Arden Nils Omlid passed away Aug. 27, 2020, at Sanford Health in Bismarck, N.D., surrounded by his family after having a stroke. He was 76 years old.
Arden was born Sept. 14, 1943, in Williston, N.D., to Nils and Margot (Nordby) Omlid. He grew up on a farm northeast of Watford City, N.D., attending elementary school in Divide and Nelson schools. He graduted from Watford City High School in 1962. After that, he briefly attended college at the Dakota Business College in Fargo, N.D.
It was there he met the love of his life, Judith Petersen. They were married in Salem, Ore., on Aug. 17, 1966. Recently, they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.
While in Oregon, their oldest daughter Kristine was born. They moved to North Dakota in 1968. Daughter, Stacey was born in 1970 and son, Kevin joined the family on July 4th, 1977.
Arden worked for Ray’s Standard and the elevator prior to starting his long-time career of driving truck. He worked for Koch Services and Badlands Powerfuels for many of those years. Arden finally retired from driving truck in 2010. This allowed him time to enjoy his family, and many activities which included having coffee with the boys at the Cenex station.
He was a member of the local Son’s of Norway, Watford City Lions Club, and was a board member of the Heritage Park and also enjoyed singing with the Senior Citizen’s Choir. All these activities kept him from his favorite hobby of oil painting (which was part of his original retirement plan).
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Omlid; son, Kevin Omlid; daughter, Kristine Medeiros and her children, Asa Omlid, Alesia Medeiros (Christopher Senff), Micheal Medeiros (Trystyn Wright) and MacKenzie Olson; daughter, Stacey Arndt (Robin) and her children Joshua Murray (Raeni), Casie Kahler, and Lea Arndt (Kobe Norton), Cole Arndt (Jessica), and Robert Arndt (Jessica). He is also survived by his brothers, Robert and Milton Omlid; and several nieces and nephews and 14 great-grandchildren.
Arden is preceded in death by his parents, Margot and Nils Omlid; and an infant brother.
Funeral services for Arden were held Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City with Pastor Garrett Gudmunsen officiating. Interment followed in the Garden Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Watford City under the care of the Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford City.