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Lawrence R. Sailer

March 25, 2018


June 28, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Memorial Service

June 28, 2018
- 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Lawrence R. Sailer

March 25, 2018


Lawrence Robert Sailer, 84 of Fargo, ND. with all his 7 children at his side went home to the Lord on Palm Sunday, Mar 25th, 2018 to be with his beloved wife, family, friends and all others who have died before him. Our heartfelt appreciation to all those who cared for him at the Fargo Veteran’s Hospital, Hospice and Palliative care and of course everyone who prayed for him and our family during this time.

He was born Aug 15th, 1933 to Jack and Lydia (Horning) Sailer in rural Mercer County near Stanton, North Dakota and in 1946 the family moved to Marion, ND. In the fall of 1952 he met, fell in love and married “Elsie” (Elsbeth Hazel Alber) on May 28, 1953 and remained in marriage for nearly 60 years until her untimely passing in Jan 2013.
Lawrence was a decorated and proud veteran who served during the Korean War with the 5th Armored Division as a cannoneer, assigned as the lead tank driver for his brigade from 1953 to1955 until his return home where he transferred to the US Army reserves to conclude his 8 years of military service.

After arriving home from the service, they stayed in Litchville, ND. until late spring of 1955 before moving near Benson corner in LaMoure County, ND. where they stayed and farmed until moving to Valley City, ND. in 1959. While in Valley City, he worked for H.A. Beyer and Son’s Ready Mix for 11 ½ years and then owned and operated Sailer Construction for over 9 years until semi-retiring and moving to Fessenden, ND. then to Fargo, ND. where both Lawrence and Elsie attended Moler Barber College obtaining a master’s degree in cosmetology. After completing a two-year apprenticeship in 1989, Lawrence started Towne Barber Shop located on 122 23rd Street South in Fargo and Elsie joined him soon after which they owned and operated together for next 23 years before he eventually permanently retired after 25 years and selling in 2014.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, Pastor Bill Boelter, Officiating and he will be laid to rest with his wife, Elsbeth at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND. at 1:00 PM Friday, June 29th, 2018. He leaves behind his 7 children: Barbara (Brian) Kunda, Olympia, WA; Diane (Dale) Rosenberg, New Rockford, ND; Kathy Hovland, Fargo, ND; Kevin (Karen) Sailer, Huson, MT; Larry (Danette) Sailer, Clovis, CA; Scott (Carmen) Sailer, Modesto, CA; Jeffrey Sailer, West Fargo, ND.

18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 5 sisters: Laura Anvik, Yvonne Kluever, Mayda Mueller, Margie Schelske and Francis Zimmerman. 3 Brothers: Clifford, Delmar and Marlyn Sailer.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Elsbeth; Parents: Jack and Lydia Sailer; 2 Sisters: Irene and Verna and 5 brothers: Erhardt, Donald, Arnold, Vernon and Armond Sailer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Wishes on Wings for our veterans.


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7 responses to “Lawrence Sailer”

  1. Clint and Diane Lehmann says:

    Dale and Diane: Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. He was such a fighter and one tough cookie. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hold you near and dear to our hearts Dear Friends.

  2. Mamie Baker says:

    This wonderful man will be missed by so many people.

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  4. Rose Abraham says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  5. Corky Hintz says:

    My deepest sympathy too all of you. Lawrence and Elsie were good friends/neighbors in Valley City, ND for many years. Many good memories of the old neighborhood. Hugs to all!

  6. Colleen Sinkler says:

    Diane and Dale, so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. York and Colleen

  7. Chad Tosterud says:

    I had the privilege of meeting Larry when he purchased my Grandfathers barbershop. And for the next 25 years he and Elsie cut my hair. Larry was only the second barber to primarily cut my hair. A barber is not just a barber, but a relationship, and Larry was no exception to this. A barbershop is not just a place, but a destination, where people meet and converse. Anticipated visits were enjoyable, where time was spent beyond getting a haircut to include catching up on personal business, and discussions on social and political issues to mention a few. Larry will be missed by many, but I know I too will miss our conversations and his skill in providing an awesome haircut and great experience.

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