The world lost a bright light on Nov. 16, 2016 when Harold Gene Narum, of Walcott ND, passed away from leukemia a few days after his 70th birthday. Harold was born in Fargo to Norman and Grace (Alsager) Narum, attending high school in Sheldon and was a graduate of Valley City State College. He taught in Wolford at Wolford Public and Midway Schools. He worked for Division of Emergency Management for 29 years, receiving the ND National Guard State Meritorious Service Metal, National Guard Service Ribbon, and recognition by the US Army Corps of Engineers for Outstanding Support during the ‘97 flood. He also belonged to the ND Officials Assoc. and Lions International where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow. He loved his family deeply and unconditionally. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Thiry; children, Daryk (Karol) and Kirstin (Jeremy); siblings, Dave (Pam) and Susan (Gary); grandson, Trent; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Grace. Harold was a people person through and through. He could talk to a stranger just as easily as someone he knew for decades. He enjoyed riding his horse, camping, attending sporting events, building a home at “The Dunes”, making ice cream, and winning at pinochle. He will truly be missed and even his trusty horse, Tucker, will hang his head in remembrance of the big man with the even bigger heart and gentle soul. There will be a visitation from 2-4:00 PM with a prayer service following at 4:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Enderlin. There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 at First Lutheran Church with a visitation one hour prior.

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  1. Harold’s family: I was deeply saddened at the loss of such a good man. I grew up in the Chaffee area and spent a considerable amount of time with Susan and Thiry’s family. I will never forget when Harold came to my dad’s funeral in 2002. They knew each other through Emergency Management. We chatted a bit afterward, and I was able to catch up on his family. His kindness was very much appreciated. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. What a wonderful human being. I first got to know Harold in the Bismarck sports world when I was a sportswriter at the Bismarck Tribune. He always had a way of making me laugh with his stories. Harold and I were involved in Lions together, although with different clubs. We both ended up moving to the eastern part of the state, and would occasionally run into each other, something I always enjoyed. To his family, I say my prayers are with you. To the world, I say we lost a great one, a man who was always there to help, always there to offer a smile, always there to provide a laugh. We sure will miss you, Harold.

  3. We first met Harold and Thiry in 1999, when our Daughter Karol was dating Daryk. Soon they all became part of our family, spending a lot of time together when they lived in Bismarck, playing pinochle and visiting. Several times we received some of the delicious home made ice cream along with Thiry’s wonderful lefsa. We will remember those times always. God’s Blessing.

  4. sending our thoughts & prayers to you Thiry, Kirstin, Daryk & families. So sorry for your loss. So many good memories from South 3rd Street in the 70’s! May Love surround you & Bless you as you celebrate Harold’s life.

  5. I AM DEEPLY SADDENED BY THIS NEWS… I NEVER SAW HAROLD WITHOUT A SMILE AND A HEARTY LAUGH.. THIRY, AND FAMILY, CELEBRATE HAROLD’s LIFE WITH THE THOUGHT OF LIFE AND LOVE HE BROUGHT TO HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE. We will miss him dearly,,,,,

  6. Thiry, Daryk, Kirstin, Dave, Susan, Dear Cousins, we are so, so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. Now he is with is Maker, and we all mourn the loss of a good person. He always had a ready smile as I remember him. You are in our hearts and prayers at this time.

  7. Rest in peace, friend and colleague! Your remarkable service to the communities you touched, your state, and nation is a legacy of kindness, knowledge, professionalism, and compassion. We are proud and fortunate to be among those with whom who you shared your life! Our love and prayers to Thiry, Daryk, Kirsten, Dave, Susan and families.

  8. Our prayers are with you and your family, Thiry, as you all deal with your sudden and sad loss. I remember Harold as always being kind and a absolute pleasure to visit with. Am left with great thoughts of a great man. God bless and sustain you all through this hard time.

  9. Sincere simpathy to you in Harold’s passing. We have many good memories of your family when we were neighbors in Bismarck. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. So sorry for your loss. So happy we got a chance to know him and Thiry. You will be in our heart and prayers. May you find comfort I the love of family and friends.

  11. We will miss this big, kind, gentle and generous man. Please know that we keep all of you who loved him and were loved by him in our prayers..

  12. To Thiry, Darek and Kristin…our love and prayers at this tender time of transition. Harold will truly be missed.

  13. My sympathies to Thiry and family. Harold was a great man. I was in Lions with Harold in Bismarck and know with certainty that he cared so much for others. Within the past week both Harold and Don Stoltz have passed to heaven. The world’s loss but heaven’s gain.

  14. My deepest sympathy is with you, Thiry and family. May God grant Harold eternal rest and may he provide the comfort you all need during this time of great sorrow.

  15. Harold was a fine gentleman. Went to school with both Harold and Thiry. Played football and basketball with Harold at Sheldon High School. Thiry was a cheerleader at Sheldon, cheering on the Shadows.
    He will be surely missed by his friends and family. Sorry Thiry for your loss.

  16. Harold was a great friend. During the 1970’s at Disaster Emergency Services, we had many good times working together and playing cards (Hearts) during lunch. Whenever Cheryl and I think of Harold, we see him smiling. His upbeat attitude was contagious.

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