January 31, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
January 31, 2019
- 12:00 PM
John and Lois Ham left this world together January 26, 2019. Their love for one another and family was unconditional.
John and Lois met at the corner drug store where Lois worked while they both attended North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. They married in 1961 and raised four children in Fargo. They were members of Nativity Catholic Church where they instilled the importance of faith in their children’s lives.
John was born December 22, 1940 in McVille, ND, to John and Selma (Haabak) Ham. He grew up on the family farm near Aneta, ND. John enjoyed playing guitar and recorded and sang love songs for Lois. John sold his favorite cow to purchase Lois’ engagement ring. He worked for IBM for over 20 years. After retiring from IBM, he started his own business, FM Typewriter Service. John had a love for the outdoors including, hunting, fishing, camping, which he passed on to his children. He was an exceptional craftsman, as he could build and fix almost anything. John was selfless and always put others first.
Lois was born July 28, 1938 in Breckenridge, MN to Leo and Henrietta (Lovdokken) Ehlert. She grew up on a farm near Breckenridge, MN. She earned a degree in accounting and after college her life focus was on raising her family with John. Lois had a passion for gardening and was known for her beautiful flowers. She loved cooking and baking. Guests never left her house hungry. Family gatherings and holidays were important to her.
The greatest joy they shared together was their love of their family, especially their grandchildren. They also enjoyed weekly coffee gatherings with their friends.
John and Lois are survived by their children, John (Ann) Ham, Brian (Teresa) Ham, Wayne (Melissa Reardon) Ham, Sandra (Kevin) Hilscher; grandchildren, Matthew (Sasha) and Michael Ham, Rain and Alia Ham, Katie Ham, Samantha, Austin and Sara, Ryan (Marissa) Ham and Amanda Hilscher, April; great-grandchildren, Nellie, Cora, Zander and two great-grandchildren expected in June; John’s sisters; Gloria and Janice; and Lois’ brothers, Loren and Jim.
John and Lois are preceded in death by both of their parents, Lois’ brother, Leroy and sister-in-law, Betty.
A special thanks to the medical team at Essentia Health Cancer Center.
Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Thursday, January 31, 2019, with a funeral service at 12:00 PM.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.