Memorial Services were held Saturday, February 6, 2016 in the Chapel of Parkwood Place Living Center, Grand Forks for Shirley S. Sand of Grand Forks.
Posted on 2/5/16
He died peacefully the morning of Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Altru Health System in Grand Forks.
Shirley was born on September 5, 1930, in Mohall the son of Henry and Rose (Schnabel) Sand. He graduated from Langdon High School in 1949. He left home for Alaska, where he worked as a mechanic at Lad Air Force Base. He later returned to Langdon to work for a road construction company in Cavalier County. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Riley, KS, and at Fort Bragg, NC. He returned to Langdon, where he worked for 12 years with his father and brother at Sand Blacksmith shop. After sustaining a back injury, he decided to sell his share of the business. He then moved to Grand Forks, where he graduated from Aaker’s Business College with an Associate’s Degree in Business and Accounting. Starting in 1969, he worked as a welder for Minnkota Power Company. In 1976, he began developing real estate at the North West Angle in northern Minnesota, while living in Larimore and Grand Forks. He moved to Parkwood Place Living Center, Grand Forks, in 2012. Along with working in the great outdoors, he enjoyed Sand family reunions at Wood Lake, playing cards (pinochle), and chess. He married Phyllis Newnam on August 24, 1952, at First Presbyterian Church of Minot.
He is survived by Phyllis (Newnam) Sand, his wife of 63 years, along with sons, Tom (Mary) Sand and Jim Sand; daughters, Cathy (Pete) Nielsen and Connie (Rudy) Bellomy; grandchildren, Taylor Sand, Jada Sand, Chad Sand, Andy Nielsen and Cyndi (Zach Hill) Nielsen; great grandchildren, Serenity and Zayva Hill; brother, Harvey Sand; sisters, Jane Jaffee and Lavina (Elmer) Henschel; and several nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Rose.
Arrangements are with Amundson Funeral Home of Grand Forks. www.amundsonfuneralhome.com.