June 26, 2015 2:00 PMOur Savior Lutheran Church, Page ND
June 25, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oscar M. England, 91, Page, ND passed gently into the arms of our Lord on June 20, 2015 at the Fargo Regional VA Hospital Palliative Care unit with his family at his side.
Oscar was born on November 7, 1923, one of eight children, on the family farm in Clayton, WI to Jens and Marie England. The family moved to Dallas, WI when he was seven years old. He attended Barron County School through the eighth grade and worked on the family farm. He left home to work for his uncle near Kent, MN.
In 1950, Oscar enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Korea with the 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Silver Star for bravery and two Purple Hearts. He was discharged in 1953, and was a shipyard worker in San Pedro, CA until he moved to Page in 1954 to work on the Harbeke farm. He married Ethel Holbrook in 1959. They had one daughter, Carol, in 1962. Ethel died in 1972. Oscar married Joyce Colligan in 1974.
Oscar took over the water and sewer operations in Page when they were installed in 1962 and was a school bus driver for the Page Public Schools for many years. He continued to work for the community of Page until 1994. He was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts from 1966-1971.
In 1969, he was sworn in as a Cass County Deputy Sheriff and worked for the Sheriff’s Office until he retired in 1987.
Oscar’s life was defined by service to his family, faith, community, and country. Oscar enjoyed visiting family and the many friends he made over the years. He was a master gardener and generously gave away most of the produce and flowers. In honor of the many years of service to the community of Page, he was named Grand Marshall of the Community Days parade, and June 13, 2015 was declared Oscar England Day.
He was proud of his military history and was actively involved in the Marine Corps League, reunions, and bull sessions. He was a 55 year member of American Legion Post #0154, a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Oscar is survived by his daughters Carol (Keith) Murphy, Fargo, Julie (John) Sanderson, Fargo, JoAnn (Wayne) Jorgenson, Hawley, MN, grandchildren Brennan Balog, Rachel Kartes , Cole Kartes, Jeremy Jorgenson, Renek (George) Jorgenson-Massad, Colin (Ivy) Jorgenson and great-grandson Dash Jorgenson.
Oscar was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joyce (2002), brothers Ludwig, Harold, Alfred, Edwin, and Olaf, and sisters Julia Peterson and Alma Nelson.
Oscar’s family is especially grateful for the kindness and care received from the Fargo Regional VA Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
Visitation: 5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.
Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Friday, June 26, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Page with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M.
Burial: Page Cemetery, North Dakota with Military Honors.