Russell Oliger


Will Kincaid/Tribune: Russ Oliger shows off some of his fossilized dinosaur bones at the Gem and Mineral show.

Russell Oliger, 71, of Menoken, ND, passed away on December 22, 2020 in a Bismarck hospital.


A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the Bismarck Funeral Home.   Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. A Livestream of the Service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.


No visitation will be held as cremation has taken place.


Russ was born on January 9, 1949 to Donald and Mildred (Williamson) Oliger in Bismarck, ND.  He was raised and educated in Bismarck and graduated from BHS in 1968.  Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in January of 1969 and was honorably discharged on May 31, 1989.  Russ was a member of the Central Gem and Mineral Society and loved teaching and showing his many stones and rocks.  He loved to golf everyday with his brother, Ray, and brother-in-law, Del.  Also, he was an avid marksman and collected guns.


He is survived by one stepdaughter, Helen Atkinson of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one brother, Ray Oliger, of Bismarck; 2 sisters, Dolores Meidinger and Jayden Lippert of Bismarck; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Oliger; grandchildren, Julian (Sydney) Oliger, Carson, and Rhylee; great granddaughter, Chandler; and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Karl; 3 brothers, Marvin, Donald, and James; 1 sister, Margaret Olsen; and 2 nieces, Linda Wetsch and Vicki Ketterling.

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