Dale Jerome Granrud, 75, Bismarck, died April 22, 2001, in a Bismarck hospital after a short-term illness. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Church of St. Mary, Bismarck, with the Rev. Steve Zastoupil officiating. Burial will be in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, with military rites by VFW Post No. 1326.
Visitation will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday at Boelter Funeral Home, Bismarck, where a Knights of Columbus rosary will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a vigil.
Dale was born March 14, 1926, on the family farm, Burke County, to T. Gerhard and Gertie (Dewing) Granrud. He was raised on the farm outside of Columbus and attended grade school at Short Creek School, graduating from Columbus High School in 1944.
Dale served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 in Japan with the 24th Division Occupational Forces. He served in the Army Reserve for 39 years, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Spec. 4.
Dale married Marie Angela Elsbernd June 28, 1948, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Crosby. They happily raised 10 children. As a family they enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.
Dale and Marie moved to Bismarck where he was employed by the Bismarck Police Department from 1948 to 1951. He then worked at the State Penitentiary from 1951 to 1954. He worked for the N.D. State Crime Bureau from 1954 to 1966. He was elected Burleigh County Sheriff in 1966 and served until 1974. During his tenure he served a term as chairman of the N.D. National Sheriffs Association. He then worked for the Farmers Union Insurance Company before going back to work for the N.D. State Penitentiary from 1978 to 1988. During this time he also worked part-time as a U.S. Marshall.
Dale's other interests included carpentry, gardening, raising animals, especially dogs and he was a fierce pinochle player.
Because of his experience serving in the Armed Forces and as a peace officer, Dale had a strong sense of duty and patriotism. His personal values included honesty and loyalty to family and friends. He always wanted the best and expected the best from those he worked with and from his family. Some people might argue his greatest attribute was his sense of humor. His specialty was Ole and Lena jokes because of his Norwegian heritage.
Dale was a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Elks, AmVets and the Knights of Columbus. He was a past Grand Knight for Council 9589 and a Fourth Degree member of the J.P. Wagner Assembly.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; four sons and one daughter-in-law, Daryl, Mandan, Doug and Della Rae, Bismarck, and Dean and Dale Jr., both of Nashville, Tenn.; six daughters and two sons-in-law, Donna, Minot, Diane and Steve Albrightson, Norwalk, Calif., Debra and Delarie, both of Omaha, Neb., Denise, Bismarck, and Doria and Roland Hicks, Laredo, Texas; nine grandchildren, Dawn, Desiray, Darla, Damien, Sara, Garrett, Mariah, Westley and Elizabeth; seven great-grandchildren, Mishel, Dustee, Luckee, Heaven, Nathaniel, Brandon and Destiny; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Gerdius and Myron Watterud, Larson, and Geraldine Moum and Delores Aaberg, both of Crosby; one brother, Delano, Hitchcock, Sask.; many close friends and relatives; and his puppy, Teddy.
He was preceded in death by his parents;, three brothers-in-law, Marvin Moum, Roger Elsbernd and Lester Aaberg; one sister-in-law, Shirley Granrud; two nieces, Julie and Sonja; and two nephews, Joel and Dwight.
The family prefers memorials to leukemia research.