Funeral services for Charles R. Aasen, 82, of Alexander, N.D., will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander. Rev. Timothy Swenson will officiate and interment will be in Alexander Cemetery. A family service, open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Trinity Lutheran Church. Friends may call at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Watford City on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and one hour before services at the Church on Thursday. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.fulkersons.com.
Charles R. Aasen went to be with his heavenly father on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Merit Care Hospital, Fargo, N.D. He was born April 9, 1927, in Alexander, N.D., the son of Ole and Ragna Aasen. Charles grew up across the street from the Alexander School. (He was fond of saying he walked to school uphill both ways.) He graduated from Alexander High School in 1945. He bought a brand new Mack truck and went into trucking.
Charles was united in marriage to Ethyl James on Oct. 2, 1949, in Alexander, N.D. They farmed and ranched west of Alexander where they raised four children. He was a bus driver for the Alexander School District for 25 years. Charles was very active in the community. He served on several boards including the Lewis and Clark Museum, Lutheran Church, McKenzie Social Services, Lions, Old Settlers committee, county and city boards. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Charles spent his entire life living in Alex Township and loved telling everyone he came from “God’s Country.” He enjoyed supporting local high school activities and believed the best kids came from Alexander. Charles was very patriotic and considered Memorial Day one of the most important holidays. He loved camping, family time, traveling, fishing, reading local history, playing 10 1/2 for coffee, and Pinochle at the Senior Citizens Center. Nobody was a stranger to Charles. He loved visiting with family, friends and meeting new people.
Surviving family members include his wife of 60 years, Ethyl; three daughters, Beverly Westphal (Wayne), Fargo, N.D., Barbara Rued (Douglas), Minot, N.D., Judith Veeder (Wade), Pilot Point, Texas; one son, Wade Aasen, Alexander, N.D.; seven grandchildren; two great-grand children; one sister, Solveig Okland, Polson, Mont.; one brother, Carson Aasen, Rapid City, S.D.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Rebekah Westphal, and two brothers, Lynn and Ronald Aasen.