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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Arne Oscar Skedsvold
October 17, 1928 - March 30, 2018

Place of Birth: Rural Alexander, ND
Residence: Rural McKenzie County, ND, formerly of Culbertson, MT
Age: 89

Arne was born on a farm in McKenzie County, ND and was the sixth and last child born to Anton and Anna Skedsvold of rural Alexander, N.D. on October 17, 1928. He attended school in Alexander, ND and before graduating enlisted in the US Army Air Corps at age 17. Upon being discharged from what was now the US Air Force (Army Air Corps) Arne married his 8th grade sweetheart and love of his life, Joyce Olson, in March of 1952 in Salem, Oregon. They began their married life in Bozeman, MT. Arne graduated from Montana State University in 1953 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture which he used until his final day. After living in Deer Lodge, Billings, Plentywood (all in MT) they finally settled in Culbertson where they raised their family.

Arne was passionate about three things: Family, Friends and the Land.

Arne had many strong beliefs; His faith, being civically involved and his love of politics. He served many terms on the school, hospital and church boards. He was a leader in the community teaching Sunday School, taking trips with the FFA, and leading and promoting 4-H; often judging animals at the local county fair. He would have preferred to not judge chickens and rabbits.

Arne’s love of animals translated to his children. Many animals resided at the split level home Arne and Joyce built in 1960 to house their growing family. His only breaking point was Debbie’s bum sheep, pigs and ducks in our basement. Many bricks memorializing animals can be found in the backyard at 623 E Ave. Although the goats ate our beloved mothers flowers they were allowed continued residence as they provided goats milk to some of the lactose intolerant Skedsvold children.

Arne’s children also inherited his love of singing. Until his death, his favorite thing to do was to gather with the red and green hymnals by the piano and sing. We children can attest to the hours he sat next to our dear mother singing to her the last year of her life. We would laugh as our mother would request something more upbeat from her dear Arne.
Arne never forgot his roots. In 1984 he followed his heart and left his career at Custom Built Feeds to return to the land his mother homesteaded in 1911. He maintained many Norwegian traditions via songs he sang in Norwegian and food celebrated during the holidays. Many of us children held our noses during his Christmas ritual of eating lutefisk but enjoyed many sugared batches of lefse with meatballs and potatoes. He spent this last Thanksgiving making oodles of krumkake with his beloved granddaughters where they cooked and he feasted.

Arne died doing what he loved, with the people he loved, on the land he loved. He was building a home where he had hoped our mother and he would spend their dying days. Unfortunately, the love of his life did not make it to live there nor did he. It was the land and grandchildren that carried him through the most painful part of his life, the loss of his love, Joyce, whom he was fortunate to spend 75 out his 89 years.

Arne was not a stranger to pain having buried his parents, all of his siblings, his first born son, his beloved son-in-law, nephew, and grandson and many dear friends. Arne was loyal to those he loved often showing up in the middle of the night or driving through the Badlands weather to be there for his children, grandchildren and friends. He also loved his neighbors who became a vital part of his life.

Arne is survived by seven children: Kristin Hallgrimson of Missoula, MT; Karen (Bruce) Smith of Fallon, MT; Peter (Beth) Skedsvold of Alexander, ND; Deann (Greg) Heen of rural Williston, ND; Debbie (Lowell) Cutshaw of Bridger, MT; Paul (Jennifer) Skedsvold of Winchester, VA; Kari (Bob) Workmeister of Portland, OR.

Arne also was the proud grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren all of whom he adored.

He is survived by his sister in laws; Dorothy Schrupp, Costa Mesa CA, Faye (John) Bacon, Carlsbad, CA.

Arne is also survived by many cousins (many in Norway), numerous nieces and nephews and friends around the world.

