Narvel A. Somdahl, age 80, Bloomington, MN, died May 13 of pancreatic cancer. Survived by wife of 54 years, Marilyn (Dahlen), formerly of Michigan, ND; married children, David, Sonja & Deb; grandchildren Richard, Charles & Elizabeth Somdahl, Moorhead; Michael & Kristian Nordland, Minneapolis; sisters Betty Elfers, of AZ, and Edlyn Paulson, Lake Park, MN; brother-in-law Ron Dahlen, Michigan, ND, 14 nieces & nephews.
He earned a BSME degree at NDSU, Fargo. A Korean vet, he served the US Army Corps of Engineers in France as a 1st Lt in 1955-56. His employment with Trane Co, La Crosse, WI; Brunswick Corp, Muskegon, MI & Lincoln, NE; Dunham Bush, Harrisonburg, VA, preceded a return to Minnesota in October 1974. He was a registered Professional Engineer in WI, VA & MN. He retired in 1999 after 15 years work with MN Dept of Public Service-Energy.
Besides his pleasant demeanor, his leadership and stewardship will be missed in his co-op where he lived, in his church and in US-Norwegian Bygdelag (Bygdelag are organizations comprised of descendants who emigrated from specific localities in Norway to North America) where he held two current presidencies for the last decade for RDD Lag and NSI, Inc. He's a member of Hallinglag, Norwegians Worldwide & Viking Lunch Clu