I have a book on the history of Steele County, ND (where I grew up). The surname rang a bell with me. Listed is an Elmer Wasness whose parents were Erik & Randine Wasness. Elmer was born in Aneta, ND, farmed in Greenview Township (Steele County, ND). He married Thelma Ask in Fargo, ND in 1948.They had 3 sons: Carl, Ken and Ray.Elmer died Oct.6, 1969. Could these be your relatives?