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Harold Dale Nystrom

Harold Dale Nystrom passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND.

Harold Dale Nystrom was born July 2, 1937, the only child of Harold and Vera (Brawders) Nystrom in New Rockford, ND.  He lived in Sheldon Township.  Dale attended country school in Sheldon Township and graduated from New Rockford High School in 1955. 

Known as Dale, he belonged to the First Congregational Church where he served on many boards and councils.  He also served as a licensed lay minister through Conservative Congregational Christian Conference and served many small churches throughout central and northern North Dakota.

He was married to Ida Mae Horner on April 8, 1963.  Harold, Edward, James, Glen and Julie were born to this union.  Ida Mae passed away on June 18, 2006.  An only child, he always considered Ida Mae’s siblings as his own.

Dale served as Sheldon Township Supervisor, was a 60 year member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and active in Eddy County Farm Bureau.  He was a member of the Central North Dakota Steam Threshers Association.  He announced the Parade of Engines for many years.  He was a farmer/rancher in Sheldon Township and also worked as a CNA at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd from 1985 until 2008.  He belonged to the Men’s Prayer Breakfast group.  He started writing cowboy poetry and sharing it at Dakota Cowboy Poetry gathering in Medora in 1992.  He later was honored to perform at the National Cowboy Poetry gathering in Elko, Nevada.  He was recognized as “Teddy Roosevelt” in the 4th of July Parade for many years.  He was also known for dancing the polka, which he learned from his mother at Tiffany Hall at the age of six.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, sons, Harold (Kim), Edward (Faye), Glen (Dusti), daughter, Julie (Shane) Dinius, 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, step sons, Michael (Cheri) Nicolai, James (Eliana) Nicolai, Charles Nicolai, Thomas (Nyrie) Nicolai, Christopher (Laura) Nicolai, step daughters, Caryn Woodstead, Maria (Gabe) Gietzen, Nicole (Steve) Scherweit, 30 step grandchildren, sisters in law, Myrna Unger, Harriet Horner, Dorie Horne, Vicky Gerstbrien and brother in law, John Horner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold & Vera Nystrom, his wife, Ida Mae, his son, James, sister in law, Carolyn Horner Sager and brothers in law, Dwight Horner, Andy Horner and Perry Horner.

A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Memorial Service.

His Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 2:30PM at the First Congregational Church, New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be held at the Nystrom Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, ND.

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  2. Sandy and family, our hearts are sad tonight. One of the greatest men I ever have known is gone😥🐴 Thank you all for sharing him all these years. If I was to be asked who would I most likely want to chose as a roll model, That would be Dale🙏💗

  3. Dear Nystrom Family
    Your father was such a humble and loving man as I knew him. So saddened of his passing but he left a lot of good works and words. It was fun being around the Nystroms at Valley City Winter show exhibiting cattle and having fun talking. My condolences and prayers.

  4. Condolences Nystrom family. Always had a comment in the morning as he came to work at LHGS. Glad to see he would be working and missed him when he took vacation for calving season.

  5. Sandie and family, Thoughts and prayers are sent to you and the family.

  6. Nystrom Family.
    Deepest Sympathy.

  7. so sorry to hear about Dale … remember him so well , always with a smile on his face. we purchased his cowboy poetry book, really enjoyed it …. prayers to his family

  8. So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing, what a kind and gentle man; he will certainly be missed. Please know your families will be in our prayers.

  9. Dale was such a wonderful neighbor. He was always smiling and helpful to my dad, CR Nelson, and our family. Prayers for all the family. He will be greatly missed, but, Heaven is his home now.

  10. Sandy and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Dale. Our sympathy to all of you and we will keep you in our prayers.

    Bj and Virg

  11. Nystrom Family,

    Dale was quite a versatile person. From telling stories to dancing, it didn’t matter. He will greatly be missed by so many and remembered by many more.

    RIP Dale

    Kathy and Corey Lesmeister

  12. Dale will be missed. Dale and his mom Vera could really cut a rug dancing and polka. It was fun watching them.
    The Nystrom’s were great friends and customers at my dad’s Harolds Standard Service Station.


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