Harvey Frederick Sand

A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church, Bismarck, for Harvey Frederick Sand, 92, who peacefully left this world August 11, 2019.

Posted 08/15/2019

Harvey was born in Mohall, on January 20, 1927. At the age of 14, he entered a lifelong career, working in the family’s blacksmith/welding shop. He graduated from Langdon High School (1945) and joined the 164th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. He spent his military service welding tanks in Japan, protected by his mother’s prayers that he would never see war. He first caught Eleanor Coffey’s attention with a sneaked wink through the backseat window of her father’s car; they became bride and groom on June 27, 1954, raised five children and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He honored the Lord and his community through his leadership in a variety of organizations including: the Presbyterian Church at state, local, and regional levels; Masonic organizations as Past Master for Lebanon Lodge, Eastern Star Grand Sentinel, and State Rainbow Dad; and the State of North Dakota as a two-term Senator (1993-2000). Additionally, he received the Scottish Rite 33 degree. He was a generous man in many ways, picking up the tab, volunteering with the Langdon Volunteer Fire department, donating his O- blood, and anonymously sending flowers to each Langdon nursing home individual on their birthday. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and pinochle. A life learner, Harvey also loved to teach others to better their circumstances, especially by spreading the Rule of 72.

His love continues to envelop his wife, Eleanor; children: Rosellen Sand, Bill (Karen) Sand, Jennifer (Kelly) Rasch, Susan (Michael) Simonson, Steve (Tandra Schmid) Sand; grandchildren: Michael (Andrea) Sand, Joseph Sand, Katherine (Eric) Antonson, Carissa Rasch, Bryanna Rasch, Ellie Simonson, and Rose Simonson; and sisters Jane Jaffee and Lavina Henschel as well as many nieces and nephews and several granddogs and great- granddogs.

He was preceded in death by parents Henry and Rosie (Schnable) Sand, brother-in-law Larry Jaffee, brother and sister-in-law Shirley and Phyllis (Newman) Sand, brother-in-law Elmer Henschel, and nephews Terry and Robert Henschel.

The family wishes to thank the Augusta Place staff for their love and support.

Memorials are preferred to Rite Care Language Center, 1405 3rd St N, Fargo, ND 58102, or Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 100 Witherspoon St, Louisville, KY 40202.

Bismarck Funeral Home of Bismarck was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available at

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