Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Les Slagle
October 30, 1950 - April 30, 2021

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Minot, ND, formerly of Wiliston, ND
Age: 70



Les Slagle, 70, of Minot, formerly of Williston, North Dakota, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at a hospital in Minot, ND. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston, ND is assisting the family.

Les was born October 30, 1950, to Jerald and Nora (Bawden) Slagle in Williston, ND. He was raised on the family farm northeast of Alexander, along with his three siblings. He attended grade school and high school in Alexander. At a young age, he learned a strong work ethic from doing work on the farm. He started driving a tractor when he was 12 years old, and he often joked that he knew the exact number of rounds to be made in the tractor as he summer fallowed each field. His favorite pastime while growing up on the farm was hunting, especially for deer. During high school, Les participated in football and basketball as an Alexander Comet and graduated in 1968. He attended college at UND-Williston where he received a two-year agri-business certificate.

Les was drafted into the Army in the spring of 1971. He completed basic training at Fort Polk, LA, and advanced individual training at Fort Gordon, GA. He then served 14 months as a military police officer in South Korea and attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class. He was very proud to be a United States veteran.

Les and Barbara Bergstrom met while attending college in Williston. On September 1, 1973, Les and Barb were married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Ray. They lived in Dickinson for one year and then moved to Williston. Williston would remain their home for the next 41 years. Their home was made complete with the birth of their two daughters, Brenna Ann and Teresa Beth. Les loved his wife and daughters beyond measure.

Les and Barb were active members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church during their years in Williston. Les joined the church on March 8, 1987. Les played city league basketball and softball in his earlier years. He also refereed Class B boys’ basketball for a number of years. A pickup camper was purchased when the girls were young, and many fun family weekends were spent at the river. During these years, he also enjoyed gun and bow hunting. Les started playing golf in his 20’s, and it became a lifelong passion. He enjoyed playing many courses in ND and around the country. He also enjoyed watching television. It was said there was never a remote control that didn’t fit his hand perfectly.

Les worked for GTA as a feed salesman for several years. He serviced over 40 elevators in western ND and eastern MT. He then went to work as a salesman for Double EE Service, an oilfield supply company, for the next seven years. While at Double EE, he serviced retail customers throughout the entire Williston Basin. Between those jobs, Les drove over two million miles. He said that he knew he had a co-pilot who kept him safe in his travels. Only later in life did he look back and realize that God was the pilot, and he was the co-pilot.

In 1990, Les decided it was time for a career change, so at the age of 40, he enrolled at the Police Academy in Devils Lake. In his earlier years, he had never enjoyed school all that much, but this time he took school seriously and was at the top of his class. He was affectionately nicknamed “Pops” by his classmates. Following graduation, Les was hired by the City of Williston Police Department, where he spent the next 20 years and achieved the rank of Sergeant. He was known for his sense of humor (practical jokes) as a way to relieve stress in pressure situations and just to make the work day more interesting. He always tried to be fair but firm with younger officers. Les served on the Family Crisis Shelter Board for several years while he was a police officer, and he was the President of the Board for the last years he was there.

After retiring from the Williston Police Department in 2010, Les went to work for Diamond Resources, a land and mineral leasing company. He always said this last job was his favorite one. Even though he worked for the oil companies, he made it his mission to represent the land and mineral owners and make sure they were treated fairly. He was always a “farm boy” at heart.

Les and Barb retired in 2014 and moved to Minot in 2015 to be closer to family. They made many wonderful memories traveling together and with family and friends. They were members of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot, where Les especially enjoyed the Saturday morning Men’s Group.

Les was very much a “people person.” He loved visiting, whether it be with family, friends, or complete strangers. He was a great story teller. He enjoyed writing poetry and song lyrics. He wrote a poem for both of his daughters and for each of his grandchildren when they were born. At Christmas, the “gag” gifts often included a humorous rendition of his poetry. He also wrote a book about his years as a police officer, something he felt his grandchildren would enjoy in the future.

His family was very important to him. Les was thankful to God for giving him the years he had on this earth and that he was able to see his daughters grow up and get married and all of his grandchildren born. Watching each grandchild’s unique personality develop as they grew brought him the greatest joy. He absolutely loved being a grandpa.

