March 20, 1927 ~ January 29, 2012
Levon Grinde was born on March 20, 1927, the son of John R. and Selma (Koppang) Grinde in Mayville, ND. He was raised on the family farm south of Portland, ND, and attended a country school in Roseville Township. Levon graduated from Mayville High School in 1944. In 1949 he and Jean Nelson were united in marriage in Mayville. They continued to farm until 1963 when he became a ND State Game Warden. While living near Portland he served on the Roseville Church Council, the school board, the Golden Lake organizational board, and was a 4-H leader.
In 1963 he moved to Cando, ND where he spent the next 33 years. He loved his job as a Game Warden and often said he was on vacation every day of the year. He was a member of the Cando Lutheran Church where he served as a deacon. As an Explorer Scout leader he loved organizing camping trips and became a surrogate father for many young men. Other youth development activities that he was involved with included Hunter Safety, the Cando Gun Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received the first annual Shikar Safari International Award for Wildlife Officer of the Year. He was honored to have a Wildlife Development Area north of Cando dedicated in his name. Levon was a member of the ND Peace Officers Association and was widely recognized across the state for his collaboration with other law enforcement agencies. He was instrumental in developing the International Game Warden Museum at the ND Peace Gardens. He was a Master Gardener and loved to share his knowledge as well as his zucchini.
Levon retired in 1991 and in 1996 relocated to Kindred, ND where he and his wife lived until 2007. During their retirement they spent several winters at Parker Dam, AZ. He spent many hours in his boat, fishing both at Parker and Spiritwood Lake, ND. While in Kindred, he was actively involved in his granddaughters varied activities and interests. In 2007, they moved to Fargo's Edgewood Village. Levon died peacefully at home on Sunday, January 29, 2012 under the care of his loving wife and Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Levon is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean and three children: Karen (John) Holien of Las Vegas, NV, David (Linda) Grinde of Eagle River, AK, and JoAnn (Edward) Jameson of Kindred, ND. He also leaves five grandchildren: Bradley Holien of Fargo, Jennifer Holien (Donald Prischak) of Erie, PA and Fort Meyers, FL, Brooke Jameson of Kindred, ND, Lindsey Jameson of Edgerton, MN and Mairin Jameson of Moscow, ID, his two step grandchildren: Carlee Lindquist and Therin Ferrin of Anchorage. Also surviving are two great grandchildren Joseph and Michael Prischak, four step great grandchildren, Trever Ferrin, Conner Ferrin, Kelcee Lennon, and Cord Lindquist, and one nephew, Steven Reinhardt of Jamestown, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ruth Reinhardt, brother-in-law Walter Reinhardt, and nephew Mark Reinhardt
Memorials are preferred to the International Game Warden Museum or Great Plains Food Bank.