Arne was preceded in death by his soul mate Joyce, son Kirk (18 months), grandson Andrew Heen, his parents Anton and Anna, his brothers Karl, Obert, Gunder, Alfred and sister, Adeline, his beloved in-laws Peder and Gladys Olson, his son-in-law Mark Hallgrimson, his brother-in-laws Harold (Hal) Schrupp, Al Ley. Joyce’s brother; Jerry Olson. Sister-in-laws Sue Skedsvold, Delores Skedsvold and Norma (Olson) Wilbur.


Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander, ND or the Sidney Health Center Angel Wing Unit in Sidney, Mt.

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Les & Judy Pierce
Apr 1, 2018
May God be with you all
Early Morning Red Angus (Tioga, North Dakota)
Apr 1, 2018
May God be With You and Your Family at this time. God Bless
Richard & Charlotte Morgan (Cleveland, TN)
Apr 2, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you
Tracey Sunwall (Sidney, Montana)
Apr 2, 2018
Dear Deann, Greg, and family members...our sincere sympathy to all of you. We are so, so very sorry for another loss that you have to endure. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Sending hugs and love...Tracey, Jay, Jen, and Halie
Linda Hernandez (Sidney)
Apr 2, 2018
My heart is breaking for all of you. Arne loved his family so much as was evident to me when I saw him with Joyce and family at my place of work. He touched all of our hearts by sitting outside right beside Joyce, and we speculated was he singing to her or just talking, while her head lay on his shoulder. And the way they both cried when they saw each other when Joyce was all dressed up as royalty. He talked so proudly of his children and especially his grandchildren. And it was very evident when his grandchildren came to help him, especially when they brought recliners in, he wanted Joyce to be comfortable and his grandson helped. May God wrap his arms around each and every one of you and give you peace that only He can give and know that Arne and Joyce are together again with the brightest smiles on their faces.
Dan, Lori, Zach and Josh Dantzler
Apr 2, 2018
Our deepest sympathy and love, May God give you peace through this time of sorrow
Hoff Family (Dagmar)
Apr 2, 2018
Our sincere condolence to each of Arne's family. He made a great impact in the worlds of Extension, 4-H, and agriculture to which you can be proud. His passing is tragic but I can imagine him saying "I was happy doing what I could to help". May many warm memories of a life well lived and loved wrap you in peace.
Avice & Ivan and family
Apr 2, 2018
To Paul and the entire Skedsvold family, my deepest and sincere sympathy. I hope happy memories of a long life well lived can provide at least some comfort through this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hugs!
Gary and Vicki Ley (Fargo)
Apr 2, 2018
Uncle Arne was a special man and will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved him. We find comfort in knowing that he was a man whose faith in God was strong. We also know how happy he is to be reunited with his sweetheart, Joyce. They were such a special pair and we treasure the memories we have of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with his children and grandchildren...find strength in your faith and in each other. May God guide all of you in the days ahead. Much love from Gary and Vicki
Patti Fjelstad (Sidney)
Apr 2, 2018
Deann, Greg and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There should be a limit to the pain one family should have to endure. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Apr 3, 2018
I remember the impact your family had on our community - especially the schools. I so admired your family - loved teaching the children - and enjoyed your presence. It pains me that we have lost such a married couple - they left quite a legacy.
Tammie McCormick (Culbertson, Mt)
Apr 3, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Arnie’s paaaing! Please know you are all in my thoughts & prayers!
Oleen Oconnor (SAN Tan valley, Az 85143)
Apr 3, 2018
Joyce my heart goes out to you and the children. You are in my prayers
Doug Hettich
Apr 3, 2018
My prayers are with Arne and all his family.
Darla Larsen Card (Shepherd, MT)
Apr 3, 2018
So saddened to hear of Arne’s passing. Cherish and share all those memories of everything he represents. Hugs and prayers to all of you.
Molly Bell (West Linn, OR)
Apr 3, 2018
