Michael Buringrud

michael buringrud

Michael R. Buringrud, 60, of Gardner, ND died peacefully in his home on Saturday, November 29, 2014 surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, after a courageous 17 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Michael was born February 24, 1954 to Nils and Elaine Buringrud of Gardner, ND. He retired in 1997 and enjoyed fishing, boating, attending dirt track races, watching NASCAR, tinkering on cars, and spending time with family. Michael was so excited about recently becoming a grandpa and truly enjoyed all the time he spent with his Dad and their many outings together.

Michael served on the North Cass Water Resource District Board since July 19, 1993, and became Chairman in 1999.  He also served on the Cass County Joint Water Resource District Board since 1999.  He took his work on water issues very seriously and his efforts provided benefits for people throughout the county and the region. 

Michael is survived by his wife Eileen, Gardner, ND; children David, Jessica (Derek) Houim, and Steven, all of Fargo, ND; his grandson Jarrett Michael Houim; his father Nils Buringrud; sisters Wanda Hoffman, Marcia Buringrud; brothers Terry Buringrud, Jon Buringrud; and many nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother Elaine Buringrud, and sister Marilyn Hein.

The family would like to thank Fr. Casey, the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at the Roger Maris Cancer Center, and Hospice of the RRV, especially Kelcie and Staci.

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  1. Dear Buringrud Family,
    I hope you can find comfort in knowing that your dear Michael now sleeps, and will continue to do so until Jesus calls for “all” in the grave to come out. (John 5:28, 29 11:11, 43) They will awaken to the promised new world spoken of at 2 Peter 3:13. At that time, peace will abound and sickness and death will be done away with. (Psalm 37:11, 29 Isaiah 33:24 Revelation 21:4) Look to this hope as you remember your loved one and take advantage of the invitation from our Creator, Jehovah God, to “throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 Psalm 83:18) Take care dear ones and please accept my sincerest condolences. (www.jw.org)

  2. I am so sorry to hear that Mke passed away.

    David, I especially appreciated your entry in this Guest Book. I am sure your Dad was proud of you and I appreciate how you put your feelings for your Dad into words. Well done.

    Just a note: Your Dad’s cousin, Dean, is my cousin as well. Also, my dad, Kenny Halvorson, used to play kitten-ball with your Grandpa Nils, Alfred and Einer. My Dad said that you always wanted the Buringrud boys on your side because with their long arms, they could cover the field just standing still.

    God bless you and your families.

  3. West Fargo North Dakota
    I am so sorry to hear this loss. My dad died Nov. 5th, 2008 of Pancreatic Cancer stage 4 and I can really relate. I recognize the last name through a friend of whom I met in my working environment. I just wanted to send my you the whole family that you are all in my prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss, but I am thankful he is not in pain and suffering anymore.

  4. Eileen and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Michael. I enjoyed visiting with him several times when he came into Roger Maris. We shared many great conversations. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Beulah North Dakota
    Dear Buringruds and extended family.

    Sorry for your loss….we move on and always remember.

    Our Love,

    Butch and Carolyn Dahl

  6. Hancock MIMy deepest sympathy to all of you during this sad and difficult time. May all your times spent together give you comfort and strength. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Fargo ND
    I am so sorry for your loss of Mike. I admired Mike for his strength, enjoyed his wit, loved his love of life and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family now and the time to come.

  8. Fargo Uncle Mike,
    I am so sad you left this world way before your time. You were one great Uncle who would joke around with the best of them. I will remember the fun times at your house for holidays and all other family get togethers. You were a great man whose spirit will live on through Eileen, Dave, Jess, and Steven. I will miss you greatly.

    Your nephew,

  9. West Fargo ND
    Dad, where do I start. This is the hardest thing I have ever experienced. What a great dad you were. You and mom raised me very well and taught me hard work and never give up on my dreams. You guys supported my decision to buy my business and I am truly greatful I got your blessing. I saw how hard you worked to provide us with all we wanted even if it was tough on you guys at times when I was growing up.

    I saw yours and grandpas relationship and I so hoped I could’ve had that with you when my life slowed down and we could just drive around and hang out together. I’m just crushed I didn’t get to spend more time with you but the time we did was so great. Working on my cars, keeping them going and you teaching me how to do all of it myself.

    The hardest thing I’m going to miss is our talks about our racing. We could talk for hours Saturday morning and discuss what we did or what I’m going to try to do to make that car faster. You cheered us on good or bad nights. When I go for my phone to text or call you to tell you the newest part we bought or what trick thing I found will be the hardest. We shared our love for racing equally. We will honor you with a tribute scheme this year and I’m going to be so proud to see that car on the track.

    Well until I see you again, I will keep your truck clean for you and help mom keep the farm going. I love you so much and wish I could talk to you again. Bye dad.

  10. Fargo ND
    Dad, my heart and soul are broken. I will miss you so much. Even though we sometimes, (ok, a lot of times) had our own little differences of opinion, it was only because I am just like you. I am my fathers daughter, and there is nothing I would rather be. Keep looking down and watching over us! I promise, us kids will stay out of the hole and I will always follow the recipes to a “T”. You taught me well. I love you.

  11. Valley City ND
    I will miss you. I will remember all the times when my kids had seen you even over years and you’d of course tease them. But, then when I would turn around you’d give them a candy bar. Even how recently, you made my TrentE giggle. Watch over and squeeze your wife & family tight. I knw with how amazing they are your Grandson will know you as mine know their Grandpa, too. Love you Always!

  12. Fargo ND
    We wish to express our condolences to Mike’s family at this time and ask that God will wrap you in his tender loving care. We will be in FL this next week so will miss the funeral, but our thoughts and prayers will certainly be with you.

    Roger and Mary M.

  13. Hey Eileen – I just found out tonight that Mike passed away. I was speaking with Chuck Sorvaag and he is the one who told me. Last summer I saw him @ Menards and he sounded like the MS was not bothering his feet like it had in past years. What a shock!!! remember the evening by Nodak when you bought a brand new TV and could not get in the trunk of your car. So what did we do to help a friend – We put in the back of our pick-up and hauled it to your home. What a fun time. If I remember right your kids were small – David I think was 10 years old. Mike was always a great person to visit with – very positive and enjoyed the farmstead. To live in the country. Well again I am very sad to hear this news. He was a great friend.

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