Farming Rural 12

Richard Carow

October 31, 1932 ~ May 17, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Richard Carow Obituary

Early on the morning of May 17th, Richard Magnus Carow of Edgeley ND, was called home to be with Jesus.

Richard Magnus Carow was born on the family farm in Edgeley ND on October 31st, 1932 to Alfred A and Bertelle June (Magnus) Carow. The farm was homesteaded by his Grandfather, AH Carow and he continued to live in the same house he was born in for his entire life.

Being born on Halloween, it was said that when Alfred came into the room, Bertelle said “Trick -or-Treat?”

He was baptized on December 25, 1932 at Zion Lutheran Church in Edgeley and was confirmed there on June 22nd, 1947. He continued to be a member there until his death.

He received his education in country schools, riding his horse to school from 2nd -8th grades. He earned his GED in 1987.

On June 4, 1961 Richard married Betty Jean Snyder. This wedding was the first one in the new Zion Lutheran Church building. To this marriage was born a daughter, Jean Pierette.

Richard spent his life working the land and loved his old Case tractors. When he purchased a 4020 John Deere, it got better care then his pickup and was stored in the garage instead. He also raised cattle and sheep, keeping a flock most of his life.

He enjoyed horses and was in his glory when he could haul his daughter to horse shows and rodeos and travel around the state. He would say that those were the most fun years of his life with the highlight being riding in the Centennial Wagon Train in 1989. He loved visiting with others, sharing stories, jokes and learning as much as he could from the friends he met along the way. He loved to dance.

You could always pick out Richard by the unusually large belt buckle that he wore. It had been a gift from his mother-in-law after a trip to Mexico. His cowboy hat was another identifying feature that he never went anywhere without. He used to quote a famous Irish song “I Had a Hat” which contains the lyrics, “I had a hat when I came in………I’ll have a hat when I go out” This quote seems fitting.

Richard loved cowboy poetry taking many trips to Medora for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering. A few of his favorite poets and storytellers were Baxter Black, Bill Lowman and Rodney Nelson. He always enjoyed listening to classic country music but his very favorite song was Clair De Lune by Debussy. It was played at every anniversary celebration he and Betty Jean had.

Richard was very interested in history and read many books on ND, Native Americans, rodeo and cowboys. He took his family to visit many of the historic sites across the upper plains. He also had a green thumb and always had a collection of house plants and maintained a garden.

Around 2005 Richard purchased his grandkids’ their first pony named Winchester. The pony’s name fit right in with his love for Winchester items.

He hated water his entire life but with much coaxing by his family, in the summer of 2019 he traveled along to the lake in Minnesota. Not only did he end up enjoying his time around water, he got into a 12’ fishing boat and went fishing!

Richard had a favorite dessert that he called ‘orange salad’. It has become a tradition to serve at every holiday meal. When the family was together, he loved to play cards and there were many games of whist enjoyed by everyone. He loved it when the grandkids would visit driving countless hours in the tractor during the winter or the lawn mower in the summer pulling Kristin and Ethan around on sleds or in a wagon. He made many trips to Bismarck to see the family for each birthday or event the grandkids were involved in from softball and football to band and choir concerts.

As his health had declined in recent years, it was difficult for Richard to get out. He had spent time rebuilding his strength at nursing homes in the area but had mostly been at home under the very dedicated care of his wife. Last month Richard became very weak and was in Eventide facility in Jamestown to rebuild his strength when he was suddenly called home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Bertelle and his father and mother-in-law, John and Ida Frank.

Richard is survived by his wife, Betty Jean, daughter and son-in-law Pierette and Daron Johnson, grandchildren Kristin MaeJean and Ethan Robert Johnson, step granddaughters and their spouses, Chelsey and Neil Horner (Wishek) and Casey and Carter Sorch (Wilton) and 3 step great-grandchildren Nevaeh and Chet Horner and River Sorch.

Visitation – 10:00 a.m., to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church, Edgeley, ND.

Funeral Service - 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church, Edgeley, ND.

Interment to be held at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Edgeley.

Memorials may be sent to the Edgeley Ambulance, PO Box 1, Edgeley, ND  58433 or a charity of choice.

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Funeral Service
May 24, 2023

11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church (Edgeley)


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