Harlan M. Dyrud

Harlan M. Dyrud, 84, of Grand Forks, ND passed away, of natural causes, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Harlan Merle Dyrud was born the oldest of eleven children on August 24, 1936 in Thief River Falls, MN the son of Harvey and Myrtle (Rasmussen) Dyrud. He was raised in Newfolden, MN and graduated from Newfolden High School. He went on to graduate from Moorhead State College with a degree in Education. Harlan taught school for several years in Red Lake Falls, MN, Watertown, MN and Waconia, MN. While teaching at Red Lake Falls, he met the love of his life and future wife, Darlene Rogalla. Later, he graduated from Northwestern Business School and was employed as a court reporter. Harlan and Darlene were married on June 29, 1968 and had two children together, Patrick and Susan. In 1979, Harlan graduated from Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. He practiced law in St. Paul before returning to Grand Forks. He served as a Juvenile Court Referee and Magistrate in State Court and District Court.

Harlan was an active member of the Kiwanis and served as president. He was a devout Christian and was a member of Christ the King Free Lutheran Church. He was active in his church and especially enjoyed his Sunday morning coffee ministry.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Darlene; his son, Patrick (Tina) Dyrud; his daughter, Susan (Ryan) Dyrud-MacDonald; brothers, Keith (Grace) Dyrud, Clifford Dyrud, Dwight (Chris) Dyrud, David (Arleen) Dyrud and Jonathon (Ann) Dyrud; sisters, Faythe (Gordy) Thureen, Helene McCauley, Rachel (Jim) Hollister and Gracia (Bob) Blees; grandchildren, Milo, Lucy and Taylor MacDonald; brothers-in-law, David (Marie) Rogalla and Tim Rogalla; sisters-in-law, Joanne (Joseph) Vihstadt, Carol (Bruce) Denning and Avis Dyrud; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Phillip Dyrud, and an infant sister, Mavis.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Christ the King Free Lutheran Church, 1913 3rd Ave NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721.

Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service in the Historic Norman Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service in the church on Tuesday.

Burial: In the spring at Calvary South Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ the King Free Lutheran Church or any Right to Life programs.

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(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)

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