What a beautiful obituary for such a loving man. He leaves quite a legacy and I am lucky to have his offspring Kari Jo in my life. Prayers for your family in this difficult time.
Alvy and Patsy Beck (Homestead , Montana)
Apr 3, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
Myron & Ardehl Leland (Sidney, Mt)
Apr 4, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Bob and Jan Pedersen (Billings, Mt)
Apr 4, 2018
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
Arne and Joyce's name are on the charter member board and Good Shepherd Lutheran here in Billings.
Melinda and Glenda Smith (Manassas, VA)
Apr 4, 2018
Paul Skedsvold and family. Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow for you and your family. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
Mark Schrupp (Littleton, Colorado)
Apr 4, 2018
Arne, I really enjoyed the time we spent together especially that summer when you asked me to come and stay.
Julie Thomas (sidney, mt)
Apr 4, 2018
Deanne and family Trusting the Lord to see you though this time. To give you strength to face each day. Love you Julie
Kim Comstock (Kearneysville, WV)
Apr 5, 2018
Paul - mere words cannot express how sorry and heartbroken I am about the loss of your Dad. Praying God wraps his loving arms around you and your loved ones, and He comforts and gives you peace during this difficult time.
Brian Shumaker (Augusta, West Virginia)
Apr 5, 2018
Paul and family. Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Brian, Cristal, Alex and Emily
James Miller (High View, WV)
Apr 5, 2018
Paul, thinking of your family with love and lifting prayers for comfort and peace during this time of loss. May God’s love enfold each of you during your journey through grief. Blessings, Jim
Lorie (Gobbs) Nelson (BILLINGS, MT)
Apr 5, 2018
So sorry for your loss. So many memories growing up in Culbertson. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
C'Dale (Jenner McBride) Jore (Williston, ND)
Apr 6, 2018
Our heartfelt prayers go out to you, again! With our sympathy, Phil & C'Dale
Chole Crosby Butler (Sidney, MT)
Apr 6, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. I remember your father from when I used to go to Custom Built Feeds in Culbertson. Also, your mother took care of me when I was hospitalized. As a little girl my grandparents lived across the road from Anna and I remember their visits and cookies. God Bless you and comfort you.
John & Faye Bacon (Carlsbad, California)
Apr 7, 2018
May God comfort and grant each member of the Skedsvold Family His Gifts of Strength, Peace and Understanding knowing your Dad is with your Mom, in their Heavenly Home, and one day you will be reunited with them once again. Aunt Faye & Uncle John
Frank and Kathy Loehding (Sidney, Montana)
Apr 8, 2018
Deann, Greg and family,
Our hearts ache for you in your time of loss. Praying that God will give you peace and comfort. Sincere condolences.
Donna and Mateya Coffman (St.Ignatius, MT)
Apr 9, 2018
Arnie was such a special man. He will be missed by all but especially by his family. He loved his family soo much. I hope you all find comfort in knowing he and Joyce are together dancing and singing. The love they shared was like no other love I have ever seen. It was beyond spectacular. May you all find peace and love in the memories of Joyce and Arnie and the love they brought to your family.
Rand and Pat Bradley (Twin Bridges, MT)
Apr 10, 2018
Joyce and Arne--their lives lived so well and touched so many, especially ours. The Skedsvold family shows the love, devotion, humor and importance of the legacy of Joyce and Arne. Celebrate them.

Tom Stonecipher (Bozeman, MT)
Apr 23, 2018
I met Arne (and heard many stories) through Peter and Beth, What a wonderful story of his life and values and loves in his obituary. How lucky all of you were to have him in your lives. Celebrate that going forward, and emulate him as you can. 27326
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FBI / FSU Family
Dan, Lori, Zach & Josh Dantzler
Border Plains Equipment
Faye & John Bacon - John, Kari, Ruth, Peter & Families. Dorthey Schrupp - Becky, Mark & Families
Obert Skedsvold Family
Richard, Sharla, Morgan
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Tim, Ann & Kids
Perry, Michelle, Emily & Alex Burr, Jerry & Karen McAllister
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Casterlines; Evelyn, Gary, Mark, Paul, John & their families
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