Henry "Hank" Salmonson | 1920 - 2012 | Obituary

Henry "Hank"  Salmonson
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Henry "Hank" Salmonson

Born: September 18, 1920
Died: May 14, 2012


Graveside services for Henry “Hank” Salmonson, age 91 of Dunseith, were held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Ackworth Cemetery. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Gary Dorn. Special music was provided by Jade Mogard, Rachael Romaine and Rosemary Smith. Casket bearers were Terry Espe Wayne Smith, Keith Smith and Stan Salmonson. Honorary bearers were, Dennis Espe, Ronnie Smith, The men from the Dunseith Senior Citizen Center, Jade Mogard, Lyle Lagerquist and Rodney Lagerquist. Burial will be in the Ackworth Cemetery of rural Dunseith.

Henry “Hank” Charles Salmonson, a son of Halvor and Ingeborg (Bergland) Salmonson, was born on the family farm on September 18, 1920. he was reared and educated in the Dunseith area, graduating in 1938. Hank was the youngest of his parent’s eight surviving children. He quickly learned to live off the land, handle livestock and care for animals large and small. On December 23, 1941 he was married to his best friend Maybelle Smith at Dunseith. They farmed north of Dunseith. In 1946 they moved to Seattle, WA. The following year they moved back to North Dakota, and purchased a farm in the Turtle Mountain’s north-west of Dunseith. She passed away on June 12, 1998. Hank has continued to live in the area since.

He enjoyed the outdoors, farming, hunting and fishing. Hank was an accomplished guitar player and played for many community gatherings through out his lifetime.

Hank passed away on Monday, May 14, 2012 in a Rugby hospital.

He is survived by a son Bradley Salmonson and his wife Colleen of Idaho Falls, ID; grandchildren, Matthew of Boise, ID and Bradley of Idaho Falls, ID; and many nieces and nephews.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Maybelle; brothers, Clarence, Hubert and Clifford; sisters, Margaret Crowder, Alice Hiatt, Opal Paris and Esther Duchesneau.

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