November 01, 2020
- 7:00 PM
November 02, 2020
- 10:00 AM
November 02, 2020Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo
Walter Live Streamed Memorial Mass can be viewed below, it will start at 10:00 A.M.:
Walter Oliver Montplaisir, 86, of Fargo, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo due to complications from COVID-19.
Walter was born on March 24, 1934, as the eighth of nine children to Arthur and Bertha (Rivard) Montplaisir. A farm kid, he learned how to work hard early on. The family lived on a farm near Horace, N.D., until 1956, when they moved into Fargo. He met the love of his life, Dorothy Borho, of Wales, N.D., at the Crystal Ball dance hall in June 1957. Walt and his cousin, Gerald Rivard, approached Dorothy and her sister, Myrna, at the dance hall. As they say, the rest is history!
Walt and Dorothy got married two years later on October 3, 1959, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Wales, N.D. Myrna and Gerald, who also married, were in attendance. Walt and Dorothy celebrated 61 years of marriage this year.
Walt worked as a welder at WestGo before becoming a truck driver. He spent 10 years as a welder at WestGo Manufacturing, which he helped unionize. Walt was a proud member of his Local 116 Teamsters Union. A true handyman, his years as a welder inspired him to start making fold-out campers for his family to use. Walt underwent lung surgery in 1969, and his doctor advised against a welding career. He then went on to work for Lewis Trucklines, where he again helped to unionize, until his retirement in 1994.
He loved being outside and cherished spending time with his family. Nothing brought him more joy than all the family time spent camping on weekends and vacations. Walt was an avid hunter and fisherman, and thoroughly enjoyed snowmobiling. He and Dorothy spent many summer days actively fishing in Devils Lake, and this summer was no exception. Many trips and adventures also included their extended family. Walt instilled his same love of nature and work ethic in his family.
A jack-of-all-trades who could fix anything, Walt remodeled every house he ever lived in, including all of his children’s homes. He loved a good joke and spent time with his buddies shaking dice at the KC’s, and later the AmVets in Fargo. Walt was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He stayed active shoveling snow and mowing the lawn until his death. He even shoveled snow from the sidewalk the day before he was hospitalized for a coronavirus infection.
Walter is survived by his wife Dorothy, their five children and 11 grandchildren: Craig (Pam) Montplaisir of Fargo, their children Zach and Carissa Wigginton; Lynette (Ken) Sayler of Horace and their daughter Cassandra (Reece) Vega; Michelle Montplaisir (Jack Parr) and their daughter Chenelle; Jeff (Suzie) Montplaisir of Menoken, N.D., and their children Caden, Katelyn and Kayleigh; and Paul (Lisa) Montplaisir of Harwood and their children Matthew, Sarah, Anna, and Ella. He is also survived by his sisters Medrise Johnson, Kathleen Rasmussen, and June Thies.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and four brothers.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, with a rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery North in Fargo. Masks are required. Both services will be live streamed on Boulger Funeral Home’s website. A Celebration of Life for extended family is being planned for Father’s Day in June of 2021.