Ione D. Skramstad, 79, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Valley Elder Care in Grand Forks, ND.
Ione D. Skramstad, 79, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Valley Elder Care in Grand Forks, ND. Funeral Services for Ione will be held on Monday, June 24 at 11 a.m. at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake with Reverend Reuben Schnaidt officiating. Burial will be in the Devils Lake Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home on Monday, June 24 beginning at 9 a.m. until time of service. Ione Deleen, daughter of Melvin and Pearl (Johnson) Skramstad was born on Feb. 2, 1940, at Devils Lake. She grew up on the family farm in DeGroat Township and later the family moved to Dry Lake Township. She attended Devils Lake Public School, graduating from Devils Lake Central High School with the class of 1958. Ione then answered the call to serve her country, and enlisted in the United States Navy WAVES on Feb. 9, 1959. She completed US Naval Training at Bainbridge, Maryland, and then was transferred to the Alameda/Oakland Navy Base in Calif. to complete her service. After her honorable discharge, she remained in CA. For the next 36 years, Ione worked in the moving company industry, mostly coordinating the moving and transferring of military families to other areas of the country. She used her many skills as an office manager, bookkeeper and secretary to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. In 1990, Ione returned to Devils Lake to care for her mother until her death in 2001. For the past 17 years, Ione has made her home at the Great Northern Apartments making many new and dear friends. Ione was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Ione loved the climate of CA where she could enjoy the outdoors. As a car enthusiast, she loved her 1960 convertible and Volkswagen Bus. In ND she was seen in her bright yellow Dodge Neon. Ione was a sweet, kind hearted, endearing and caring soul. She held her friends close to her heart and felt so truly blessed to have the love and support of her family through the years. Ione is survived by; her brothers, Wayne Skramstad, Grand Forks, ND, and Darrell and his wife, Mary (Kostecki) Skramstad of Watertown, MN; niece, Camella (Tony) Stucchi and nephew, Jason (Lori) Skramstad; and great-nephews and niece, Cayden, Brynn and Rissi; and many beloved cousins. She was preceded in death by; her parents; and brother, Orrin Dale in 1945.