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Ilert Spelhaug

September 11, 1917 - October 18, 2010


5-6:30 P.M. Thursday, October 21 in Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred ND.

10:30-11:30 A.M. Friday, October 22 in Kindred Lutheran Church, Kindred ND.

Prayer Service:

6:30 P.M. Thursday, October 21 in Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred ND.

Funeral Service:

11:30 A.M. Friday, October 22 in Kindred Lutheran Church, Kindred ND.


Gol Cemetery, rural Kindred.


Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred ND.

Ilert Spelhaug

September 11, 1917 - October 18, 2010


Ilert  Spelhaug, 93, formerly Kindred, ND, passed away Monday, October 18, 2010 at Bethany on 42nd .

Ilert Loren Spelhaug was born on September 11, 1917 to Lars and Mina (Fingerson) Spelhaug near Wyndmere, ND. He attended Garborg Township School for eight years and graduated from Wyndmere High School. Ilert then attended Hanson Auto School of Fargo. He worked with George Flagstad on road construction until 1944 when he entered the army and served in the South Pacific. Ilert was chosen by his platoon to represent them at General Eisenhower’s victory parade in New York City in June of 1945.  On June 16, 1948, Ilert married Lorraine Grant at the Gol Lutheran Church, Kindred, ND.  They began farming at Walcott, ND, and continued to farm at Kindred, ND until his retirement.  They moved to Fargo in 2004.  Ilert served many years on the council at Gol Lutheran Church and as a board member for Barrie Township and Kindred Oil.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine;  Son Terry (Carlotta) Spelhaug;  daughters, Renee (Stephen) Anderson and Loree Gauffin;  grandchildren, Adam (Nicole) Spelhaug, Tyler Anderson, Taya Spelhaug, Ashley (Michael) Cassel;   great-Grandchildren, Ava, Grant, Izaak and Sydney Spelhaug and baby Cassel due in December;  brother, Glennis Spelhaug; sisters Glenda (Charles) Clark and Marjorie (Milton) Layton; and  Sister-in-law, Ethel Spelhaug.

Preceded in death by:  his parents, Lars & Mina Spelhaug and son-in-law, David Gauffin, 5 sisters, 4 brothers, 5 brothers-in-laws and 4 sisters-in-laws.  


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  1. Arla Mae Discher says:

    Clinton, MN
    To the Family

    You have my sympathy on the passing of Ilert. A card is in the mail, but I failed to relate that he and I had the same birthday. Ther day that now the world will never forget. Ilert farmed adjacent to my dad, Norris Hagen, and I know they had some good field conversations. Blessings to the family as you grieve your loss. Arla Mae

  2. Paul and Sara Vukelich Emma and Seth says:

    Bismarck ND
    To the Spelhaug family…we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Iilert. He had such a sense of humor. We are very sorry we could make it for the services but the whole family was in our thoughts and prayers all day and for the days to come as you all come to find the comfort in knowing he is comfortable. Just remember that Harriet is keeping close tabs on him! We have had a difficult year in now the passing of two wonderful people but know that the angels will hold both tightly and take care of them in ways we never could! God bless from our family to yours.

  3. Jean Lovdokken Iverson says:

    Decorah IAMy brother Ogden and I were just
    on the phone remembering Ilert and all of the Spelhaug family that were our neighbors on the farm. Later we enjoyed George
    and Serena Flagstad as special
    neighbors in Wyndmere.
    Wonderful memories of special
    people. We send our sympathy to all the family.

  4. Lynn Hanson says:

    Fargo ND
    My deepest sympaty in the passing of Ilert.Terry as you know your Dad and I had many conversation on and off the farm.He was a true Gentleman.

  5. Stan & Carol Andvik says:

    Fargo ND
    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to your family.

  6. David Otterson says:

    Blooming Prairie MN
    Ilert was a great friend and neighbor to our family. My father and Ilert farmed and raised Hereford cattle and helped each other with several farming activities. I have fond childhood memories of fall silage cutting, herding the cattle to pasture, and vaccinating the calves. I especially remember the many times meeting Ilert on the gravel road and his trademark one finger wave with his hand staying on the steering wheel. Our family and especially my dad couldn’t have asked for a better friend and neighbor. Ilert was there to do chores when we went on vacation and there to weld a part when it got broken. He’ll be missed and I know dad and him are cutting silage together & looking over there herds together in heaven. The Otterson and Spelhaug families aren’t related by blood, but we hold a closer bond than most. David Otterson

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