Elmer passed away on January 12, 2013 at Rosewood on Broadway Nursing Home in Fargo at the age of 91.

Elmer was born on October 20, 1921, the son of Andrew and Anna (Hagen) Vangsness in Carpio, ND. He was raised in the Carpio area and graduated from High School in Hartland, ND, in 1938. He farmed until he enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942. After pilot training he served with the 93rd Bomb Group, Norfolk, England, as a B-24 Liberator Pilot.

Elmer received his B.S. and Master’s Degrees from North Dakota State University in Fargo. He was united in marriage to Nellie Jean Anderson on January 22, 1954 in Rugby, ND. Elmer taught in Rugby and Crosby, ND, before becoming an Assistant County Agent in Williston, ND. In 1958, they moved to Fargo where Elmer worked for North Dakota State University Extension Service as a Resource Economist until his retirement in 1986.

Elmer was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the VFW, and the Sons of Norway.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Nellie Jean; his sons, Gary (Cindy) of Oakdale, MN; David of Fargo; and his daughter, Janice (Brian) Templin of Sauk Rapids, MN; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother, Glenn (Donna) of Minot, ND; his sisters, Esther (Lyle) Opland of Minot; and Verna Nelson of Washington.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers – Arthur and Martin; and three sisters – Irene Toops, Alice Anderson, and Mabel Erickson.

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