Earl Grise, 98, of Devils Lake, ND, and formerly of Leeds, ND, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Earl Grise, 98, of Devils Lake, ND, and formerly of Leeds, ND, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 at the Leeds Lutheran Church in Leeds with Pastor Michael Pretzer officiating. Visitation will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Prayer Service Monday, June 5 at the Nelson Funeral Home in Leeds. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at the Leeds Lutheran Cemetery. Earl R. Grise was born on May 25, 1919, to Irvin B. and Emma Grise near Esmond, ND. He was raised on their family farm along with his five siblings; Albert, Doris, Mildred, Arnold and twin sister Merle. At the age of 17, Earl worked on one of the first crews putting up the first REA poles from Maddock, ND, towards the Canadian Border and worked for Chris Solberg. In 1942, Earl was drafted to serve for his country in the 915th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army in WWII. He was responsible for going ahead of the troops and ensuring communication lines stayed open and functioning. Earl was honored to receive a Bronze Star for heroic achievement regarding military operations against the enemy. Once he returned home from the service in 1945, he moved to the Baker, ND, area where he started his 17 years of being a farmhand/farmer/horse trainer with Ole Solberg. During this time, Earl went home for a Sunday dinner at his parents. This is where he met the love of his life, Elaine Thompson, who had been staying with the Grise family as she was teaching at the Baker schoolhouse. Earl and Elaine eloped to Montana on December 28, 1948; their marriage lasted 61 years until Elaine was called home to the Lord. From this union, three children were born; Robert, Jeffery and Mary Ann. They had a family farm where Earl milked cows and farmed until 1966, when they moved into Leeds. The couple were members of the Leeds Lutheran Church where they celebrated their faith, served as janitors for 22 years and where Earl was part of the church council and assistant scout master. Earl was a courageous and loyal man; his family was his life and he had nothing but joy and pride in his children. He will be missed by his sons; Robert Grise (Devils Lake) and Jeffery (Sandy) Grise (Fargo); his daughter, Mary Ann (Curtis) Kaiser (Streeter); five grandchildren: Kelly Grise (Fargo), Carrie Grise (Minneapolis), Kory (Lindsey) Grise (Fargo), Kelsey (Blaine) Naze (Montpelier) and Lacey Kaiser (Streeter); three extended grandchildren: Patty (Paul) Durbin, Shara (Brad) Benson and Julie (Brian) Wissink; six great-grandchildren: Tyrell Terry, Devon Herndon, Daxton and Halen Grise, Beau and Kylie Naze. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine; his five siblings; a daughter-in-law, AeSuk Yi “Sue” and a grandchild, Corey Robert Grise. “See you in the Funny Papers” - Grandpa Prunes Online condolences may be left at www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com. The Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds is in charge of the arrangements.