Victor H. NabbenVictor H. Nabben, 90, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Niagara, ND, died Sunday, May 10, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Larimore, ND.
Victor H. Nabben
Victor H. Nabben, 90, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Niagara, ND, died Sunday, May 10, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Larimore, ND.
Victor H. Nabben was born on January 16, 1919 in Agdar Township, rural Thief River Falls, MN, to Haaken and Martha (Mortenson) Nabben. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls, MN. Victor received his education in a rural school setting in the Thief River Falls community.
Victor worked on the family farm until 1939 when he came to North Dakota to work on his sister and brother-in-law’s (George and Johanna Green) farm in St. Thomas, ND. On January 8, 1948, Victor married Edna Hoverson at United Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Victor and Edna lived and worked on the Green farm in St. Thomas, ND, and then moved to the Gilby, ND, area where Victor was employed at the Ted Brusegaard farm. They later moved to the Niagara, ND, area where Victor worked for Alfred (A.B.) Helland. In 1953 he began his own farming operation in Plymouth Township, rural Niagara, ND. Victor started working the winter campaigns at American Crystal Sugar in East Grand Forks, MN in 1966 assigned to the “Sugar Bench” and progressing to the position of “Lab Foreman”. He worked twenty-six campaigns until his retirement from American Crystal Sugar in 1992. He continued farming until 1994.
Victor was an active member of Elk Valley Lutheran Church, rural McCanna, ND, while living and farming in rural Niagara. He joined Sharon Lutheran Church when he and Edna moved to Grand Forks, ND, in 1991. He was involved in many activities at Sharon Lutheran to include the Golden Age Club and Bible studies. He volunteered his time there by counting offerings, assembling church newsletters, and helping with the prep work for lefsa making. Victor learned new hobbies in his retirement to include bowling and golfing. He traveled to Norway and was proud to see the country where his father immigrated from. He cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren, and found great pleasure in going for drives and spending whatever time he could being on the farm and talking about farming.
Victor is survived by his five children: Rev. Dale (Judy) Nabben of Bismarck, ND; Ardell (Laurel) Nabben of Niagara, ND; Arlette (Philip) Bjornson of Arvilla, ND; Linda (Richard) Butler of Grand Forks, ND; and Donna Nabben of Grand Forks, ND. Also surviving are grandchildren: Loretta (Scott) Brossart, Lakota, ND; Jerry Nabben, Loveland, CO; Jason Bjornson, Bloomington, MN; Sara (Michael) Jobin, Duluth, MN; Daniel Bjornson, West Fargo, ND; Ellie Butler, Grand Forks, ND and Michaela Schindler, Grand Forks, ND; two great grandchildren: Hanna and Preston Brossart, Lakota, ND; and two sisters: Johanna Green, Grafton, ND and Adeline Moe, Thief River Falls, MN.
Victor was preceded in death by his wife on November 26, 1993. Also preceding him are his parents, brothers: Henry, Mike, Alfred, Percy, Harold and Erland; and sister Josephine.
Funeral Services: Thursday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. in Sharon Lutheran Church of Grand Forks, ND.
Interment: Elk Valley Church Cemetery, rural McCanna, ND.
Visitation: Wednesday, May 13 from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service held in the Bakke Funeral Home of Larimore. Visitation will resume for 1 hour in the church prior to the funeral on Thursday.
Arrangements are with the Bakke Funeral Home, Larimore, ND.