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Elwood Ongstad

Jul 31, 2021

Sept. 30, 1952-July 20, 2021

Elwood Ongstad was

born to Orville and Mar-

garet Ongstad in Wolford

ND on September 30,1952

in Rugby ND. He died at

the age of 68 on Tuesday,

July 20, 2021 at his home.

He attended Wolford Pub-

lic School where he gra-

duated in 1972. He at-

tended Wahpeton Techni-

cal College where he

earned a certification in


After living a short time

in Florida, he moved back

home where he worked at

Rugby Manufacturing as a

welder. He married Sheryl

Ongstad on June 6, 1975

and began working with

his Dad on the family

farm. In early 2000s he

worked as a crop adjuster

for Wells Fargo.

Elwood loved the sim-

ple country life and farm-

ing lifestyle. He lived and

took his last breath on the

farm he grew up on. He

loved raising livestock

and he loved taking drives

through the country. To

many he was a soft spo-

ken and kind man. He

taught his children how to

work hard and be respon-

sible. He always said, rais-

ing teenagers were some

of the most enjoyable

times of his life. He loved

having fun with his

grandchildren, taking

them on rides on the trac-

tor and reading their

favorite books. Elwood

was a great father and a

great friend to many in

the community.

He was preceded in

death by: his Dad-Orville

Ongstad, Mom-Margaret

Ongstad, Sister- Donnis

Busch, and Sister-Judith


He is survived by: his

children: Lashawn


Ellingson-Bismarck ND,

Heather (Levi)

Tovar-Altus OK, Crystal


Schmaltz-Bismarck ND,

and his only son Wade

(Rhae Ann)

Ongstad-Sarasota FL,

Grandchildren: Bralyn,

Zayda, Zach, Conner,

Kiefer, Jailee, Destini, Car-

ter, Tayven, Jonah, Jude,

Henrik, and Gunnar.

His family is very grate-

ful to everyone in the

community who helped

him throughout his life,

especially the last few


Memorial services were

held at 2:00 p.m. Satur-

day, July 24 at Ebenezer

Lutheran Church in

Rolette, North Dakota.

Nile Yoder, officiating.

Music by: Levi Tovar.

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:


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