Obituary of Ordell James Enstad
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Ordell James Enstad was born in McVille, North Dakota on August 11, 1943, the son of Martha (Steigberg) and Orville Enstad. Ordell grew up on a farm in Pekin, North Dakota until the age of 13 when he moved with his family to Arvilla North Dakota. He graduated from Larimore High School in 1961. In 1962, Ordell enrolled in Wahpeton State School of Science where he studied auto mechanics. It was there that he met Shirley Piker, who was taking business classes. He and Shirley married on October 10, 1964 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Tabor, Minnesota. After college, Ordell worked for his dad as a contractor at Grand Forks North Dakota Air Force base. He and Shirley moved to Washington state on March 1, 1965, after responding to an ad they saw in the Grand Forks paper in search of an auto mechanic for Fairway Ford in Goldendale. He got the job and remained there for three years. The family later moved to Seattle, Washington where Ordell worked for Harris Ford in Lynwood. They returned to Goldendale in the early 70s and started Broadway Auto with Palmer Myra. Ordell worked there until his retirement on August 15, 2006. In his free time, Ordell loved flying, reading westerns, camping and spending time with his 5 grandsons. He was a 57-year member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Ordell went peacefully at his home on February 27th 2022 at 10:42 a.m. surrounded by his family. Ordell was 78 and is survived by his wife Shirley Enstad; sons Richard Enstad and Brian (Lynette) Enstad; grandchildren Ethan (Emily), Dean (Haily), Oscar, Milo, and Sebastian; and sisters Elizabeth (Craig) Gimmestad and Bernice (Dean) Loken. He was preceded in death by his first son Dean, sister Marjorie Juma, and his parents. A celebration of his life will be held at the New Life Assembly of God Church on March 12 at 11:00 a.m. 2022. To send condolences to Ordell’s family, please visit www.gardnerfh.com. In lieu of flowers, Ordell’s family asks that donations be made to: http://nhmin.org and The Goldendale Pregnancy Resource Center.