Aaron Gullickson, 93, Cannon Ball, North Dakota, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017, at his residence. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 20, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, North Dakota with Rev. Walter Clark officiating. Visitation is scheduled for 5-7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 19, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan, with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.
Aaron was born December 20, 1923, at Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to Clarence and Lavina (Knudson) Gullickson. He was raised and educated in Cannon Ball and graduated from Solen High School. As a young boy, he raised 100 baby chicks. When they matured he traded them to his father for his first heifer calf; named "Pretty Girl". Every cow since then had its own name. He ranched his whole life and established the Gullickson Diamond A Ranch in 1953. On May 20, 1962, he married Bernice Strand. Aaron was known for his love of family, cows, horses, cats, and the land. He loved raking hay, driving 4-wheeler, sharing old stories and photographs, drawing pictures of horses and sharing his Hersey's chocolate.
Through the years he was active in the community including the Solen Fire Board and the FHA Board. In later years, he was proud that the Gullickson Ranch achieved the North Dakota Conservation Achievement award, and the North Dakota Angus Association Commercial Breeder of the Year.
Everyone loved Aaron. He was known as a man of integrity. His gentle spirit, kindness, and his generosity was second to none. "His word was his bond."
He is survived by his wife; four children, Kim (Duane) Sattler, Richardton, North Dakota, Jay (Salena), Cannon Ball, Clair (Sue), Solen, North Dakota, Vicki (Mark) Riddle, Frisco, Texas; sister-in-law, Shirley Strand, Strasburg, North Dakota; one brother, Owen (Johnelle), Fort Yates, North Dakota; 11 grandchildren, Shawn, Ashton, Haley, Evan, Ethan, Cole, Callie, Carsten, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Raymond; numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Aaron was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dale, and Warren; son-in-law, Joe Connolly; brother-in-law, Edward Strand; two grandchildren, Robin and Amanda; three grandchildren who are angels in heaven.
Please sign his guestbook and share memories at www.dawiseperry.com. Funeral arrangements are being made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan, North Dakota.