Gary Paul Oram, 59, a lifelong resident, farmer and rancher near Devils Lake, ND, passed away three miles south of Devils Lake on Sept. 21, 2018, while hauling cattle.
Gary Paul Oram, 59, a lifelong resident, farmer and rancher near Devils Lake, ND, passed away three miles south of Devils Lake on Sept. 21, 2018, while hauling cattle. Funeral Services for Gary were held on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake with Reverend Kevin Anderson, Pastor, River of Life Assembly of God Church officiating. Burial is in the Devils Lake Cemetery. Visitation was held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home on Thursday one hour prior to the funeral service. Gary was born to Helmer and Pearl (Tucker) Oram on Dec. 30, 1958. He lived and worked his entire life on the family farm at Six Mile Bay. He began farming the land and ranching at age 15, just four years after his father died. He graduated from Devils Lake Central High in 1977 and took diesel mechanical classes at Lake Region Junior College. Gary enjoyed raising all kinds of animals. Even as a youngster, he took pride in researching and choosing the optimal breeding stock for his cattle operation. He not only cared for his own cattle, but did cattle contract work as well. As a farmer he learned how to be very handy and could tackle any project large or small, be it welding or mechanical. He operated heavy equipment like they were an extension of his hands. He did some tinkering with carpentry work helping others also building a couple cabins that during the flood provided homes for three different families for extended periods of time. He would visualize and then carry through with projects much like he did with Bayview Resort when he planned its layout and then helped to develop it. Gary was a very hard worker but occasionally when he was able to find time away from the everyday tasks of farming and ranching, he enjoyed looking through old cookbooks and trying new recipes. He liked to garden and read – especially westerns and he was very knowledgeable about biblical history. At a young age, Gary came to know Jesus as his personal Savior. As a child he was active in Sunday School and attended Lakewood Bible Camp. He especially enjoyed a trip he took with the Royal Ranger teenage church group to Idaho. Gary was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed seeing his nephews play hockey and football along with following professional basketball, baseball and football teams. He was an outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt and invited many other hunters to enjoy his land. He liked playing cards and hanging out with friends. He was preceded in death by; his grandparents, Peder and Gjertina (Eidum) Oram, Lawson and Mellie (Sailor) Tucker; father, Helmer Oram; mother, Pearl (Tucker) Oram; sister, Judy Harveland; nephew, Steve Verville; brothers-in-law, Archie Harveland and Marden Holden; along with many aunts and uncles. He is survived by; sisters, Connie (Gary) Verville, of Devils Lake, Nancy Holden, Solway, Minn., Tammy (John) Hornbacher Harvey, ND; nieces, Roxanne (Chris) Zurn, Moorhead, MN, and Heather Holden, Solway; nephew, Jeremiah Hornbacher, Harvey, ND; and several great nieces and great nephews.