Bernard “Bernie” Arcand, 75, Rugby, died July 6, 2022; at home surrounded by his family.
Memorial services with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, at First Lutheran Church, Rugby with Rev. Sharon Baker officiating.
He was born in Williston, May 19, 1947, to Joseph and Eva (Willard) Arcand. He grew up in nearby Epping and graduated from Epping High School in 1965. Bernie attended Moorhead State College, Moorhead, Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. Bernie was drafted into the US Army in 1970 and completed basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado until his honorable discharge from active duty in 1971.
Bernie married Holly Henderson on December 19, 1970 in Mohall. He spent a few years in radio and television in Fargo, Tioga and Williston; working as an announcer, editor and engineer. Bernie and Holly eventually settled in Epping where they raised their two children Jennifer and Eric. They then moved to Ray, where they lived for almost 20 years. Bernie was a longtime employee of Kotana Communications in Williston, then Northwest Communications Cooperative in Ray. In 2015 Bernie and Holly moved to Rugby, where they resided until his death.
Bernie was very active in the community and was a lifelong amateur radio enthusiast, carpenter and musical instrument maker. Bernie and Holly were members of the Missouri River Muzzleloaders Club and together they participated in many historical re-enactments of the 1840s. Bernie loved music and was a talented musician. He served on many councils and local councils and was for a time mayor of the town of Epping. Bernie was an active member of the Lutheran Church and often served as organist and deputy pulpit. He was a proud member of the Ray American Legion, Post #9.
Survivors include beloved wife of over 51 years, Holly Arcand; children, Jennifer (Shannan) Grosz, Minot; Eric (Dena) Arcand, Kansas City, Missouri; one granddaughter, Autumn Grosz, Fargo; sister, Joetta Hart, Bozeman, Montana; brother, Randal (Nancy) Arcand, rural Dunseith; brothers-in-law, Stanton (Barbara) Henderson, Minot; Harwood Henderson, Perham, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Estelle Knutson, Bemidji, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Eva Arcand, and a brother-in-law, Ted Knutson.
Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home, Towner. Online register: www.funerals-