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Published April 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ernest Fadness

Ernest "Ernie" B. Fadness, age 87, a life long resident of Lisbon, ND died at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Ernest Burnell Fadness was born on January 18, 1926 in rural Lisbon, North Dakota to Edward and Bertha (Moen) Fadness. Ernie attended school in Aliceton Township in Ransom County, ND and graduated from Lisbon High School in 1944. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. Ernie enlisted and served in the Navy during WWII from 1944 til 1946. Ernie attended the North Dakota State School of Science for one year. Ernie married Audrey Hoff on October 14, 1949 and they made their home in Lisbon. Ernie was enlisted in the Army Reserve and called up for active duty again during the Korean War from 1950 through 1951.

Ernest Fadness

Ernest "Ernie" B. Fadness, age 87, a life long resident of Lisbon, ND died at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Ernest Burnell Fadness was born on January 18, 1926 in rural Lisbon, North Dakota to Edward and Bertha (Moen) Fadness. Ernie attended school in Aliceton Township in Ransom County, ND and graduated from Lisbon High School in 1944. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. Ernie enlisted and served in the Navy during WWII from 1944 til 1946. Ernie attended the North Dakota State School of Science for one year. Ernie married Audrey Hoff on October 14, 1949 and they made their home in Lisbon. Ernie was enlisted in the Army Reserve and called up for active duty again during the Korean War from 1950 through 1951.

Ernie and Audrey started farming in 1949 in Shenford Township, Ransom County, ND. Their diversified farming operation included one of the first herds of registered Red Angus cattle in the eastern part of North Dakota. Ernie farmed in partnership with his brother in law Wayne Hoff. In 1977 Ernie and his son Bruce farmed together until 1998. Their farming operation was a diversified grain and livestock operation. In the year 2000, Ernie was named Agriculturalist of the Year by the Ransom County Crop and Livestock Association.

Always active in community services, Ernie co-chaired the fund drive for a new building to house the Community Memorial Hospital in Lisbon. Ernie served as the first Chairman of the Board of Lake Agassiz Regional Council which was formed in 1973.

Community businesses and organizations with which Ernie was involved include: Trinity Lutheran Church, Board of Directors for Lisbon First American Bank, FmHA Board, Federal Land Bank Board, Southeast Human Services, Ransom County Township Officers and the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund.

As a Ransom County Commissioner for more than 25 years, Ernie was instrumental in the completion of many beneficial projects, including a county wide road plan and establishment of the National Sun Industries sunflower crushing plant located in Enderlin, ND. He was instrumental in developing the Dead Colt Creek Recreational Area. Ernie served as president of the North Dakota Association of Counties.

Ernie is survived by his wife Audrey, children, Bruce (Deborah,) Myrna (Jack) Lukes, all of Lisbon; Vicki (Don) Hamry, Kindred, ND; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; one brother Duane (Marjorie) Fadness, St. Louis, MO.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers, Joseph "Ole," Seymour, Rueben, Raymond, Donald and one sister, Emma Waloch.

Ernie was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 28th. from 4 - 6 p.m. at Armstrong Funeral Home in Lisbon with Funeral Services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 29th. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisbon.

Funeral Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Lisbon, N.D.

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