Ardell James "AJ" Nush, 74, Makoti, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in a Garrison nursing home.
Ardell was born April 6, 1938, in Minot, the son of Joseph and Pearl Gladys (Bergeson) Nush. He was raised in Makoti, where he attended school and graduated from Makoti High School in 1957. On Dec. 29, 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict where he was stationed in Florida and Fort Ford in California. Following his honorable discharge on Dec. 12, 1963, he attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton to study auto mechanics.
AJ lived his entire life in Makoti where he worked as the janitor at the Makoti High School and assisted Bud Huff as an electrician. He also worked for various farmers throughout the area and tended bar at the K-Bar. He served as parade chairmen for the Makoti Threshing Association for many years, was a member of the William Hanson American Legion Post and Hope Lutheran Church.
AJ enjoyed community activities, hunting, fishing, shooting pool and throwing darts with his friends. He also enjoyed playing pinochle and watching the Minnesota Twins.
Ardell is survived by: his sister, Darlene Morse (Rodney) of Minot; brother, Robert Nush (Nervoa) of Merced, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Lyle Peterson; and brothers, George and Gordon.
Funeral: Monday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. in Hope Lutheran Church, Makoti.
Interment with military honors will take place at Hope Cemetery, Makoti.
Visitation: Monday two hours prior to the service in the church.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.langhansfuneralhome.com).
(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)