Richard `Dick` Harvey Nordhagen

Born: Thu., Jan. 3, 1929
Died: Fri., Sep. 22, 2017


10:00 AM to 10:45 PM, Fri., Sep. 29, 2017
Location: Choteau LDS Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Sep. 29, 2017
Location: Choteau LDS Church

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Richard (Dick) Harvey Nordhagen, 88, a lifetime resident of Choteau, Montana passed away on September 22, 2017 of natural causes while staying in Utah to be near his children and grand-children. Dick Nordhagen was born January 3, 1929, to Ole Marinius Nordhagen and Johanne Johansen Nordhagen. Dick was second to the youngest of nine children. When Dick was 9 years old, his father passed away, and he was raised by his loving mother, his kind and caring older sisters, and his older brother, John, who would become the provider for the family. Dick attended Choteau Elementary School and graduated from Teton County High School. During high school he got a job at the local newspaper office, the Choteau Acantha, working for Millard Bullerdick who later sold the Acantha to the George Coffey family. Dick learned various responsibilities from typesetting to running the printing presses. Dick met his future wife, Viola Joan Rowley, at a local roller skating rink. They were married April 9, 1955 in Bynum, Montana. They would raise five children, one girl and four boys. Dick loved his family. He enjoyed spending time playing with his kids, teaching them how to play sports, how to fish and how to work with him. Dick became the owner and publisher of the Choteau Acantha when the Coffey family sold the Acantha to him in 1960. Dick greatly valued the many people that worked for him through the years and was especially thankful to Don LaBaugh, Jeanette “Tootie” Rasmussen, Toni Christman and Ethel Blakesly. Dick had a love for sports. He played town basketball, softball, bowled and even took up golf after he retired. He was active in serving in the community. He was a volunteer fireman. He served as a member of the Lions Club and was a long time member of the Chamber of Commerce. He also served four years as the Bishop of the local LDS ward. He had a great love for the town of Choteau and was always very proud of his Norwegian heritage. Dick is preceded in death by his parents, brothers John, Robert, Donald, and sisters, Ellen Nesbit, Esther Morris, Harriet Shelmerdine, and Bertha Shelmerdine. Dick is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, JoAnn (Tevita) Salakielu of Honolulu, HI; sons, Richard (Nancy) of Sandy, UT; Robert (Jackie) of Boca Raton, FL; Roger of Sandy, UT; Ron (Maria) of Pleasant Grove, UT; eighteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and one brother Raymond (Beverly) of Missoula, MT. A public viewing will be held starting a 10:00 AM followed by funeral services at 11:00 AM at the LDS Church in Choteau on Friday September 29th.

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Kim Wiest
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless. Love, Kim (Swenson) Wiest

Emile Kimmet
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about Dick passing to a better time without pain or mental problems. I really enjoyed knowing Dick and working for him at the Acantha. He was a wonderful man and know he will be missed. Sending my prayers and sympathies to Joan and his family. Keep your memories closed. It helps. Emile Kimmet

Jim Sulgrove
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
Sorry to hear of Dick's passing. My prayers and sympathy to Joan and all the family.

Lindie Gibson
   Posted Thu September 28, 2017
dear Joan and family, I lived in Choteau in the 70's and remember Dick as though it were yesterday. I found him to be very congenial and hard working and an all-around nice guy....I'm so sorry for your loss ~ Sincere sympathies, Lindie Gibson / Livingston

Maurvene Corbett
   Posted Thu September 28, 2017
To all the Nordhagen family: I share in your loss of a wonderful father and friend. He was always to kind to me and I really appreciated that. My husband Don always spoke highly of Dick and considered him a good friend.
May all the family be blessed at this time. May the Lord especially bless Joan at this time.
Maurvene Corbett of Syracuse, Utah

Judy Kamrud
   Posted Fri September 29, 2017
I am very sorry for your loss. Dick was a wonderful boss. I enjoyed working for him.
Judy Kamrud

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