Marlyn "Spike" Nordenstrom


A livestream of Spike’s service will be available below starting at 1:45 PM:

Marlyn “Spike” Nordenstrom, 78, Barnesville, MN formerly Davenport, ND passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Essentia Health, Fargo.

Spike was born December 11, 1942 in Pine City, MN to Edward and Ruby (Howell) Nordenstrom. He graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1961 where he met his future wife, Kay Nystul. They were married on June 23, 1962 at First United Methodist Church, Fargo.

He worked for his dad at Fargo Plastering for a few years before he joined the Fargo Fire Department, a job he enjoyed, that allowed him to help and serve others. He retired in 1982. He also served in the National Guard.

He was a musician all of his life and was a published singer/songwriter. As part of his ministry, he was also a Fargo Jail Chaplain. His interest and talent in music, allowed him to travel throughout the United States where he was able to minister the word of God through song. He was also an accomplished carpenter, building many homes from start to finish. One of his many passions was fishing and he enjoyed going with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kay, Barnesville, MN, children; Denise (Roger) Christianson, Comstock, MN, Michael (Nancy) Nordenstrom, Fargo, ND, 4 grandchildren; Vance (Kayla) Christianson, Fargo, ND, Adam (Kayla) Nordenstrom, Grand Forks, ND, Corey Nordenstrom, San Fernando Valley, CA, April (Taylor) Keigwin, Ridgecrest, CA, 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruby (Ted) Lyman, Fargo, ND, Elaine Alexander, Bradenton, FL and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Ruby, and siblings, Edward, Larry, Henry, Al, Lorraine and Maurey.

Celebration of Spike’s Life: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M.

Interment: Davenport Cemetery, Davenport, ND.

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  1. So very sad to hear of Spikes passing what a kind caring soul he was. He came and prayed with my dad when he was sick it was so very nice to see him again we lived on 24th street when him and his parents did wonderful people they were. Rest In Peace I feel so privileged to have his CD I like to listen to it feel so close to GOD when I listen to them another good and faithful servant of GOD he will surely be missed my prayers go out to his loving family and pray for strength and remembering the good times

  2. We are so sorry to hear of ‘Spikes’ passing. We knew him for a long time and he was a great guy. Our sincere condolences Kay, to you and your family. Bob & Sylvia Peterson

  3. Jon and I feel blessed that we had the opportunity to spend time with Spike and Kay (as well as the rest of the North Dakota family) this year. The love for God and family shone brightly!! It always is a comfort to me to be reminded that our loved ones will be a greater part of our future than our past. Gods Blessings to all!

  4. I wish I could be with you today Kay, I am not feeling well today, I have a sore throat, but my love and thoughts are with you. I am so blessed to be able to know you and Spike, such beautiful memories, and the love of Jesus was evident when we were together. Hope you are feeling well Kay. Love you so much. I bet Tom was so glad to see Spike. he probably met him at the Golden Gate

  5. So sorry for your loss! Spike was a great man! Loved having you guys as neighbors and great friends!💖

  6. I am very sorry for your loss.
    I thought Spike was a great man, always friendly and I really liked him.
    The service was very nice and I thought having a few of his songs was amazing

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