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Harold N. Jordheim, a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, died Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Bethany Retirement Living, surrounded by his family and under the care of Ethos Hospice.

 

Harold was born on January 12, 1932, to Ethyl and Norman Jordheim in his family’s farm home in rural Walcott, North Dakota. After graduating from Walcott High School he farmed with his father for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force. Harold completed his basic training at Lachland Air Force Base in Texas and technical training at A&M University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was stationed at Great Falls Air Force Base, later serving for eighteen months as a Chaplain Service Specialist in Japan. He finished out his enlistment at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts and was honorably discharged in May of 1956. Having married the love of his life LaVonne Nelson on May 3, 1952 at the Walcott Lutheran Church, he and his young family made their home in Viking Township, where they farmed with Harold’s parents, brothers, and uncles.

 

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather Nels and father Norman, Harold served as a director of the Home Mutual Insurance Company of Wahpeton, retiring at the age of 82. He replaced his father as secretary-treasurer of Viking Township, a position he held for over thirty years. He and LaVonne moved to a townhome in Fargo in 1995 and to Grace Pointe at Bethany in 2021. In his retirement, Harold continued developing his enthusiastic interest in model trains, designing and erecting an extensive network of tracks through elaborate landscapes and cityscapes in his basement with model buildings that referenced the interests and activities of his children and grandchildren. Through much of his life, Harold was active in the Walcott Lutheran Church, serving as a deacon and member of the church council, later becoming a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo. A lifelong sports fan, Harold enjoyed bowling and golfing with family and friends, attending Bison football games with his family, and watching Minnesota Twins games with LaVonne.

 

In 2018, Harold participated in the Veterans Honor Flight of ND/MN traveling to Washington, D.C. with his daughter, Renee. This experience was a highlight of his senior years, furthering the pride he felt in serving in the United States Air Force.

 

But nothing gave Harold greater joy than being in the company of his “sweetheart” LaVonne, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His sense of humor and love of life were evident to all who met and came to know him, and the genuine interest he displayed in the lives of others made him an immediate friend to many.

 

Harold is survived by LaVonne, his “precious” wife of 70 years; son Lynn (Mary), son Steven (Suzanne), daughter Lorilee (Paul), and daughter Renee (Paul); nine grandchilden, 12 great-grandchildren (with another on the way); brother Robert (Marge), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Sandra, his parents and parents-in-law, his brothers Eugene and Curtis, and his beloved sister Marion.

 

Harold’s family wishes to express deep gratitude to the compassionate staff of Ethos Hospice and Bethany Homes for the care they provided to Harold at the end of his earthly life and to Pastor Kevan and the pastoral staff of Hope Lutheran Church for their loving care.

Memorials preferred to the Walcott Lutheran Cemetery Veterans Memorial Fund, or to Ethos Hospice of Fargo.

Services

Visitation: May 26, 2022 @ 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Prayer Service: May 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Visitation: May 27, 2022 @ 10:00 - 11:00 am

Hope Lutheran Church Fargo, South Campus
3636 25th St S. Fargo ND 58103

Funeral: May 27, 2022 @ 11:00 am

Hope Lutheran Church Fargo, South Campus
3636 25th St S. Fargo ND 58103

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  1. Two hymns of comfort for LaVonne and family.
    Han skal apne perleporten sung by Ornulf Holte..
    (He the Pearly Gates Will Open).
    Because He Lives sung by Charlotte Ritchie.

    With love and prayers

  2. I’m always going to remember my Uncle Harold for his sense of humor, his chuckle and of course, his collection of trains. For the first 14 years of my life, he and Lavonne lived just down the road from my parents and I. He always loved showing off his collection of trains to anyone who would visit. But what I’ll also remember is the kind of human, the kind of man, Uncle Harold was. I was having vehicle problems some 16 years ago and he helped me out and took me to Hardee’s afterwards. I’m pretty sure I offered to pay, but Harold was insistent on it being “his treat.” He was so helpful and generous!

  3. My first time meeting Harold was so much fun he was always smiling and joking around. I was hired by him to do his estate sale and I had never seen so many trains. His passion for his collection was so clear down to every little detail on the displays he had. The love he had for his family was very obvious to me the first visit we had. Prayers to the entire family.

  4. Deepest condolences and prayers for the Jordheim family in your loss. Harold was a wonderful man whom I remember fondly for his constant kindness, his warm smile, his twinkling eyes, and his love of LaVonne and their family. I pray God will provide tender love and comfort for all of you.

  5. I have so many fond memories of my Uncle Harold. I can’t picture his face without a smile on it and his joy and laugh were infectious. When my oldest son was little, he was obsessed with trains. We would tell him all about his great Uncle Harold and all his trains. Somewhere along the way my son started calling him the train sitter (we have no idea why, lol). For several years my son would receive train ornaments for Christmas from the train sitter. My son is now 19, but he still insists that no one gets to put his train ornaments on the tree but him. Uncle Harold will forever be in our hearts and on our Christmas tree.

  6. Lorilee and family. I’m sending many prayers to you and your family. I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Read through his beautiful and very precious memories. No wonder you have such a great witty sense of humor passed down to you. God’s wrapping his loving arms around you and your family and friends. My sincerest condolences. Hugs. Melody Busch (KHS, acted with awesome Lorilee in HS plays and good friend)

  7. I got to know Harold through the numerous train shows my family attends every fall, in Fargo. He even invited my family over to see his model train layouts, with the various personal references. LaVonne had treats for the kids and we enjoyed their hospitality. I carried his business card in my pocket for years. It was always good to see them, but we missed them the last couple years. Though I did not know Harold well, I knew him well enough to know he was a good man – and he loved trains!
    May he rest in peace…
    Brian Norberg
    Dilworth, MN

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