Harold D. “Don” Jonson, 83

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    Fargo, ND – Harold D. “Don” Jonson, 83, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Rosewood on Broadway Nursing Home in Fargo, ND under hospice care.
    Memorial services wereheld on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley. Interment will be at Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley.
    Don was born in Knute Township on October 12, 1933, the son of Jonas and Borghild (Egge) Jonson. He grew up in the Winger area, and later in Bagley after the family moved. He graduated from Bagley High School in 1951. He went on to serve in the United States Air Force until he was honorably discharged in 1957.
    Don was united in marriage to Marion VanDuyn on December 3, 1958 in Minneapolis. After graduating from Bemidji State University in 1960, Don went on to work in Bagley for several years as a teacher, then as a John Deere dealer.
    Over the years, Don held several different positions in different jobs around Minnesota. However, the job he loved most was as a Small Business Management Instructor at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls.
    Don was happiest when he was teaching people, and worked as an instructor there for over 20 years, retiring in 1994. He and Marion moved to the lake following his retirement and lived there until 2007, when they moved to Dilworth.
    Don was an active member of the Osage Lions and the Kiwanis in Thief River Falls. He was an avid bowler and loved music; he even played the saxophone in a band called the Alley Cats. Don loved spending time with his family, especially making the most delicious popcorn for his grandkids. Blessed be his memory.
    He is survived by his wife, Marion Jonson of Dilworth; his sons, Craig (Jill) Jonson of St. Hilaire, Kent (Corey) Jonson of West Fargo, ND, and Jay (Tari) Jonson of West Fargo, ND; his grandchildren, Katie, Kara, Casey, Andrew, Kelly, Nora, and Mara; his sisters, Joyce Nicholls and Carole Schackman; and several nieces and nephews.
    Don was preceded in death by his parents, Jonas and Borghild Jonson; his brothers-in-law, James Nicholls and Bill Schackman; and his nephew, Todd Nicholls.
    Messages of condolence may be sent to ceasefuneralhome.com
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