His determination to live never diminished throughout his courageous battle with interstitial lung disease. His love for his family and his love for life gave him the strength to carry on until God called him home. Our dear husband, dad, grandpa/papa will be forever loved and missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Barb; daughters & sons-in-law, Brenna & Don Neumann, and Teresa & Brian Claypool; grandchildren, Brynn, Ava, & Luke Neumann, and Nora & Wyatt Claypool; sisters, Sherry (Jerome) Lervick, Rini (Steve) Coffin; brother, Rich Slagle; in-laws, Jacki (Vern) Barman, Gary Bergstrom, Bruce (Mari) Bergstrom, Janis (Dave) Bosch, Andrea (Brad) Miller, Alan (Rachel) Bergstrom, Penny Slagle; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Nora Slagle; grandparents, Willie & Maggie Bawden, J.D. & Theresa Slagle; in-laws, Garfield & Marlys Bergstrom; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial Contribution
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the Williston Police Association to benefit youth.

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Michael Weyrauch (Ray, ND)
Apr 30, 2021
Barb and girls so sorry for your loss, Les was a great guy.
Troy & Charity Johnson (Watford City)
May 1, 2021
We are so sorry to hear about Les passing. He really was one of the good ones. I always enjoyed seeing and visiting when he was in town. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Heather Christianson (Bismarck, ND)
May 1, 2021
I can’t express how much Les meant to me, and all the great things he taught me. He was my mentor, a great friend and a wonderful person. I can’t believe he’s gone. He was family when I didn’t have any, and he was truly a great man.
Francis Bosch (Ocala, FL)
May 1, 2021
Les was among Williston's finest. He was duty-driven and a real pleasure to be around. I will miss his personable demeanor and sense of humor. He and Barb added so much to the community that they left a void when they moved to Minot.
Rest in peace Les, and Barb, know that your loss is shared by the many who admired him.
Fran Bosch
Shirley Fender (Lincoln, North Dakota)
May 1, 2021
Barb and family- I am so sorry to hear of Les's passing! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Denell Kallemeyn (Ocala (former Williston neighbor), FL)
May 2, 2021
My deepest sympathy Barb and your family. You were great neighbors and I remember Les helping us with sprinklers and advice on fixing them.
Rena Sailer (West Fargo, ND)
May 2, 2021
Barb, Brenna, and Teresa - I was heartbroken to hear of Les's passing. He was a great man. He was like a second dad during high school. Prayers for comfort to all of you.
Bev Novak Breivik (Williston )
May 2, 2021
Barb and family, so saddened to hear about Les. He will be missed by many.
Faye Moe (Arvada, CO)
May 2, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss.
May his spirit remain with you in your life. I admire Les' integrity, compassion, and thoughtfulness. I wish things were different than what they are........
Sandy sim (Williston, Nd)
May 2, 2021
Prayers to the family. Les was one of a kind! He always had a smile for everyone. I am sad to hear of his passing. Rest In Peace and know that he is in good hands
David iverson (Ballantine, Montana)
May 2, 2021
I have alot of memorirs with Les hunting, playing cards while attending UNDW in the same years, or just visiting bout the fun times.
Deepest sympthy to Barb, Teresa, Brenna and family. God be with you and comfort you.
Susan Bradford (Williston , ND)
May 3, 2021
Barb, Brenna, and Teresa, So sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of all the fun times our families shared together. Les was a special man and friend and always had a smile and a kind, encouraging word. Your family was blessed and now heaven will enjoy his stories. Cherish the memories! Susan
Kay Vignali (Kenosha, Wisconsin)
May 3, 2021
Dear Slagle family,
You have my deepest sympathy.! Though I never met Les, Teresa’s immense love, admiration, and
respect for him was evident in the stories she told about him. He sounded like such an outstanding, caring father and person that made the world a better place.
May God hold you close and comfort you in this most difficult time. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Kay Vignali (Teresa’s old teaching partner and friend)
Michael Olson (Plymouth, MN)
May 3, 2021
To Teresa Claypool and Family,

Am sorry for your loss, for losing a dad as wonderful as Les. Fullest sympathies,

