Carl M. Skurdal, 93, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Eugene, Oregon. Carl was born on the family farm east of Williston, North Dakota, along with a twin sister on Jan. 20, 1925, into a family of 14 children to Anton and Anna Skurdal.
He attended eight years of rural school and graduated from Williston High School in 1944. He also attended the University of Oregon in Eugene for one year. Carl was baptized in the Norwegian Lutheran Church in May of 1925 and confirmed in the First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1939.
Carl was inducted into the Army in Los Angeles in 1945. He spent one year with occupation forces in Japan as a paratrooper. He made six jumps and had glider training while in Japan. Upon returning to the United States, he farmed and worked as a lineman. He eventually operated an insurance agency for Farmers Insurance Group in Williston.
He joined the Sons of Norway, a fraternal organization, in 1945 and was still an active member at the time of his passing. He served as a member and an officer, locally, in the District, and Internationally. On the 75th anniversary of the Bjarne Lodge #86 in Williston, he was presented with a custom-made shield for his years of service to the organization. The Sons of Norway International Board granted special permission to allow the shield to be made. Carl also made two trips to Norway during his life. He was a life member of the VFW and American Legion and was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Billings.
Carl married Mamie Ruud in 1954. Together, they had three children: Clay, Cory and Sara. Carl and Mamie divorced in 1971.
In 1975, he married Arvella Brekhus and they made their home in Sidney. In 1997, Carl and Arvella moved to Billings. Carl and Arvella loved to dance and never missed an opportunity to take to the dance floor.
After Arvella’s passing in 2015, Carl moved to Eugene, Oregon, where his son Clay lives. He enjoyed attending musical performances at the Shedd Institute and watching his favorite sport, baseball. He also enjoyed the weekly Sunday night poker game, along with playing cribbage and pinochle with friends and family.
Carl is survived by his three children, Clay (Colette) Skurdal, their children Kendra Skurdal, Ian Skurdal and Lexie Skurdal; Cory (Robert Eblin) Skurdal and Sara Skurdal; five stepchildren, Pete (Agnus) Brekhus, Duke (JoAnn) Brekhus, Kit (Rita) Brekhus; Rock (Sharon) Brekhus and Holly Tuscher; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and over 40 nieces and nephews and their families.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Billings or the charity of your choosing.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2336 St. Johns Avenue, Billings.
Condolences may be made at www.michelottisawyers.com.