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Published January 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Howard Black

Howard Black, 85, finally got his wish to “go home” surrounded by his family at his north Fargo home Thursday, January 9th 2014.

Howard Earl Black was born June 24th, 1928 to Clifford and Lotty (Bjugstad) Black in the village of Venlo, Ransom County, North Dakota. He went to rural one-room elementary schools, and earned $2 a month for his family by carrying a bucket of water to the school daily, occasionally arriving with the water frozen over. Eventually the family moved to Anselm, and Howard went to high school in Sheldon, ND, where he played basketball, football and baseball for the Sheldon Shadows. He graduated in 1946, and was the valedictorian of his class.

Howard Black

Howard Black, 85, finally got his wish to “go home” surrounded by his family at his north Fargo home Thursday, January 9th 2014.

Howard Earl Black was born June 24th, 1928 to Clifford and Lotty (Bjugstad) Black in the village of Venlo, Ransom County, North Dakota. He went to rural one-room elementary schools, and earned $2 a month for his family by carrying a bucket of water to the school daily, occasionally arriving with the water frozen over. Eventually the family moved to Anselm, and Howard went to high school in Sheldon, ND, where he played basketball, football and baseball for the Sheldon Shadows. He graduated in 1946, and was the valedictorian of his class.

He married Lois Scilley October 14th, 1950 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sheldon. He apprenticed as a blacksmith, and worked on various farms until they moved to Fargo in 1953. He then became the bus driver and custodian at Holy Spirit church/school. He also ran the concession stand for Holy Spirit at Barnett baseball field in north Fargo. In 1957 he became the owner/operator of the Broadway Phillips service station at 1462 Broadway, which he continued to operate until 1979. In “retirement”, he did bookwork for his son and daughter-in-law at Downtown Photo, as well as driving tractors for Dullea Farms near Georgetown, MN. He and Lois did manage to squeeze in some adventures, visiting Europe and Hawaii in their travels. He was a longtime member of the Fargo Knights of Columbus, Edgewood Golf Course Men's Club and of the Holy Spirit Parish.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Lois, his children, Mary (James) Shaw, Michael Black, Kathy (David) Dahlsad, and Kevin (Ruth Johnson) Black, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and four step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Evelyn Seigel (Moorhead, MN) and brother Curtis Black (Lisbon, ND). He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Gloria Trevino and brothers Arden and Edward Black.

Visitation will be held at Boulger Funeral Home on Monday, January 13th at 6 p.m., followed by the Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Tuesday, January 14th at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross North Cemetery.

The family is grateful for, and wishes to thank, his extended Holy Spirit Church Family, Hospice of the Red River Valley and all the medical professionals that made possible the “extra” years we had with him.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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