Obituary: Arnold Nyhusmoen
August 14, 2023
Arnold "Arnie" Roger Nyhusmoen, 85, passed away of a heart attack on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at his home in Sheyenne, N.D. after a long battle with cancer and COPD.
Visitation will be Friday, August 18, 6-7 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, N.D. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, N.D. His burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne. Pastor Jeff Halvorson will officiate the service with special music by Mary Ellen Rue, organist. Congregational hymns will be "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace." Kerstin and Katie Allmaras will sing "For Those Tears, I Died." Honorary bearers are all of Arnie's family and close friends.
Arnold Nyhusmoen was born on November 23, 1937, to Sigurd and Blenda (Simonson) Nyhusmoen in New Rockford, N.D. He was baptized on December 19, 1937, and confirmed on June 15, 1952, in the First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne. He was raised in rural Sheyenne along the Sheyenne River. He attended country school and graduated from Sheyenne High School on May 25, 1955. He helped his dad with farming while growing up on the farm. After high school, Arnie drove a truck for the Devils Lake cement plant.
Arnie married LouAnn Moen on July 2, 1960, in Sheyenne's First Lutheran Church. He worked for other farmers in the area and moved to Atwater, Minn. to work for another farmer for three years. He and his family moved back to Sheyenne and started working for Joe Gaffrey in the Fairway Store in New Rockford. He was thankful to Joe for the experience. During the blizzard of 1966, he decided to relocate to Renton, Wash. After one look at factory work, he decided to go work at the neighborhood grocery store. With Arnie's work ethic, he kept moving up until he was managing a big box store in a very interesting area where his customers included many of the Seahawks, Sonics and Bill Gates, but being a farmer at heart and after 26 years in the Seattle area, he wanted to move "home." He heard the grocery store was for sale and decided this was a good time to move back to Sheyenne. He also took over farming his dad's farm with his stepmother and two sisters. After four years, he closed the store and went to work for Lynn Erickson, farming his land, and raising cattle and "cats." Health problems and the death of his oldest son changed his mindset to then sell the farm to three young farmers around the area.
Arnie served as treasurer of the Sheyenne Park Board for thirty-plus years. He was a fireman for four years until his COPD became a problem but continued to work bingo for the Fire Department. One of his biggest joys was playing bingo and getting to spend time with his last living aunt, Vera Risovi, and her family every weekend.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, LouAnn (Moen) Nyhusmoen; sons, Richard "Rick" (MaryLou) Nyhusmoen, Bismarck, N.D., and Eric (Lynette) Nyhusmoen, Kent, Wash.; daughter, Pamela (Randy Sondag) Jerome, Carrington, N.D.; 11 grandchildren, Nicolle Ballou, Alexandria (Travis) Nyhusmoen, Shay (Adam) Donaldson, Krysta (Chris) Frederickson, Daniel Nyhusmoen, Dylan (Madie) Nyhusmoen, Koltan Nyhusmoen, Sarena Auker, Shane Jerome, Zachary Nyhusmoen and Trevor Nyhusmoen; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Georgeson, New Rockford, N.D. and Janice (Eugene) Nielson, Reynolds, N.D.; two stepsisters, Barbara Blaine, Bismarck, N.D. and Debbie Goetz, Calif.; one stepbrother, Roger (Gail) Loken; sister-in-law, Mai Merch Loken; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arnie is preceded in death by his parents Sigurd and Blenda Nyhusmoen; parents-in-law, Clarence and Lilly Moen; son, Jeffrey Nyhusmoen; nephew, Danny Brown; brother-in-law, Gary Georgeson; stepmother, Juanita Nyhusmoen; and stepbrother, John Loken.
Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of New Rockford N.D.