Daniel Backstrom, 93, of Fargo, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo.
Daniel Raymond Backstrom was born December 24th, 1926, in Fargo, the son of David and Anna (Bakken) Backstrom. He was raised on the family farm near Prosper, ND. Daniel attended school in Prosper through 8th grade, before attending Fargo Central High School and graduating in 1944 from Mapleton High School. Following high school, he played amateur baseball for Prosper and farmed. On October 20, 1951, Daniel married Pearl Rensvold in Fargo. Pearl and Daniel moved to a farmstead in Grandin, ND in 1956, where he continued farming and helped raise their three children. Daniel retired from farming in 1987, moving to Fargo with Pearl. Daniel continued to help with the spring planting season before leaving every June in his camper to travel and take photographs. He would return every August to assist with the harvest until he was 80 years old.
His hobbies included traveling, photography and he was an avid reader, especially about American history. He journeyed to Alaska on four separate occasions and followed the Lewis and Clarke Trail, digesting its rich history through his love of photography and literature.
Daniel and Pearl were avid fans of NDSU basketball and football, attending many games over the years. They were members of NDSU Team Makers since 1976. Daniel also drove in a Wagon Train from south of Fargo to Bismarck during the Centennial. He also enjoyed running and participated in several marathons around Fargo into his late 70’s.
Daniel was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grandin and Immanuel Lutheran Church after moving to Fargo. He was strong in his faith and in his relationship with God. Dan cherished time spent with family and friends - he will be greatly missed by all.
Left to cherish his memory are, wife: Pearl; children: Mary (Rickie) Halvorson of Galesburg, ND, Mark (Becky) Backstrom of Grandin and Ann (Jeremy) Hooey of Dickinson; grandchildren: Justin, Ashley and Jenna Halvorson, Brady (Trista) Backstrom and Abby (Shane) Husar, Ashley Ehret and Austin (fiancé, Lexi) Ehret; great-grandchildren: Bristol & Briggs Backstrom, Trey and Kadence Husar; a sister: Betty Knight of Casper, WY; along with his nieces and nephews and sister in law, Marilyn of Moorhead, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: David; sisters: Eileen Lewis and Marjorie Warner.
The family wishes to thank the many staff at Rosewood and Hospice of the Red River Valley who took special care of Dan in his final years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Immanuel Luther Church or Hospice of the Red River Valley are preferred.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fargo.
Visitation: 4 to 6 pm, followed by a 6 p.m. Prayer Service, Thursday, February 27, all at the church.
Burial: Grandin Cemetery in the spring.
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