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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Elmer Lyle Poline
November 20, 1933 - May 19, 2020

Place of Birth: rural Burke County, ND
Residence: Minot, ND formerly of Bowbells, ND
Age: 86

Elmer Poline, 86 of Minot, North Dakota, formerly of Bowbells, North Dakota, passed away to his heavenly Father on Wednesday evening, May 19, 2020 at the Wellington Assisted Living in Minot, North Dakota.

Elmer was born November 20, 1933 to Wilhelm and Emma Poline in rural Burke County.

He served in the Army from 1956 – 1958 where he spent time in Korea. Upon returning to Bowbells, he was hired by Burke County to mow weeds. He worked for the county for a year and made a career change to the oil fields. In 1966, he was hired back by the county as a motor grader operator. The county’s first blade operated by Elmer was the Anston Weston, followed by a machine called the Adams. The county purchased a 140 G Cat in 1975 and Elmer tallied 22,000 hours on it. In 1991, another new 140 G arrived and Elmer added 9,500 hours to it. In 1998, he retired after 40 years of service.

Elmer was a member of the United Methodist Church where he served as head usher for approximately 30 years. He also served with the Bowbells Fire Department. In his early retirement years, he delivered meals for Meals on Wheels. Fishing was relaxing to him and we enjoyed eating his smoked fish. He loved lutefisk and attended many church dinners to enjoy this delicacy. Elmer enjoyed gardening and had a green thumb with his tomatoes and cucumbers. Reading the newspapers (his favorites being the Burke County Tribune and the Minot Daily News) with a cup of coffee was an important part of the day. He enjoyed having fun and teasing his nieces and nephews. One Christmas we received the best gift of all –Siamese kittens!

Elmer is survived by his sister, Irene Nordloef; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and their husbands, Ruth, Evelyn (Charles) Becker and Marie (Chester) Masters, and brothers and their wives, Clifford (Pearl) Hubbell, Oscar (Lila) Poline, Bill (Noreen) Poline, and brother-in-law Harlan Nordloef.


Thank You
Elmer passed away under the care of his loving caregivers from First Light Home Care, Trinity Health/Hospice, and the Wellington Assisted Living staff. We are so very thankful for their caring and compassion that they gave him. May Elmer rest in peace.

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Bobby Becker (Mount prospect , ILLINOIS )
May 26, 2020
Uncle Elmer was a great person and will be missed. We have fond memories of him and will treasure them.

Bobby Becker and Krissy Becker-kristufek
bonnie masters-weber (Elk Grove, CA)
May 27, 2020
I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Elmer.. he and his brothers loved to tease their nieces! Our family was close-knit and enjoyed Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, July 4th, and Thanksgiving together - I miss those days. My sister and I were the lucky recipients of one of the Siamese kittens mentioned in the article! Good job, good and faithful servant - now you can rest.
Jean (Masters) Nelson
May 27, 2020
We have so many special memories of Uncle Elmer. We were fortunate to be part of a family that loved the Lord and one another. Every holiday, birthday, etc was a celebration and we all gathered to spend the day together. Our boys loved spending time with Elmer and especially looked forward to his Saturday visits. Sometimes it would be topped off with a visit to Napa Auto to sample the free pizza. I am sure his family is gathered to welcome him to his eternal home and my dad, along with Oscar, Billy and Harley are pulling up another chair for Elmer to join them for cards.
Kelly Gustavson
May 27, 2020
John and Belinda,
We are so very sorry on the loss of Elmer, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Margie Hass
May 27, 2020
I am going to miss Elmer and his big greeting “Hello Margie and Melanie” when we visited with him in the Wellington these last years.
Diane (Nordloef) and Richard Greutman (Fargo, ND)
May 29, 2020
We will always have fond memories of Uncle Elmer and his weekly visits with Uncle Bill to see Mom and Dad at the farm. They were the best of times...lots of fun and laughter! We will never forget Elmer's love of sharing jokes and stories long before he began collecting them while residing at The Wellington We will miss his gentle smile and unique personality. Rest In Peace, Elmer.
We love you!
Richard and Diane
Kathy (Hubbell) St. Andrew (VALLEYFORD, WA)
Jun 5, 2020
I hadn't seen Uncle Elmer in nearly 50 years but always remember him as being a kind and gentle man. We exchanged Christmas cards nearly every year and he always wrote something about his garden that year and what he had recently done with the family...always something I looked forward to reading. RIP
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