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Obituary - Einar R. Fugelseth

Einar R. Fugelseth, 91, passed away due to natural causes Friday, April 5, 2024.

Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned at this time.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit Einar's online memorial page to send a card or leave a message of condolence for his family at .

Einar was born June 20, 1932, in Halliday, ND, to Magnus and Mary (Sabins) Fuglseth. He was raised on the family farm outside of Halliday, attending a country school close to his home.

After his school years, he worked on the family farm, and entered the U.S. Army in 1951. He served in the Korean War until his discharge in 1953, when he returned home to North Dakota. There he met Patricia Carlson, and the couple married in 1955. They moved to Havre, MT, where they made their home and had five children before divorcing.

In Havre, Einar worked as the manager at Nelson Optical for many years, and then moved on to manage the optical lab for Doctors Wilkins and Beardsley.

In 1987, he married Jan Wells. The couple moved to LeGrande, OR, where they opened Einar's Unique Optique, which they operated for 25 years before retiring.

Einar was a horseman and true cowboy. He loved horses, and raised and trained his own Peruvian Pasos. He also enjoyed boxing, and was a Boy Scout leader when his son Steven was younger. He was quiet and unassuming with those outside his family, but with his family, he was outgoing and gregarious.

He was preceded in death by his children Steven and Valerie Fugelseth; granddaughter Brittney Fugelseth; parents, Magnus and Mary Fuglseth; siblings Doris Schnaible, Aletta LaRocque, Ardella Miller, and infant brothers Sonny and Donny Fuglseth.

Einar is survived by his wife, Jann Fugelseth; children Denise (Mike) Haugen, Cynthia (Gary) Flathers and Michele (Lewis) Mitchell; seven grandchildren, Kristen Takeuchi, Brett Haugen, Kayce Flathers, Carly Haugen, Emily Flathers, Sara Fugelseth,and Caleaha Fugelseth; two great-grandchildren, Len Takeuchi and Isla Henry; brother Kenneth (Marilyn) Fugelseth, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


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