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Dale Carlyle Jorgenson
August 19, 1936 - November 5, 2017

Place of Birth: Watford City, ND
Residence: Rural Watford City, ND
Age: 81

Dale Jorgenson, 81, of rural Watford City, ND, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Watford City. The Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford City is assisting the family.

Dale C. Jorgenson was born August 19, 1936 in Watford City, ND to Carl and Helen (Dodge) Jorgenson. He lived his early years on the Jorgenson ranch southeast of Watford City. Dale was educated in a country school through eighth grade and then went on to graduate from Watford City High School in 1956. While in high school, Dale was active in Golden Gloves Boxing, traveling from Canada to Minneapolis winning several championship bouts. He went on to Dickinson State College, where he competed in college rodeo as a member of the first Dickinson State Rodeo team.

Dale’s first NDRA championship came in 1957 where he won the Bareback Riding championship as well as the All Around Cowboy honors. Throughout the next 20 years he would excel in nearly all events; garnering championships in Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping. In addition to his years as a competitor, Dale served many terms of directorship on the North Dakota Rodeo Association and High School Association boards.

Dale married his high school sweetheart Barbara Thomas in 1958. They began their life together living and building a family in Watford City.
Dale and Barbara purchased their ranch in rural Watford City in 1963 where they make their home today. They raised a family there, hosted many aspiring rodeo cowboys for practice sessions and sometimes a roof over their head or a place to tell a few stories. There was always room for anyone who needed a place to stay.

One of Dale’s proudest moments was his induction to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2002. To be recognized by his peers was an honor unparalleled.

Dale was a member of the Badlands Saddle Club, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, North Dakota Rodeo Association, North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, McKenzie County Grazing Association, Montana Team Ropers Association, Wrangler Team Roping Championships, Fifty Years in the Saddle, and First Lutheran Church.

Dale is survived by his wife of 59 years Barbara Jorgenson; son, Tim (Sue) and their sons Shane and Clay; Son, Tom and his sons Chris (Brittany) and Seth, daughter Shelby; daughter, Joan and her daughter Samantha, her son Deagan.

Dale was preceded in death by his father, Carl Jorgenson; grandson, Josh Kitzmann; daughter-in-law, Teresa Rustad Jorgenson.



Memorial Contribution
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora, ND.

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Kristin Rhone (Watford City, ND)
Nov 5, 2017
The Good Shepherd Home feels empty without Dale. It was an honor to get to know Dale and take care of him and he will be missed by all of our staff and residents. I am happy he is at peace and no longer suffering and I'm sure he's riding and roping up in Heaven just like he loved to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Barb and family. May wonderful memories of Dale keep your heart full always. We love you!
Jaylyn Saunders (Watford City, North Dakota)
Nov 5, 2017
I was saddened by the news of Dales passing. There is wisdom in knowing we do not understand the universe and all of life. Death is one. May gods tender mercies and your precious memories comfort you. I smile when I think of the memories I have of Dale and sad that he no longer graces this world. May our heavenly father take all of you in his arms for comfort as you journey through your loss. There is sadness in your heart now from losing him but in time it will lessen and it will bring a smile back to your face when you think of his memory and how greatly he touched each and every one of you! Love to all ~ J
Dennis Sanford
Nov 6, 2017
So sorry guys.....
Jeff & Ann Johnsrud
Nov 6, 2017
We were so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. Thoughts and prayers to all of the family.
Mark & Cynthia Dodge (Layton, UT)
Nov 6, 2017
Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. Gather strength from those around you. May you feel God's loving arms around you and comfort you in this difficult time.
Rob & Babe Olson (Mesquite, N. V.)
Nov 6, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. He is now up with all the guys he use to rodeo with, telling good stories !
Larry and Colleen Johnsrud Kling (Star, Idaho)
Nov 6, 2017
Dale was one in a million, a kind and gentle man beloved by anyone who knew him ! I know you all will miss him, but I am sure you would agree he is one happy man in the arms of the Lord getting to see family and friends that have passed before him. I know mom and dad were happy to see him again. Love to you Barb and know that we share your sadness .
Jane Kieson (Watford City, ND)
Nov 6, 2017
Sorry to here of your loss. Dale was a very enjoyable person to be around. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Bryant and Jane Kieson
Miles & Marlene Johnsrud (Mineral Wells , TX)
Nov 6, 2017
Dale was such a unique individual I doubt there will ever be another like him !! He was always my hero in every way. I remember well that great big, kind heart and positive attitude. I don't know of anyone who worked harder, or played any harder either. I miss that hearty laugh and big wide smile he had no matter the circumstances, good or bad. I remember him sharing his new found faith in God with me at the end of the winter of '64-'65. Under that rough, tough cowboy exterior he had a tender heart that he shared honestly and quietly. His love for, and devotion to Barb and the kids was second to none. Dale will probably be remembered most for the rodeo legend he is, but he was so much more than that.....!! God Bless his memory that lives on in all of us.
Conald n Donna Havelka (Dickinson , ND)
Nov 6, 2017
So sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Dale over the years. He will be greatly missed.
Our prayers and condolences
Gladys Murphy (San Antonio, TX)
Nov 6, 2017
I'm Kathi Kennedy's friend. She lovingly spoke of Dale often. She loved him and was so proud of him and his cowboy life.
Dale and Joy Patten (Watford City, ND)
Nov 7, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Jeanne Knudsvig
Nov 7, 2017
Tom & Family
My prayers & thoughts are with all of you during this time. May you keep Dale's memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead..
Sincere Sympathy,
Jeanne
Betty Jane Kelly (Billings, Mt)
Nov 7, 2017
Sincere sympathy to Barb and family. Dale was such a good, loving and careing man. He will be greatly missed.
Belle L. Bergerud (Mesa, AZ)
Nov 7, 2017
Oh, Barb............Sending Hugs & Hugs to you and your family. May the many years of warm memories serve to comfort your great loss! Please know my heart is with you now & in the days ahead!
mylo wolding (new town, north dakota)
Nov 7, 2017
our prayers are with you
Marna Dodge Gerke (Lindstrom, Minnesota)
Nov 7, 2017
Parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles or cousins, we're linked as family, with each person in their absence always missed and the memories to be forever treasured. Amidst your sorrow I pray you'll have great joy as you reflect upon and remember Dale's life and his goodness. God bless you, his family.
Marna Dodge Gerke


