Richard Nerlien

Richard Nerlien, age 56, of Fargo, ND, died January 24, 2018, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.

Richard Daniel Nerlien was born on January 10, 1962, in St. Paul, MN, the son of Donald and Carol (Brown) Nerlien. His family moved to Sheyenne, ND, in December 1974, where he attended school. Richard later received his GED. He attended 1st Lutheran Church in Sheyenne where he was confirmed.

Richard was united in marriage to Patty Smith on February 14, 1991, in Sheyenne. They made their home in Devils Lake, New Rockford, and Carrington until 2010 when they moved to Fargo. He had multiple jobs throughout his life, working for Donny Kolstad, Roy Walstrom, Leonardo’s, Dakota Growers Pasta Plant, and for the Union as a Millwright.

Richard loved his family; his children were his pride and joy. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, attending family gathering, camping and going to the casino. He was well liked and everywhere you would go someone knew Richard.

Richard is survived by his wife Patty, Fargo, his children Jeremy, Jade (Brianna Donnan), Tiffany, and Tate, all of Fargo; his mother Carol Nerlien, Sheyenne; 3 brothers, Keith, Sheyenne, Duane (Deb), East Bethel, MN, Robert (Kathy), Columbia Heights, MN; 2 sisters, Kay (Julie) Helland, Devils Lake, ND and Jodi (Gary) Cooper, Sheyenne; mother-in-law Elma Smith, sisters-in-law Deanna, Denise and Pam; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Donny, his brother Dale, and father-in-law Lester Smith



FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 1:00PM in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford

BURIAL: Will be held at a later date.

Posted Condolences:
(Scroll down to send condolence)


Deceased: Richard Nerliien

Name: R&J

Message: Richard u will truly be missed.  Weve only known u and ur wife for about three years now but we have had alot of fun together.   I wish one of us would have been picture takers but the memories I will always cherish.   Me and jan have had so much fun with u and patty these last couple years and with ur family,jeremy Jade,Tiff and Tate. Our prayers go out to u Patty and to ur kids.   I know how hard this must be for u all. It's been hard on us too but cant even ccompare to what u guys must be going through   anything u guys need I'm here for u.  Richard u should have listened to ur wife she tried for how many years to get ur stubborn ass to the dr.   You will be missed buddy!!   Until we meet again ....   


Deceased: Richard Nerliien

Name: Sandy and Kevin

Message: So sorry for your loss Patty   Richard will be missed.   I remember the night we had to go get him out of the snowbank crutches and all.  Lol. All those memories to cherish.  You have been through so much I don't know how u do it.  Our thoughts and prayers to you and your kids. Some off our best times have been with you and Richards family and not in a train pulling way.  Lol!!   Many good memories with you all through the years.  He will be missed!


Name: Cassie

Message: So sorry for your loss Patty I can't even imagine what you and your kids are going through.  If you need anything just ask!    My thoughts and prayers are with you!  


Name: Dona Krahler

Date: 3/17/18

Message: I just saw this now. I am devestated. My thoughts, prayers & love go out to each of you. My fondest memories are of your family.


Name: Patty's coworkers

Message: So sorry Patty for you and  your family's loss.  We got to know Richard from.him bringing you a pop everyday out to work and coming out to work and spending your breaks with you and he was a really good guy and  It was so obvious how much he loved you and your kids it must be so hard on

uyou and your kids  so so sorry for your loss.   Our prayers to you and your



Name: Cindy and Tom

Message: Patty I'm so sorry for ur loss.  U two have been together more years in ur lives then without one another it must be so hard on u.   He was with u more then anyone    u two were soul mates I am so sorry.   I remember the story he always told everyone about the first day he went to sheyenne school in grade school and he saw u and he told his classmate "I'm going to marry that girl" and how he spent his whole check trying to buy your ggarter at ur first wedding    He loved u and your kids so much.  And my heart goes out to all of u at this huge loss  if you need anything you know I'm here for you   I know this is so hard on you and your kids    just remember how much he loved you and you loved him.  U don't stay together thirty some yrs without alot of love. REmember that love



Name: D W A I

Message: Vince Gill / Go rest high on that mountain. So sorry pat & kids. He was a good man



Name: Michele Grager an Family

Message: So sorry for your loss.

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family



Name: Kathy Lill

Date: 01/31/2018

Message: Patty, J and I are so sorry to hear of Richard's passing.  Our prayers are with you and your family.

J and Kathy Lill



Name: Colleen  and Terry

Date: 01/28/2018

Message: so sorry for your loss



Name: LeAnna Kollman

Date: 1/27/2018

Message: Patty, my thoughts and prayers to you and your children.