January 1, 1970 ~ June 6, 2005
Selmer N. Jordheim, 90, Mesa AZ, formerly of Walcott, ND died June 6, 2005 in Mesa. His funeral will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Fargo, ND on June 27th at 11:00 a.m. There will be a visitation at the Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred on June 27th from 5-7 p.m. followed by a prayer service.
Selmer was born on the family farm near Walcott, ND on January 28, 1915. His parents were Nels and Sissel Jordheim. He had six brothers and one sister all of whom have preceded him in death. He was educated in the Viking Township School and attended the Wahpeton School of Science. On May 19, 1940 he married Delia Grinaker. Together they raised three children on their family farm. Delia passed away in March of 2000 after 60 years of marriage. On April 4, 2002 Selmer married Eleanor Dabulis of Mesa, AZ. They lived in Sunland Village.
Selmer loved to play baseball as a youth and was a pitcher in the Southern ND League. He was a member of the Walcott Lutheran Church and promoted their annual lutefisk dinner on the radio. He was the master of ceremonies of the Richland County March of Dimes talent show and the North Dakota Crop Show in Wyndmere.
He loved the land and volunteered his services at the Crop Improvement Board, the Garrison Conservancy District, the ND Farm Bureau and many other organizations that promoted agriculture. He received a number of recognitions for his farm and ranch practices and was honored for his many volunteer activities.
Selmer had a great sense of humor and was well known as an entertainer and Emcee at banquets, conventions and nursing homes in ND, SD and MN. When he retired he moved to Mesa, AZ where he played a mouth organ and told Norwegian jokes with the Tower Point Harmonica Band. He coordinated the monthly ND Breakfast at Sunland Village and was heard broadcasting live every week on KFGO radio. His show was called the ?News & Views from Arizona? was filled with humor and a little bit of factual information. The ?Wild Norwegian from Walcott? was always on the go looking for a new challenge and a way to help his fellow man.
He is survived by his second wife Eleanor (Dabulis) Jordheim of Mesa, AZ., his three children, Sharon (Roman) Rezac, Gary (Lois) Jordheim and Neil (Nancy) Jordheim all of Fargo, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to the Walcott Cemetery Fund or Hospice.
Arrangements by Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com