Mike Olson, Providence Academy
Randy & Kim Miller (Williston , North Dakota)
May 3, 2021
Thoughts and Prayers to the Family. He will be missed. RIP Les.
Charlie and Kim Herz (Williston , ND)
May 3, 2021
So very sorry to hear this news. Les was one of the best, both in and out of uniform. He will be missed by so many. Sending prayers to all of his family.
Dennis Kvalheim (Bismarck, ND)
May 3, 2021
Barb, I remember when you were our work study secretary and when Les started eyeing you at UND-W.
I am so sorry for your loss.
God bles you and your family
Dennis
Randy & Kim Miller (Williston , North Dakota)
May 3, 2021
Thoughts and Prayers to the Family. He will be missed. RIP Les.
Bonnie (Fjelstad) Wells (Elkhart, Iowa)
May 4, 2021
We will really miss Les at our zoom 1968 class sessions. He was kind enough to send each of us his book and was so humble about his writings. I smile and think of him every time I read another story. So sorry your family has lost his physical presence but I have a feeling his sense of humor, story telling and kind nature will live on in his kids and grandkids.
Jarod, Renee, Kate, Sean & Sarah Allerheiligen (Medina, Minnesota)
May 4, 2021
We are very sorry for your loss of someone who was a loving, good, and truly decent man who helped raise a wonderful daughter who makes a positive impact on so many young people and their families. Teresa, after learning more about your dad, your goodness is a legacy of his. Please know of our prayers and support these days ahead.
Cynthia Misner (BERTHOLD, ND)
May 4, 2021
Barb, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband.
Ron and Liz Lund (Williston, ND)
May 4, 2021
Dear Barb, Liz and I were sorry to hear of Les passing. We know he had struggled for awhile. I so enjoyed getting to know and working with Les at Diamond. Les, Glenn and I had many good breaks together laughing and telling tales. He was a very special friend and truly will be missed. May God be with you and your family at this time. We will be in touch.
JEANNE .BARBER HALL (Sidney, MT)
May 4, 2021
To Sherry (who I don't have an address for) and the rest of Les' family...
I worked with Sherry at the Richland Bank in Sidney and through her I knew the rest of her family. I extend my condolences in the loss of Les. He must have been a great person according to his obituary. May you all know God's comfort. Sincerely, Jeanne
Jean Winden Berger (Mesa, AZ)
May 4, 2021
My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Barb and your family, and to the Slagle family. Les will be missed by all of us who grew up with him in Alexander and by everyone who knew him. I have so admired his spirit during his illness. I will pick up his book often to read his stories and think of him. He was a good man.
Nancy Elliott (Greenwood, Nebraska)
May 6, 2021
Barb and family, So sorry to hear about Les. Our school reunion was the first I had met him and enjoyed the visit we had. My thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time...Please allow the love of your family and friends to help you through this grief. Always remember when someone you love becomes a memory that memory becomes a treasure that nobody can take away from you. God bless you Barb and your family
Lyn mccrery
May 6, 2021
Barb. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss.
Linda S Martin (Williston, North Dakota)
May 6, 2021
I am sorry to hear of Les' passing. He always had a smile and everyone liked to talk with him. My prayers go out to everyone in his family, may happier memories help you at this time.
Greg and Bernie Anderson (Boulder city, Nv)
May 6, 2021
We are so sorry Barb and girls. We so enjoyed our time with the both of you and we knew Les was a special man. We rejoice that we will all be together again.
Holly Hendrickson (Bismarck , ND)
May 6, 2021
Sorry for your loss, Sending prayers to all of you.
We had a visit with Less a couple years ago and we talked about the 80’s lots of good laughs.
Darin & Holly Hendrickson
Bev Danielson (Fairview , MT)
May 7, 2021
Dear Barb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It’s been a long time since I last saw Les, but I have good memories of him...always had a smile! Holding you up in prayer.
Carlyle Stenberg (Watford City , North Dakota)
May 9, 2021
Barb,
Sorry to hear of Les’s passing.
I first got to know Les in our 4H days. We were on the same livestock judging team. Also remember our time together at UND Williston. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
Carlyle Stenberg
Connie sundby (Hill city , SD)
May 11, 2021
Barb and family. So sorry to hear about the passing of Les. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ed and Connie sundby.
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