|Ragnvald, N. Aaker, 81|
|Written by TRF Times|
Grand Forks, N.D. - Ragnvald Nathaniel Aaker, age 81, of Grand Forks, N.D., died on Wednesday, February 2, 2005.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 5 at Faith Evangelical Free Church of Grand Forks, N.D. Interment will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Hatton, N.D., in the Spring of 2005.
He was born on October 28, 1923, the 10th son of Gustav Alfred and Anna Sophia (Koldingness) Aaker. He grew up on the family farm near Hatton, N.D. He received his education in Hatton, graduating from Hatton High School in 1941.
In November 1942, at age 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for three years. He served as flight engineer/ top-turret gunner with a B17 air crew stationed in Italy. He was discharged in December 1945 at the end of WWII.
Ragnvald returned home to farm with his brothers in the Hatton and Crookston areas. In 1947 he met Lillian Anderson of Erskine. They were married in 1950. They have one daughter, Mary and one son, David.
In 1964 he moved from Crookston with his family to St. Hilaire. He farmed there until 1967, when he was appointed Post-master at the St. Hilaire Post Office. In 1975 he was transferred to the post office in Northwood, N.D., where he remained until his retirement in 1981.
Following retirement, he and Lillian moved to Grand Forks.
Ragnvald’s greatest pleasure was his involvement in his church, teaching Sunday school and serving on the board. The main focus and passion of his life was his savior, Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian of Grand Forks, N.D.; daughter, Mary (Bart) Anderson and children Carl, Leif (Joey), Kaia and Joel; son, David (Sheryl Ann) Aaker and children, Stephanie, Kaitlin and Tage; sister-in-law, Marion Aaker; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gust and Anna; his brothers, Edmund (Josephine), Irvin (Clara), Herman (Esther), Garvin, Erick, Rudolph, Oliver, Frederick and Marvin; two infant brothers and one infant sister.