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Melvin T. Skjerseth

November 20, 1932 ~ December 25, 2020 (age 88)


Melvin T. Skjerseth, age 88, resident of Lakota, ND, died Friday, December 25, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society in Lakota.

Melvin was born November 20, 1932 near Brocket, ND, in the farm home of his parents, Torvald and Marie (Stokke) Skjerseth.  He was baptized and confirmed at Hoff Lutheran Church.  He attended the Newbre Township School and graduated from Brocket High School in 1950.  He then began farming, with his father at first, eventually taking over operation of the family farm.  Melvin married Ruth (Eliason) Tweed on July 1, 1967 in Devils Lake, ND.  To this union one child was born, Carlen.  The family lived and farmed near Brocket until September of 1976 when they moved to Lakota.  They continued farming until 1997.  For several years Melvin worked for the SunLac Inn during the winter months.  Ruth died January 17, 2016.  Melvin continued living in his home until he moved to the Good Samaritan Society in September of this year.  Over the years Melvin served on the Newbre Township Board, the Brocket Equity Elevator Board, the Hoff Cemetery Board, and the Lakota Lutheran Church Council.  He was very active in his churches, both in Brocket and Lakota.  Melvin enjoyed coffee with all of his friends.  He was a man of quiet faith and will be missed by many.

Melvin will be deeply missed by 3 daughters, Reuchele (Mark) Hadrava of Detroit Lakes, MN, Rhona (Timothy) Crone of Gillette, WY, and Carlen (Matthew) Hone of Carrington, ND; 6 grandchildren, Samuel, Sarah & Sonya Crone, and Bella, Emma & Justin Hone; 2 sisters, Gunhild Schmidt of Lakota, ND and Linda (Dennis) Graham of Manhattan, KS; and numerous nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents, Torvald & Marie; an infant daughter, Tonya; 4 brothers, Ralph Toren, Donald, Knut, and John Allen; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Schmidt and Carol in infancy.

Services for Melvin will be held at a later date, with burial in the Hoff Cemetery, rural Brocket, ND.

Condolences may be sent to Carlen Hone, 700 – 4th Street S. Carrington, ND 58421.

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