a business certified accountant and was hired by Midwest Machine Company of Jamestown, ND where he was employed for twelve years.

Dale married Carol Andrud at North LaMoure Lutheran Church, rural Litchville in 1960, and they became parents to Laurie and Drue. The family lived in Jamestown for several years until Midwest Machine Company was sold to become the residence of the Jamestown Civic Center. They moved to Grand Forks where Dale worked for Midwest Simplex Potato Co. while Carol finished her Master of Education at UND. They later made their home in Montpelier where Dale was employed with the Jamestown Sand and Gravel Company of Ypsilanti. He later worked for Waste Management Company in Jamestown as a machine operator and commercial business manager until retiring in 1999 due to heart health conditions. In 2004, they moved to Fargo, ND.

Dale and Carol enjoyed traveling and attending numerous music concerts at Branson, MO and travels to Norway, Alaska and Hawaii.

The Haarsagers square danced with the Jamestown Square Steppers and the Fargo Moorhead Square Dance Clubs. During their 31 years of dancing, Dale served as treasurer in club and state offices. He was a city council member of Montpelier for twenty plus years. As a member of the Montpelier Lutheran Church, he served as board president and treasurer. Dale was a member of the Sons of Norway and volunteered as cashier for the noon lunches. After moving to Fargo, Dale became a member of Atonement Lutheran Church. Dale has always enjoyed visiting with people and had a group of coffee friends at Family Fare in Fargo. He loved his grandchildren and attended as many of their school events as possible. A recent blessing of four great grandchildren brought smiles and much happiness to him.

Dale is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Laurie (Ron) Knaust, Fargo, ND; son Drue (Deb) Haarsager, Fargo, ND; grandchildren Bryce (Cydney) Knaust, Bria (Beau) Buehler, Andrew Haarsager; great grandchildren Asher Knaust, Evelyn Knaust, Brittin Buehler, Brooks Buehler; sister Grace Hansen of Valley City, ND; and several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Helen Haarsager and a brother, Richard Haarsager.

The funeral service will be on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. (live streamed on the funeral home website) Visitation will also be held Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Interment will be at Fargo National Cemetery, Fargo, ND, on Monday, October 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.

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


Funeral: October 8, 2022 11:00 am

Atonement Lutheran Church
4601 S University Dr
Fargo, ND 58104

Visitation: October 8, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Atonement Lutheran Church
4601 S University Dr
Fargo, ND 58104

Visitation - Friday: October 7, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Burial: October 10, 2022 10:00 am

Fargo National Cemetery
8709 40th Ave N Fargo

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  1. I am grateful for the many memories of Uncle Dale, and for both he and Aunt Carol and their example of enduring faithfulness both to God and each other in marriage. Love to you all!
    Kristin and Jim

  2. I am sorry to hear about Dale’s passing. I am a member of Atonement too and got to know Dale and his wife. He was such a gentle man and always had a smile for my husband and me.

  3. I was a classmate of Carol’s since 1st grade!
    Enjoyed hearing the Son’s of Norway band at Shoreham.
    Thoughts & prayers are with you at this time in your loss of Dale.

  4. My deepest sympathies to all of you were commitment prevented me to be there in person but my thoughts and prayers are with you all Rick Knaust says:

    My deepest sympathies to all of you
    Sorry couldn’t make it to celebrate Dale. Previous work commitment prevented me to be there in person but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Rick Knaust

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