Dick Bjelland

February 13, 1935

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September 15, 2020

Dick Bjelland

February 13, 1935

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September 15, 2020

Dick Bjelland passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, with his wife and children nearby.

Dick’s love and devotion was to his wife of 65 years, Janet; and his six children, Duane Bjelland (Jenny), Renae Steinmetz (Jesse), Ron Bjelland, Andy Bjelland (Carmen), Julie Cruikshank (Joe), Dave Bjelland (Toni). He had 11 grandchildren, Stephanie, Shannon, Nate, Travis, Shane, Brian, Eric, Sara, Jamie, Brett and Mark; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Wally and Alice Bjelland; and his brother, Jim of Conrad.

He was born on Feb. 13, 1935, in Bismarck, North Dakota. He graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.

Dad loved watching kids, grandkids and great-grandkids play a variety of sports.

Most of all, Dick enjoyed just spending time with family. Birthdays and holidays brought many packed gatherings to the family home of nearly 60 years.

Dick was a man of great vision and creativity. Our family began building the family cabin near Red Lodge in 1970. None of us imagined he would later build two bridges (one being a large, covered bridge), a giant water wheel, along with outbuildings and patios. I guess the zip line project is on hold for now.

Dad enjoyed dabbling in real estate and wisely encouraged us to do “fixer uppers” decades before those shows aired on TV. He worked as a real estate appraiser for 58 years.

Over the years, Dick and Janet loved to ski, go to concerts (Mo Bandy being his favorite) and travel the country. The days of their later years were most often spent together, becoming almost inseparable, just enjoying the opportunity to take care of each other.

Importantly, Dad had strong convictions and represented his generation well with his hard work ethic, honesty, integrity and love for his family and country.

Services will be at noon on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. West.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to be given to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be made at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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11 thoughts on “Dick Bjelland”

  1. So sorry for your loss. My daughter and I lived on Custer Avenue. Several times we got cockapoo puppies from your family. They were such adorable puppies. He was breeding them before they became designer dogs.

  2. Greg and Yvonne Glassing

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. He was always so kind and caring to everyone.

  3. My deepest condolences to Dick’s family. My maiden name is Hughes and Dick knew the Hughes’ in Glendive as well as my mother, Joan. May God comfort all of his family and may Dick be welcomed into heaven with open arms. Blessings.

  4. Janet and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Janet you and Dick were a big icon in the Billings area. He will be truly missed.

  5. Al and Carol Bloomer

    Both Carol and I remember and appreciate Dick’s many years of dedication and commitment to Centennial Arena and the Billings Amateur Hockey League. With Janet and David we enjoyed lots of wonderful road trips in the ’80s. Our sympathies to the entire Bjelland family. Al Bloomer

  6. Anne Hughes Sullivan

    I was very sorry to learn of Dick’s passing and send condolences to Janet and all of their family. May he Rest In Peace in the arms of the Lord.

  7. Maureen L and Family

    Janet and family. Our deepest heartfelt condolences. We have 70 plus years of fond memories. Dick’s love and devotion to Janet and his family was paramount. His happy positive nature will be missed. Rest in peace, Dick. Be well, Janet.

  8. So very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Out sympathies are with the family. Dick was well respected and was a good, honest and fair person. May your fond memories sustain you in the days ahead.

  9. Frank Fleischmann

    Janet and family
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father. I have known you both since growing up in our old home town. A great couple.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all

  10. Janet and Family,
    Years ago, I rented the house next door to yours. I remember Dick fondly. He was always so quick to fix any problem I had or just to come visit with me outside. You were the best neighbors and landlords I could have asked for. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. The world lost a great man.

  11. I was so sad to hear of Dick’s passing. Although I knew Dick through the real estate world, he became a good friend. I had the pleasure of working with Dick for the past 30, maybe it was 40 years. I loved that I found another hockey parent as passionate as I was. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed.

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