Oscar England

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Oscar M. England, 91, Page, ND passed gently into the arms of our Lord on June 20, 2015 at the Fargo Regional VA Hospital Palliative Care unit with his family at his side. Oscar was born on November 7, 1923, one of eight children, on the family farm in Clayton, WI to Jens and Marie England. The family moved to Dallas, WI when he was seven years old. He attended Barron County School through the eighth grade and worked on the family farm. He left home to work for his uncle near Kent, MN. In 1950, Oscar enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Korea with the 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Silver Star for bravery and two Purple Hearts. He was discharged in 1953, and was a shipyard worker in San Pedro, CA until he moved to Page in 1954 to work on the Harbeke farm. He married Ethel Holbrook in 1959. They had one daughter, Carol, in 1962. Ethel died in 1972. Oscar married Joyce Colligan in 1974. Oscar took over the water and sewer operations in Page when they were installed in 1962 and was a school bus driver for the Page Public Schools for many years. He continued to work for the community of Page until 1994. He was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts from 1966-1971. In 1969, he was sworn in as a Cass County Deputy Sheriff and worked for the Sheriff’s Office until he retired in 1987. Oscar’s life was defined by service to his family, faith, community, and country. Oscar enjoyed visiting family and the many friends he made over the years. He was a master gardener and generously gave away most of the produce and flowers. In honor of the many years of service to the community of Page, he was named Grand Marshall of the Community Days parade, and June 13, 2015 was declared Oscar England Day. He was proud of his military history and was actively involved in the Marine Corps League, reunions, and bull sessions. He was a 55 year member of American Legion Post #0154, a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. Oscar is survived by his daughters Carol (Keith) Murphy, Fargo, Julie (John) Sanderson, Fargo, JoAnn (Wayne) Jorgenson, Hawley, MN, grandchildren Brennan Balog, Rachel Kartes , Cole Kartes, Jeremy Jorgenson, Renek (George) Jorgenson-Massad, Colin (Ivy) Jorgenson and great-grandson Dash Jorgenson. Oscar was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joyce (2002), brothers Ludwig, Harold, Alfred, Edwin, and Olaf, and sisters Julia Peterson and Alma Nelson. Oscar’s family is especially grateful for the kindness and care received from the Fargo Regional VA Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Visitation: 5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Friday, June 26, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Page with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M. Burial: Page Cemetery, North Dakota with Military Honors.

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  1. To Oscar’s Family: I am saddened to learn this morning of Oscar’s death. You have my deepest sympathy. Oscar and I became great friends when we were in the Marine Corps League together. He was so proud of the article I wrote about him in The Scuttlebutt. I remember when I had him autograph a photo for me, he said he spent the prior evening practicing his signature. What a gem of a fellow. Several years ago I displayed his Dress Blues on a full sized mannequin and he stopped by my home to see the display. He was so happy to see the display and so proud that his uniform was displayed. However, it was me that was honored for the privilege of displaying his uniform. Oscar was a real American hero. His actions in Korea earned him the Silver Star. He was so humble about it. I feel very fortunate that our paths crossed in this lifetime. I am a better person for having known Oscar. I will miss him. Another Marine called home. Rest well my friend. Semper Fi. Dan Schwandt

  2. I have known Oscar for many years-he was a good friend to my parents. We used to meet him at Devils Lake for the bull session every year since 2006 and always spent time with him. He was such a proud Marine serving his country with so much pride and always a gentleman and a gentle man. Loved by all. Will miss his visits for years at my home in Fargo and calling me on the phone and asking if I had the coffee pot on and I would say sure come on over when you get in from Page and he would say I am in your driveway. Could not have asked for a better friend. Will miss him. Bless the daughters and their families.

  3. So sorry to hear about Oscar’s death. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Oscar was such a kind man who always had a smile on his face. We really miss seeing him around Page. Hoping all of your memories will fill your hearts and ease the pain of his loss.

  4. So sorry to hear about Oscar’s passing. I used talk and confide in him quite often when I lived in Page. He was always kind and understanding. He will surely be missed. God rest his soul.

  5. I bought the Ford dealership in Page in 1979. One of the first person in met was Oscar England. We worked together on some projects in town. I really enjoyed working and talking with him. He will be missed. RIP.
    God bless the family!!
    Orlin Rud

  6. Met Oscar when his brother, Al, married my sister in 1947. He was the one who always had a big smile and friendly comments about everything. A truly kind and thoughtful gentleman.
    Should be remembered as a good example of honor and patriotism.

    Maury and Edith (Zimmerman) Bergh

  7. Oscar was always there for us. From the time we were in Boy Scouts and growing up through high school. He set a good example for all of us. He truly cared for Page and the people that lived there. There were several times he stopped us in our high school years when we were out misbehaving and he made sure that we got home safely. Thank you Oscar for all that you did for us. Now that I have grown up and am a veteran myself, I realize what a sacrifice he made for his country and his community. God bless you Oscar and your family. May you rest in peace.

  8. May God bless you and keep you my friend. You have a special place in my heart. You will always be my mentor. I have always tried to follow the advice you have me as a young boy.

  9. I got to know Oscar when he was with the sheriff’s department, got a lecture or two but never a ticket. He enjoyed getting to know the people he served and was always the same person every time I saw him. Wish I had seen more of him after he retired, he will be missed. Jim Holtse Jr, Hunter, ND.

  10. It was a joy taking care of your dad he was such a nice man.My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Vicki W

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with Oscar England’s family during the days of mourning and celebration of his life on earth.

    We worked together when Cass County night and overnight shifts were patrolled by as few Sheriff’s Department cars and as many as three or four Deputies. Oscar was the farthest from the Sheriff’s Department office in Fargo. As a result, he often patrolled half of Cass County by himself which included the Interstate Highway and the towns of Page, Tower City, Buffalo, Arthur, Hunter, Casselton.

    Oscar had the perfect demeanor to be a law enforcement officer. He had served his country with the Marine Corps in Korea and had a wonderful disposition to handle any law enforcement situation that came his way. Oscar was always in control of whatever situation he encountered while on or off duty.

    Rest in peace my friend. You are an American hero.


  12. Oscar always greeted me with a smile and a firm handshake. He picked me up a few times for misbehaving but never wrote me a ticket. He would say the next time he will throw the book at me. But he never did. It has been an honor to know this man. He is a true hero.

  13. I was sorry to read of Oscars passing . I will always remember the smile he had for everyone. Whenever I think of Page he is the person that to me represented the town. He will be missed.

  14. I was proud to be your sister in law. We all had a lot of fun. May you rest in peace after your long and honorable journey.
    Florence (Al) England

  15. I worked with Oscar at Cass County S O. I thought Of him as a thoughtful and kind person. His kind hearted ways will be missed. Rest in Peace Good and Faithful Servant.

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