Ernest Boyd “Ernie” Selland
Mar. 22, 1932- Jul. 29, 2017
Ernest Boyd “Ernie” Selland, age 85, died July 29th, 2017 in Minot, North Dakota with his family by his side.
Ernie was born on the Selland farm, Southwest of Rugby, on March 22, 1932. He attended a country school, helped out on the family farm, and graduated from Rugby High School in 1950. He joined the United States Navy and served from January 1951 to December 1954. During the last two years in the Navy, he served with three of his brothers, Omar, Richard, and Dennis, on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge.
After his Navy service, he returned to Minot in 1955, where he started working for Northern States Power Company in the accounting department. In June of 1955, while working at NSP, he met Marilyn Joy Hubbard. They married in Minot at Zion Lutheran Church on August 5th, 1956. He worked at NSP in Minot for 36 years with
the exception of three years at the Minneapolis corporate office as an Internal Auditor. He held several positions within the company, the last being General Manager of
the Minot Division. In 1991, NSP sold the telephone department to Rochester Telephone. Ernie retired from NSP and accepted the position of President and General
Manger of Minot Telephone Company for three years until officially retiring on March 31, 1994.
Ernie and Marilyn had three children; Mark, Brian, and Paula Jo. Together they enjoyed golfing, skiing, biking, walking, attending the Minot Symphony and Arts in the
Park, and playing scrabble. For several years, they spent the winter months in Tucson, Arizona where they made new friends, golfed in the Arizona sunshine and hiked
in Sabino Canyon. Ernie rode the CANDISC, once with Mark and Brian and also with Paula. Ernie loved to stay busy, he was happiest when he had a hammer or paint brush in his hand and was always willing to help. Over a period of the past ten years, Ernie was diligent in his care of Marilyn. She passed away on February 26, 2017.
Ernie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Moose Lodge, the Kiwanis Club, and the American Legion Post #26, all of Minot. He was an active community leader and lifetime volunteer in the Minot area serving on the Scandinavian Heritage Board of Directors, Trinity Health Board, The Minot Chamber of Commerce, the Greater North Dakota Association, the Minot area Development Corporation, the Minot Magic Fund and the North Dakota Telephone Association. He was chairman of the Trinity Foundation, serving 9 years. He was very proud of the Scandinavian Heritage Park, volunteering his time for 21 years until the park development was completed. Ernie was a founding member of the Minot Hockey Boosters. He was the first president and played an important role in the development of hockey in Minot. He was inducted into the Minot Hockey Boosters Hall of Fame in 2002.
After retiring, he became a part of a group of retired executives known as “The Know It Alls”. They met once a week for coffee and spirited discussions about current events, local news, politics, their families, and all things important to them.
Ernie and Marilyn had 6 wonderful grandchildren. They loved watching them grow up, attending their events and activities, supporting their decisions and were eager to see where their lives would take them. Sarah, Leif, Katie, Anja, Emily and Karin have endless admiration for their grandparents, Pop and Grammy.
Ernie is survived by: his sons: Dr. Mark Selland and his wife, Kathy Faryniarz of Anchorage, Alaska; Dr. Brian Selland and his wife Pastor Sharon Baker of Rugby,
North Dakota; daughter: Paula Selland and her husband Mark Hendrickson of Lafayette, Colorado; six grandchildren: Dr. Sarah Hendrickson, Seattle, Washington; Leif Selland, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Katie Hendrickson O’Connell (Sean) Maple Valley, Washington; Anja Selland, Rugby North Dakota, Emily Joy Hendrickson Fort Collins,
Colorado; and Karin Selland of Rugby, North Dakota. His siblings: Mary Ann Loiselle and Jim Selland (Debbie), both of Chandler, Arizona, Robert Selland (Gail) of Leeds, North Dakota. He has several cousins and 24 nieces and nephews.
Ernie was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents Ole and Gladys; and brothers: Omar, Dennis, Larry, and Richard.
Funeral Service: Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park.
Visitation: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 3:00 6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are designated to Zion Lutheran Church, Trinity Foundation, Trinity Hospice and the Scandinavian Heritage Center.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamily-funeralhome.com)
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