Richard C. Bye, 88, of rural Hamar, ND, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at the farm he has called home for 86 years, in the care of his family and Altru Hospice.

Richard C. Bye, 88, of rural Hamar, ND, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at the farm he has called home for 86 years, in the care of his family and Altru Hospice. Funeral Services for Richard will be held on Monday, July 16 at 2 p.m. at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake with Pastor Jeff Kapelle officiating. Richard Curtis, son of Edward and Hazel (Richards) Bye was born on Jan. 26,1930, at St. Paul, Minn. At the age of two the family moved to the current farmstead in rural Hamar and Richard attended the Free Born Township School, Hamar Public School and Warwick High School. Richard's father died when he was nine and Richard and his mother stayed on the farm and at the age of 16, Richard took over the farming operation from his grandfather, Thomas Richards. This change of hands began the change of replacing a team of horses with an H John Deere tractor. Richard was united in marriage to Bertina Holtz on Aug. 31, 1951, at Crookston, MN. Their married life continued on the rural Hamar farm where they farmed, raised various livestock and lovingly reared their four children. Life on the farm was Richard's passion. He never really officially retired and worked for neighboring farmers in later years. Keeping the house warm in winter required chopping wood for the stove which Richard did until a year ago. When there was free time, Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Richard was a devoted husband, loving Dad and a proud grandpa. He treasured every moment spent with family and friends. Richard's surviving family include; his wife, of 66 years, Bertina; sons and their spouses, Robert and RaShell Bye, Devils Lake, David and Linda Bye, Fredericksburg, VA, and Russell and Jody Bye of Tolna, ND; daughter, Diana Bye also of Tolna; grandchildren, Erek (Lyndsay) Bye, Fargo, ND, Morgan (Adam) Barr, Fredericksburg, Madeline (Adam) James, Roanoke, VA, Jeffrey Bye (Laura), Fargo, Nicholas (Brittany) Bye, Thompson, ND, and Samantha Bye (Sean) also of Fargo; great-grandkids, Zayda, Shelby, Ethyn, Charlie, Oliver, Aiden, Kaleb, Jailee, Jocelyn, Brielle and Connor; brother-in-law, Harold (Bonnie) Holtz, Bismarck, ND; sisters-in-law, Arlene Holtz, New Rockford, ND, and Elda Holtz of Calif.; several nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by; his parents; daughter-in-law, Joyce Bye; and granddaughter, Erin Bye. Memorials may be directed to Altru Hospice or the Warwick Cemetery Fund.