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Sheldon Nygaard

Sept. 1, 1918-Jan. 18, 2008

Former Waubun resident Sheldon Edward Nygaard, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, January 18, 2008, at Innovis Heath Systems in Fargo.

Sheldon Edward Nygaard was born to Ole and Louise (Hanson) Nygaard on Sept. 1, 1918, in Ryder, N.D., where he grew up and began his schooling. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to the Waubun area, where he continued his education.

On May 2, 1957, Sheldon married Darlene Shiek in Moorhead. The couple made their home in Moorhead for a short time before moving to the farm east of Waubun. Sheldon was semi-retired from farming in 2002 and moved into Evergreen Village in Waubun. In 2003 he moved to Lamplighter Manor in Detroit Lakes, where he lived until the time of his death.

Sheldon was a member of Lake Grove Lutheran Church, rural Waubun. He enjoyed going to dances on Sundays in Ottertail. His favorite dance was the polka. Sheldon also spent much time raising and caring for his horses. An additional hobby that kept him busy was buying and selling cars.

Sheldon is survived by two sons, Robert A. (Katie) Kind of Rush City, Minn., and Louis O. Nygaard of Detroit Lakes; three daughters, Carol D. (Kevin) Bice of Waubun, Nora S. (David Moore) Listul of Waubun, and Shelly K. Larson of Callaway; two sisters, Helen (Louis) Drummond of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Norma Nygaard of Detroit Lakes; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and his faithful dog, Max.

Preceding him in death were his parents; best friend, Darlene, (Oct. 1, 2002); and two sisters, Lilah Broulliard and Bernice Holcomb.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 25, at the Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home in Mahnomen. Burial took place at the Lake Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Waubun.

Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger, Minn. The funeral home has an online guest book available at