Loren Goldsberry, 67, of Dickinson, N.D., died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, following a long battle with cancer at St. Benedict’s Health Center, in Dickinson.
Loren was born Sept. 8, 1948, to Harris and Margaret (Sullivan) Goldsberry. He attended country school close to the family ranch and then later attended school in Sentinel Butte. He continued his education at Dickinson State College where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in History Education.
His working life was spent on a ranch next to the family ranch and he worked jobs as a heavy equipment operator, which he loved.
Loren married Judy, and in 1973 they divorced, but remained close friends to the time of his death. In 1998, he became part of a family as he married Bonnie Sand-Rixen, and together they raised three children, Travis Rixen, Chelsey (Rixen) Yeboah, and Tanner Rixen. Loren would be seen at every event that the children participated in, cheering them on with a great sense of pride. These were his “kids” and he was very proud of all of their accomplishments. He was instrumental in every part of their lives. He was joined by a great-grandson, Andre Yeboah, and he had a loving bond with him and helped as much as he could with him to the time of his death.
He loved sports and waited to watch every NDSU football game and loved professional football, never really taking claim to any specific team, but clearly knew every player and all of their statistics. The day before his death he spoke about the NDSU game and how he felt the season was, and was anxious to watch the Vikings play on Sunday.
During his illness, his brother, Jerry, spent numerous days with him. The two would be noted to sit and have coffee for hours and just visit about their lives. For this, Loren was very grateful. Loren was a quiet gentle man who was good to everyone around him. Strong was his love for God, and all God’s people.
Along with his wife and three children, he is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Goldsberry, Grassy Butte, N.D., and Ron (Karen) Goldsberry, Beach, N.D.; his aunt, Fern Goldsberry; and several nieces and nephew, Mary (Perry) Troyer and their daughter, Vivian, Becky (Luke) Trotter and their children, Andrew and Adam, Nancy (Dave) Davidson and their children, Owen and Raina, Julie Goldsberry, and Ben Goldsberry.
Loren’s Liturgy of Word Service was at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at Ladbury Funeral Service, in Dickinson, N.D., with Father Todd Kreitinger presiding. Interment followed at the Medora Cemetery, in Medora, N.D.
Visitation was on Tuesday from 12-7 p.m., at Ladbury Funeral Service. The family was present from 5-7 p.m., to greet friends. Visitation continued on Wednesday from 8-11 a.m., at Ladbury Funeral Service.
Arrangements are with the Ladbury Funeral Service, in Dickinson, N.D., www.ladburyfuneralservice.com