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David Offerdahl

May 19, 1944 - October 30, 2013


4-6 PM Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo

2-3:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Martin's Lutheran Church, Casselton.

Funeral Service:

3 PM Sunday, November 3,2013 at Martin's Lutheran Church, Casselton


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

David Offerdahl

May 19, 1944 - October 30, 2013


David A. Offerdahl, age 69, Casselton, ND, died Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Luther Memorial Home, Mayville, ND, after a fourteen-year struggle with frontal temporal dementia.

David was born May 19, 1944, the son of Oscar and Lillie (Smestad) Offerdahl at Northwood, ND.  On August 22, 1969, David married Pamela Bakkum at Mayville, ND.  They were blessed with two sons, Corey and Brent.

He graduated from Hillsboro High School and Mayville State College, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and physical science in 1966.  David taught a combined 35 years in Braddock, ND, Aiken, MN, Mandaree, ND, and Casselton, ND, in addition to coaching junior high sports and Babe Ruth baseball.

David enjoyed attending his sons’ school activities.  He was an avid reader and also enjoyed his time fishing at Island Lake, golfing, dancing, cooking, and attending sporting events.  He was a member of Martin’s Lutheran Church serving on the church council and teaching Sunday School.

David is survived by his wife, Pam; sons, Corey (Judie) and granddaughters, Ella and Annelise, Circle Pines, MN and Brent (Dena), Buffalo, MO; brothers, Gaylor and Roger; sisters, Darlene Garrett and Margie Devlin; step-brothers, Lyle, Ronald, Darrell, Leslie, and Roger Rotvold; step-sister, Janice Elkins; sisters-in-law, Kathy Offerdahl and Jackie Melland; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister; brother, Lyle; step-father, Paul Rotvold; nieces, Angie Garrett, Tamra Mahone, and nephew, Jeffrey Offerdahl.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Luther Memorial Home, Mayville or Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota, 7900 West 78th St, Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55439.


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  1. Kay (Chandler) Malme says:

    I was so sorry to hear about David. I have thought of you often since we last talked (which has been some time now). You have been in my prayers and will continue to be. (a memorial has been sent to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. in David’s name.)

    Kay (Chandler) Malme

  2. Connie Anderson says:

    Hillsboro ND
    Pam, So sorry for your loss but good to know David is finally free of the disease that plagued him for so many years. He was always pleasant, with a smile and had time to visit. Many good high school memories for many of us. May your many good memories and God’s promise be comforting at this time of loss and in the days to come. Extending our sympathy, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    A memorial is sent to the Mayville Nursing Home in David’s memory.

    Connie & Roger Anderson

  3. Jerry Sinner says:

    Brainerd Minnesota
    Pam & family,

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. David was such a big influence in my life and I have many wonderful memories of his support and help through the years at Casselton. May he rest in Peace and may you have comfort in knowing how much he has meant to so many lives. God Bless.
    Jerry (’79) & Clare Sinner

  4. Cheryl Buzick says:

    Mason, Ohio Pam,
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family….May many happy memories comfort you.

  5. Wayne Rohman says:

    Fargo ndPam, I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy. May you find comfort in your memories.

  6. Jim Sinner says:

    Nelson New ZealandDavid was a terrific math teacher – patient, humorous and interested in every student. Forty years later, I can still remember his smile. Rest in peace, David.

  7. Shelly (Kruckenberg) Wiedrich says:

    Bismarck ND
    Pam & Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband/father/grandfather. Know that he is in a much better place now.

  8. Amy Knight Byars says:

    It was such a pleasure to care for David. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Alexia Kieffer says:

    Wheatland ND
    I am so sorry. I found out about Davids death after the funeral, or I would have been there. You are all in my prayers.P

  10. Nicki (Calderwood) Sommers says:

    Our sympathy goes out to the Offerdahl family! Mr. Offerdahl was an awesome teacher!! He made math interesting and a class I enjoyed! Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!

  11. Paul McNamee says:

    St. Paul MN
    My deepest sympathies following the passing of your father. May he rest in pease and my you find confort in your memories. Sounds like he was a great man. Your father and your family are in our prayers.

  12. Peggy Grawe Dahl says:

    Mesa AzDear Pam….I met an acquaintance of yours from Casselton today….and I asked about David only to be told of his death….I am so sad for you and your boys….Please know I hold you in thought and prayer….Love, Peggy Grawe Dahl

  13. Stephanie Baasch says:

    Bufflo ND
    I taught with Dave at CCHS beginning in 1994– such a sweetheart. I used to tease him and say if there is a blizzard and I can’t go home, I was coming to stay with him and I wanted satin sheets. He would smile and say your wish shall be granted. The struggles are over for him and for the family. Peace to all.

