Wallace A. “Wally” Samuelson, 79, of Watford City, formerly of Brockton, Mont., Arnegard, N.D., and most recently the NE Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, Mont., died Monday morning, Nov. 16, 2009 at the McKenzie County Memorial Hospital in Watford City. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard. Pastor Tim Swenson will officiate and interment will be held at Wilmington Cemetery. Friends are encouraged to share condolences and memories with the family online at www.fulkersons.com.
Wallace Alfred “Wally” Samuelson was born on Jan. 18, 1930, to Clement and Alma Samuelson in Brockton, Mont. One of seven children, he grew up in Brockton and graduated from Brockton High School.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. In 1950, Wally married Jane Ann Priebe, and they were stationed at Camp Stoneman, Calif. After being discharged in 1951, they moved back to Brockton, moving their family to Arnegard, N.D. in 1955. There they raised five boys. In 1957, Diana Jane was born, and was received by the Lord within her first year of life, after suffering from spina bifida.
Wally managed the Farmers Elevator Company in Arnegard from 1955 to 1973 when he suffered his first heart attack. In 1973, Wally and his family moved to Watford City, N.D. He returned to the grain business in 1983, and was manager of the Mondak Farmers Elevator in Arnegard until he retired. In June of 2006, Wally moved to the Eastern Montana Veterans home where he enjoyed wonderful care until coming back to Watford City on Friday evening, Nov. 13th.
Wally loved the community of Arnegard, serving as mayor, fire chief, school board member, public works servant, and numerous other community services. He enjoyed it all.
Wally loved spending time at McKenzie Bay, and he passed his love of boating, fishing and family togetherness on to his 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Ann; sister, Harriet; sons, Pat (Pauline), of Shoreview, Minn., Fred (Helen), of Port Orchard, Wash., Curtis (Charlene), Jerry (Raynette), and Randy (Barb) all of Watford City, N.D.; and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wally was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Victor, Donald and Gordon; sisters, Carol and Lois; and by daughter, Diana Jane.
Friends may call at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Watford City on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and an hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.