Carla Schaible (Watford City , ND)
Nov 8, 2017
Barb and family,

So sorry for your great loss. Dale was a great man . When Blaine and Dave were learning to rope, Dale pretty much taught both of them !! Good memories I will always treasure.

May God bless you all with His peace.

Carla Schaible and family
Carla Schaible (Watford City , ND)
Nov 8, 2017
Barb and family,

So sorry for your great loss. Dale was a great man . When Blaine and Dave were learning to rope, Dale pretty much taught both of them !! Good memories I will always treasure.

May God bless you all with His peace.

Carla Schaible and family
Carla Schaible (Watford City , ND)
Nov 8, 2017
Barb and family,

So sorry for your great loss. Dale was a great man . When Blaine and Dave were learning to rope, Dale pretty much taught both of them !! Good memories I will always treasure.

May God bless you all with His peace.

Carla Schaible and family
Carla Schaible (Watford City , ND)
Nov 8, 2017
Barb and family,

So sorry for your great loss. Dale was a great man . When Blaine and Dave were learning to rope, Dale pretty much taught both of them !! Good memories I will always treasure.

May God bless you all with His peace.

Carla Schaible and family
Carla Schaible (Watford City , ND)
Nov 8, 2017
Barb and family,

So sorry for your great loss. Dale was a great man . When Blaine and Dave were learning to rope, Dale pretty much taught both of them !! Good memories I will always treasure.

May God bless you all with His peace.

Carla Schaible and family
KimBirkeland
Nov 8, 2017
So sorry for your loss-- Dale was truly a kind, generous and wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family
Jamie Thorton (New Town, ND)
Nov 8, 2017
Barb & famy, I am so sorry for your loss???? God bless all of you. He was a great cowboy.
Deb Franzen (Sundance, WY)
Nov 8, 2017
Condolences to Dale's family.
Ed Garman (Williston, NORTH DAKOTA)
Nov 8, 2017
Tom, Sorry to here of your Fathers passing.
May God be close to you and your family at this time. You have been through many hurts, may God heal.
Ed
Marcus Wells (New Town, ND)
Nov 8, 2017
Condolences and may the Comforter be with Dale's family. So sorry to hear the news, he was a good
friend and top rodeo cowboy.
Sharon Boone (Rifle, Colorado)
Nov 8, 2017
My condolences to you and your family Barb. My thoughts and prayers are with you Dale was a wonderful person ! Love Sharon
Gene Veeder (Watford city, Nd)
Nov 9, 2017
Kindess, sense of humour and laughter made him the hero of my youth . Many great atheletes haven't figured out the honor and friendship part.Sorry I can't be there for the service. Your family and Dale will always be a part of my life and I cherish that
Norman and Eleanor Kostad (Watford City, ND)
Nov 9, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to the Jorgenson family, Sorry we couldn't make it to the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You.
J.E (Atlanta , Georgia )
Nov 10, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family. The examplary life that Dale lived gives the family much comfort and strength. Cherish the memories and look forward to the insightful words of comfort and peace recorded at John 5: 28, 29.
Roger and Anne Lowers (Williston, N D)
Nov 12, 2017
Tom and family--We were so sorry to hear the news about your father. Please know that we are thinking about you during this trying time.
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