  14. Chris Olson says:

    Wadena MN

    My sympathy to you at this sad time. Although we never met, we communicated a number of times, as our husbands shared the same diagnosis. My husband, Roger, died four years ago, after suffering from Picks disease for ten years. Our journeys were so similar with our husbands being the same age, both were teachers, Scandinavian and Lutheran.

    I’m sure that this is a time of great sadness for you, but also a time of relief. Knowing that David no longer suffers from this undeserved disease has to bring you peace.

    I would like to hear from you, Pam, when time and energy allow. In the meantime, know that you are in my prayers. God speed.

    Chris Olson

  15. Ronald and Lillette Bommer says:

    West Fargo ND
    Pam sorry we could not attend the gathering today, Saturday, as we already had an out of town engagement. We do send our sincere wishes to you and the family in your loss of David.
    What a loving promise is contained in the Bible at John 5:28-29. A wonderful hope for the future, to see David once again. The joy of being able to dance once again with David, and him having the joy of two granddaughters. The Bible holds the truth about life and death and answers all of the why questions also. With care and concern, Ron and Lillette

  16. Larry & Vebra Binford says:

    Darlington INPam, Corey, Judie & girls, Brent & Dena
    Our deepest sympathy. Wish we were there to give you all hugs. Vacations are special because of friendships made and we will cherish those memories of fishing on Island Lake.
    Our love, Larry & Vebra Binford
    Isaiah 26:4

  17. Jacqueline Line says:

    He was the best math teacher I ever had.

  18. Mike and Angela Lee says:

    You were a great teacher Mr. Offerdahl! I am sure you are looking down from above with your coffee cup in hand, amazed at all the people you have impacted. Rest in peace.

  19. Paula Mehmel says:


    I have been holding you and your family in prayer since I heard if David’s death. I will never forget him singing in worship on Chrisymas Eve as those songs of faith never left him. You embodied faithfulness as a partner to David and as I mourn for you I rejoice in the faithfulness of A God who never forgot David. I will be giving a gift to the Alzheimer’s association in memory of David and in honor of you.

    Peace, Pastor Paula

  20. Keith & Marlene Falconer says:

    Richville Minnesota
    Pam & Family,

    Marlene and I send our prayers and sympathy during this difficult time for you and your family. We remember many wonderful times during our High School years. God Bless you.

    Keith & Marlene Falconer

  21. kathy erickso says:

    alexandria mnPam, i am so sorry for your loss. You and Dave were the cutest couple! Hard to believe that we are losing our friends and spouses. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kathy

  22. Carla Luckie says:

    Buffalo OKPam, Corey, Judie, Brent & Dena
    Even though we are not there in person know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. David was a wonderful man and will be truly missed. He always made us feel welcomed when we would come up to visit. Remember the memories it helps keep him in your heart and helps with the pain of loosing a loved one. We love you! Carla, Shawn, Madison, Allyson and Braeden

  23. Nancy Pearson says:

    Minot ND
    Mother (Edythe Nelson of Casselton, now with me in Minot) and I send our thoughts and prayers to the family. Mother has fond memories of working with David at the church.

  24. DeAnn Grommesh says:

    Casselton ND
    Rest in peace, Mr. Offerdahl. You were a wonderful teacher, always kind and patient. Sympathy to Pam and boys. Jeff & DeAnn Grommesh

  25. Don and Linda Cochrane says:

    Burnsville MN
    We will miss Dave. Both Linda and I have fond memories of Dave and Pam.

    Don and Linda Cochrane

  26. Jerry Offerdahl says:

    Milaca MN
    Sorry for your loss.

  27. Carroll Schumar Millikan says:

    Forestville CAPam, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing I could be there. David remains that sweet, handsome, intelligent young man in my memory.

  28. Jane (Skarvold) Kjosen says:

    Trabuco canyon CaWhat a patient and caring person. He got me thru algebra, and that in itself was a feat! Awesome teacher, and inspirational man. I’m sure he now can remember what dementia had taken away! Jane CCHS ’79.

    Ps. I am sending a memorial to Alzheimer’s association in davids name. (My dad has Alzheimer’s too).

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