Martin Rolfsnes, 98

Martin Rolfsnes, 98, of Bowman, ND passed away on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman.
Memorial Services for Martin will be on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Mark Nygard and Intern Karen Langemo will officiate with burial to be held in the Bowman Cemetery at a later date.Martin was born on April 7, 1919 to Norwegian immigrants Andrew and Karen Rolfsnes on his fathers homestead in Marion Township, near Griffin, N.D.. He was the eighth child of a family of nine. He attended Atkinson Country School through 8th grade until attending Rhame High School. In 1937 he joined the CCC, until his brother Arthur became sick with rheumatic fever and Martin returned home to take care of the farm while his brother recuperated. He stayed to finish high school and graduated from Rhame High School in 1939. Martin then went to Billings to do carpentry work for his dad, after which he and his buddies did various jobs out on the west coast. Martin joined the Navy on Oct. 8, 1941. His future wife, Ellen Rosling and her girlfriend took a train to Beaufort, SC, where they were married on Feb. 6, 1943. After being discharged from the service, Martin and Ellen lived on his dad’s homestead where he farmed and did carpentry work. He built many homes in the Bowman area. In 1998, at the annual convention of the ND Long Term Care Association, Governor Ed Schafer awarded Martin the “Adult Volunteer of the Year Award for his services at the nursing home. In 2008, Martin and Ellen sold the farm and moved into the Sunrise Village. After Ellen passed, Martin moved into the Sunny Apartments for a while and then the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center until he passed away. Martin is survived by one cousin, Murl Gamble, and many nieces and nephews. Martin was preceded in death by his wife Ellen in 2009, his parents Andrew and Karen and all of his siblings; Clara, Norris, Birdie, Clara, Thelma, Marie, Arthur and Nels.

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