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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Orville Sylvester Bragg
May 8, 1939 - January 19, 2022

Place of Birth: Tabor City, North Carolina
Residence: Williston, ND
Age: 82

Orville S. Bragg passed away at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, MT on January 19, 2022.

Orville was born on May 8, 1939 in Tabor City, North Carolina to Anna (Lerbakken) and Thomas Bragg. When Orville was 2 years old, the family moved to a farm in the Alamo and Corinth area in North Dakota with Orville, brother, Joe and sister, Mary Ellen.

Orville attended school in Alamo and graduated in 1958. Orville then farmed with his father and brother raising wheat, oats and barley. He also began employment as a heavy equipment operator with Hexom Earth Construction, building roads and oil well locations in the area. He also worked with construction companies building roads in Montana and throughout North Dakota.

He started “Orv’s Snowmobile Center in the late 70’s in Williston selling new and used snowmobiles and repairing used sleds for his customers. He got a kick out of racing his snowmobiles and won a number of trophies at the snowmobile races. We know he enjoyed racing a lot! But after a series of low snow winters, he hung up his snowmobile helmet.

Above all, Orville enjoyed working his farm land, the seeding, the cultivating, the harvesting were the high points of every year.

Orville enjoyed and had a talent for working on and repairing cars and snowmobiles. He could fix anything that had a motor, including farm machinery and tractors.

He was a member of the Corinth Lutheran Church early in life and now he has attended Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.

Orville and Ardyce Olson were united in marriage at Our Saviors Lutheran Church of rural McGregor on June 29, 1969.

He also enjoyed being on the farm even against the worst odds he prevailed. He had that “Can’t stop until it’s done” mentality, but there is also peace in the serenity of being in a field at harvest. Light breezes blowing through the golden wheat was like sailing through a sea of pure gold.

He treasured his time and life with his wife and children, and his wife and children love and miss him.

Orville’s children said……….You would never meet a better man. Dad did things most men couldn’t do or would even try. He had the kindest heart, was soft spoken. He would give you the shirt off his back. More than that – he would go without to make sure you didn’t want – not need.

Orville is survived by his wife, Ardyce of Williston ND; daughter, Lana Bragg of Williston, ND; sons, Ryan Bragg of Williston, ND and Nolan Bragg of Atlanta, GA. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother and sister.

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Mearl DeTienne (Billings, MT.)
Jan 23, 2022
Sorry to hear of Orvilles passing, I worked with Hime on road construction many years ago, may He rest in peace.
Laramie (Atlanta , Ga)
Jan 24, 2022
We are sorry to hear about your father. I have no doubt he is great man of family that raise you so well. I know he is proud of you and all your siblings. May Lord comfort be with you and your family. - Burris family
Brenda (Hermanson) & Gary Stowe (Rochester, MN)
Jan 26, 2022
Ardyce and family, We are so very sad to know the stress you are going through. Orville was such a kind man. I will always think of him with a smile on his face!

You have all been through so much. May you know God keeps his promises. Orville can now rest in peace and without the pain and angst this earthly life brings. May God bring you all peace, and reassurance while surrounding you in love and affirmation of heaven.
Hugs and love,
Your cousin Brenda & family
Karen Ring Sillerud (Dickinson)
Jan 27, 2022
Ardyce, my sympathy in the loss of your husband. The Braggs were neighbors to the west of us growing up on the farm and friends of my parents. I remember them well. Peace to Orville, you and your family.
Wade Drange (Williston, North Dakota)
Jan 28, 2022
I'm sorry for your loss. Orville was such a kind man to us, and I'm sad to see him go. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dorothy Moe Reil (ALEXANDER, ND)
Jan 28, 2022
I was so shocked to hear of Orville's passing. My sincerest sympathy to all of you. I will remember all the good times we had either at your house or here!
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