Gene Kjos

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Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:02 pm

Gene L. Kjos, 90, peacefully passed away on March 2, 2020 surrounded by family at Luther Memorial Home, in Mayville, ND. Gene was born on May 11, 1929, in Mayville, ND. He was the oldest of four children to Henry and Sophie (Thales) Kjos. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army where he served in the Korean War. In 1954, he married his love, Marlys Rasmusson of Ada, MN. During their 54 years of marriage, they raised five daughters in Hillsboro, ND. 

He retired after 40-plus years from the telephone company, Century Link. Gene and Marlys enjoyed 17 years of wintering in Leesburg, FL. In the summer, they spent their time at a lake cabin near Pinehurst Resort in Naytahawash, MN. 

Gene was a dedicated, responsible individual who enjoyed sports like tennis, swimming, bowling, and fishing. He enjoyed watching the MN Twins, Red Hawks, March Madness, Vikings and the NDSU Bison. He participated in service organizations, and was a commander for the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars becoming a life member for 60 years. He was on the Community Hospital/Nursing Home board and a volunteer Fireman. He loved watching parades, fireworks, gardening, Christmas lights, Fargo AirSho, his sweets, and polka music. He was a man that liked to go places and do things: bus and train trips, polka festivals, the Netherlands, Texas, and Washington, DC on the Honor Flight.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, step mother Ruth (Evenson) Kjos, his wife Marlys, sister Ann and brother-in-law Warren Dehnart, brother Herbert Kjos, son-in-law Ron Lusk, and one great grandchild Alexander Diaz. 

He is survived by his sister, Shirley (Rick) Twaddle of Winona, MN and sister-in-law Mary Kjos of Destin, FL, his five daughters: Roni (James) Riske of Forest River, ND; Sherry (and the late Ron) Lusk of Harwood, ND; Rebecca (Keith) Williams of Mayville, ND; Shawn (Gary) Reedyk of Groveland, FL, Marla (Hector) Diaz of New Braunfels, TX, 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, Gene’s greatest joy was his wife, his five girls, and visits from his grandchildren.  

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, ND. Visitation will continue at 2:00 P.M. with a funeral at 3:00 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, go to

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