CW5 Jerry L. Strande, 71, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, surrounded by his loving family.
CW5 Jerry L. Strande, 71, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services for Jerry will be held on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Reuben Schnaidt officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 12 noon until time of service. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 2 at 12 noon at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, rural Mandan, ND. Military Honors will be accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team-Army. Jerry Lee Strande, son of Melvin and Vivian (Sorlien) Strande, was born on Aug. 29, 1947, at Northwood, ND. He was reared and educated in Northwood and graduated from Northwood High School with the class of 1965. Jerry was a baptized and confirmed member Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Northwood. After graduating from high school, Jerry joined the North Dakota Army National Guard on Feb. 18, 1967, and began a 40-year career, serving his country. His first duty assignment was with the Military Police, stationed out of the Mayville, ND, Unit. In 1973, the family moved to Devils Lake and he was stationed at Camp Grafton as a heavy equipment mechanic. When he retired from Camp Grafton he was supervisor of the UTES. (Unit Training and Equipment Site). Upon retirement from the North Dakota Army National Guard he was the Command Chief Warrant Officer for the North Dakota Guard. In January of 2003, Jerry was sent to Fort Carson, Colo., for training before his deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom at Balad, Iraq, in April of 2003. He served with the Headquarters Service Company 142nd Engineering Combat Battalion until his deployment ended in May of 2004. Jerry returned to his duties at Camp Grafton and retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5 on Sept. 1, 2007, after 40 years, six months and 13 days. During Jerry’s military career he was the recipient of many medals, badges and commendations including two Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Army Achievement and Humanitarian Service Medals, eight Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expert Marksmanship and Sharpshooter Badge with Pistol and Rifle Bar, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and many others. He proudly served his country with honor and dedication. Jerry’s second passion was farming. He worked first for George Brown and then was a right hand man to his dear friend, Tony Nordin, at the Nordin farm. When he wasn’t working at the farm, Jerry was driving around the countryside checking the crops of the Lake Region area. He enjoyed a good cup of coffee and good conversation with friends at the White House Café. Jerry was a life member of the VFW Post No. 756 and also the American Legion. He also was a part of the Devils Lake Rural Volunteer Fire Department Team. Jerry’s most treasured moments were those he spent with his family. His grandson, Braxton, was Jerry’s sidekick. Jerry took him to the farm to ride on the tractor, got him to school, baseball games, he was Grandpa’s boy. Health issues slowed Jerry down a bit, but it never broke his spirit. His faith, his love for his family and his country are the traits admired and respected by all who knew and loved him. Jerry is survived by his loving family. His mother, Vivian Strande, Northwood; children, Jay (Tracey) Strande, Madison Lake, MN, Cherilyn (Clint DeVier) Strande, Devils Lake, Shannon (Steve) Hanson, Fargo, ND, and Marc (Amber) Strande also of Devils Lake; stepsons, Brett Halvorson, Hudson, WI, and Ben (Merissa) Halvorson, Devils Lake; thirteen grandchildren, Heather (Cory) Grover, Tucker Strande and Harley Strande-Amanda Anderson, Shelbi Bryl, Kaitlyn (Austin) Bryl-Nathan Hanson-Braxton and Tegan Strande-Brady, Ruby, Henry and Holly Halvorson; four great-grandsons, Everett, Cullin, Kyzer and Leo; mother of his children, Cheryl Strande, Devils Lake; sisters, Janet (Gary) Bratlie, Northwood, and Mae (John) Schol, Visalia, CA; brother, Michael (Leonida) Strande, Thompson, ND; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by; his father, Melvin. Casket Bearers will be: Tucker Strande, Nathan Hanson, Dale Moench, Tony Nordin, Rodney Boll and Eric Olerud. Music will be provided by Rick Senger.