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Ralph Duursma Jr.

Ralph Duursma Jr. of Carrington, ND passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2023, after a three-year battle with cancer, with family by his side.

Ralph “Bud” was born May 18, 1937, to Ralph and Nellie (Wobbema) Duursma in Carrington, ND. He married the love of his life Irene (Gillig) Duursma on June 22, 1957 in New Rockford, ND. They moved to Brookings, SD for a couple years before returning back to Carrington, ND. Once they returned to Carrington, Ralph was drafted into the US Army from 1960-1962, he was stationed in Fort Davens, Massachusetts and Alaska. After the Army, they made their homes in and around the Carrington area. Ralph was employed at Schultz Lumber for 34 years, he also worked at Robertson Lumber until they closed. He also had his own Construction Company for several years.

Ralph enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, and beer. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, shooting pool and bowling. Most of all, he enjoyed spending the last 66 years with the love of his life, Irene. He also had a very special nephew, Cory, who he and Irene raised from a young age.

He is and will be deeply missed by his wife, Irene of Carrington; special nephew, Cory (Kyu) Morlock of Edinburg, TX; 2 brothers, Hank Duursma of Forman, ND, and Tom (Viv) Duursma of Bismarck, ND; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Sr. and Nellie (Wobbema) Duursma; sister, Dorothy (Duursma) Pretzer and nephews, David and Rick Pretzer, Wayne Pepple and Carl Gillig Jr.

His Visitation will be Saturday, February 11th, from 1:00PM-2:00PM followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, ND.

His Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery at a later date.


Posted Condolences:


  1. To Irene, Cory and family. Thoughts hugs and prayers to you all for comfort and peace. Uncle Bud didn’t mind me calling him that. His hugs and smiles were enormous. He treated me like a niece too.Fly high Uncle Bud until we meet again. Rip Here for you all if anybody needs anything during this time. Love all.

  2. Irene, it saddens me we both lost our best friends and partners in our lives so close together. Bud was a good man who I got to know very early in my life and enjoyed the time we worked together. It comforts me Bud and Barb will take this heavenly highway trip together and we will someday, all be together again.

  3. So sorry for your loss Irene. Bud was a great neighbor and friend in Bordulac! He will be missed.

  4. Irene,
    I am sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a life long companion and you two were a great couple.

  5. Irene, I just came across this in the Jamestown Sun… so sorry to hear about Bud… you both were great friends of my folks when you were living at the old farmstead… wow, so long ago… my thoughts and prayers go out to you and Cory also.


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