Elmer Middlestead, 84, of New Salem, formerly of Wibaux, MT, was called home by our Lord on September 27, 2014.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hannover, ND with Reverend Russell Fitch officiating. Burial will be at the Hannover Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 12:30-2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem where Elmer resided for the last six years of his life. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Elmer was born on August 25th 1930, son of Benjamin and Marie “Maggie” (Presler) Middlestead, at the family farm in Merricourt, ND. He attended school in Jud for the first three years and then three years at a country school in Dickey County. Elmer then spent the next 25 years working on the family farm with his father and grandfather. After farming with his family, Elmer took up truck driving and bought his own farm. He quit farming and went to work for the railroad in Jamestown, ND where he helped take care of the locomotives. Elmer then moved to Wibaux, MT where he opened up his own garage and did mechanical work for the local area. His last job was in the oil fields of eastern Montana and western North Dakota as a mechanic where he worked up until he had to quit due to a job related injury. Elmer also drove school bus for ten years. Elmer enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, building kites, tinkering in his garage, and visiting with family and friends.
Elmer was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; his brother, Larry Middlestead; and his sister, Olga Escobedo.
He is survived by his daughters, Cindy (Rick) Aaser, Hannover, ND, Yvonne (Glenn) Hillyer, Frazee, MN; sons, Terry (Robin) Middlestead, Clifton, CO, Lee Jansen, Lisbon, ND; sister, Eldora (Elmer) Klose, Jamestown, ND; sister-in-law, Janet Middlestead, Alberton, MT, grandchildren, Mike (Mae) Aaser, Dave (Ashley) Aaser, Yvette and JP Aubineau, and Cassandra and Matt Feegel; great grandchildren, Daiton, Kierra, and Liam Aaser, and Jacob Roy Aubineau; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Memorials are preferred to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Elm Crest Manor.