KILLDEER — Liturgy of the Word for Thorris Sandvick, 81, Killdeer, will be held at 10 a.m. MDT Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Killdeer Public School Gymnasium with the Rev. Darnis Selvanayakam celebrating. Lunch and fellowship will be at the Buckskin before the burial. Burial will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery, Killdeer.
Family will be receiving friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Stevenson Funeral Home, Killdeer. Visitation for Thorris will be one hour prior to the service in the gymnasium on Tuesday.
Thorris passed away Aug. 27, 2012, at his ranch near Killdeer.
Thorris Everett Sandvick was born Jan. 22, 1931, in Dunn County, the son of Ole and Gustine (Bjore) Sandvick. He grew up and attended country school in Dunn County and high school in Killdeer. As a young man, he worked for area ranchers. On Aug. 20, 1955, Thorris was united in marriage to Lynell Fettig at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Killdeer. To this union, six children, Monte, Randy, Marla, Twila, Larry and Laura were born. The couple purchased the Fettig Homestead, raising their family there and living on the ranch their entire life. Thorris loved the cowboy way of life, taking on any task the ranch offered. He spent his life sharing his time, experience and knowledge with his family and the community he loved. He had the highest respect for his wife and together with love and caring they created many wonderful family memories. He supported and worked with the youth of the area through 4-H, FFA and Junior and High School rodeo, as well as being a driving force in positive changes in the community of Killdeer. He and Lynell were pioneers in bringing tourism to Dunn County through Little Missouri State Park and also their own private tourism business. He supported the Medicine Golf Course, the construction of the current Killdeer rodeo arena and along with Beni Paulson the memorial grandstand at the rodeo grounds. Thorris received many awards for service to the people of this area; Roughrider Rodeo Rancher of the Year, Dunn County Outstanding Business Award, North Dakota Parks and Rec Special Merit Award, and Dunn County NDSU Harvest Bowl Honorees, among numerous others. He also contributed to the community and the state with his participation in numerous organizations. Thorris had a lifetime involvement in rodeo, from being a contestant, a promoter and a stock contractor.
He was a loving, giving, family man, who found time for his wife, children and grandchildren.
Thorris is survived by his wife, Lynell; his sons, Monte (Juli) Sandvick, Gillette, Wyo., Randy Sandvick, Killdeer, and Larry Sandvick, Kaycee, Wyo.; his daughters, Twila (Tom) Benz, Killdeer, and Laura (Mark) Weishoff, Ray; son-in-law, Noel Zingg, Bismarck; 11 grandchildren, Jenni (Josh) Sateren, Taylor and Tanner Sandvick, Tucker Zingg, Danielle and Hannah Benz, Josey, Dylan and Wyatt Sandvick, and Dawson and Payson Cvancara; two great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Lila Sateren; and one brother, Olaf (Ruth) Sandvick, Dickinson.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Marla Zingg; his grandson, Jaxon Cvancara; his brothers, Robert, Harold, Glenn and Duane Sandvick; and his sisters, Olive Judkins and June Kreger.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to High Plains Cultural Center, a project that Thorris was passionate about and instrumental in launching.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.