Lars L. Borgen,
age 75, resident of rural Niagara, ND, died Tuesday,
February 16, 2010 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks,
Leo Borgen was born February 2, 1935 in Fosston, MN,
the son of Leo and Almira (Vezina) Borgen. He was raised
on the Borgen family farm near Niagara. He attended
the Adler Township School and also the Aneta school.
He farmed with his father, eventually taking over the
farming operation. Lars married Shirley Hulick in April
of 1965 at Fosston, MN. They continued farming on the
family farmstead, and began farming together with their
son, Ronald. Lars was a talented musician. He played
with the Al Roland band for over 22 years, and also
played with his best friend, Leslie Adamson, for many
years, most recently he played with his daughter, Glenna.
Lars was a member for many years of the Adler Township
Board, the Lom Lutheran Church and Cemetery Board, the
Sons of Norway, and Knights of Pythias. He enjoyed farming,
music, antiques, steam engines, and steam & threshing
shows. Over the years Lars had been a member of, and
attended, many steam association and historical shows
throughout the region. He also operated the engines
at these events.
is survived by his wife, Shirley Borgen of Niagara;
3 children, Leo Lars Borgen of Washburn, ND, Ronald
Glenn Borgen of Niagara, and Glenna Rae Borgen (Clayton
Nelson) of Grand Forks; 2 brothers, Joe (Leona) Borgen
of East Grand Forks, MN and Dennis (Geraldine) Borgen
of Niagara; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
was preceded in death by his parents and a brother,
Funeral Service will be held at the Lom Lutheran Church,
rural Niagara, on Monday, February 22, 2010 at 1:00
p.m. Officiating will be the Reverend Renee MacLeod.
The organist will be Sylvia Madson and the soloist will
be Don Larson. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
The casketbearers will be Glynn Orwick, Rod Meyer, Bob
Meyer, Dennis Borgen, John Northrop, and Clayton Nelson.
The honorary bearers will be Vernon Japel, Ray Smude,
Ervin “Buckshot” Johnson, Lee Whitmore, Larry Hagan,
and all of Lars' friends, family and neighbors. Visitation
will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, ND,
on Sunday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service
at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church
on Monday for 1 hour prior to the service.