In Memory Of

Duane Anderson


Duane Anderson

 

Duane H. “Andy” Anderson, 80, Dickinson, died Dec. 4, 2017, at St. Benedict’s Health Center, Dickinson. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, with the Rev. Lisa Lewton officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until service time Thursday at Ladbury Funeral Service. Duane was born Oct. 31, 1937, in Richardton, son of Hartvik and Jennie (Reems) Anderson. He was raised and educated in Halliday and attended Dickinson State College. Duane was united in marriage to Joanne Jorgenson Oct. 8, 1960, in Fargo. He worked at Sax Motors, the North Dakota Highway Department, and was a patrolman with the Dickinson Police Department prior to beginning his career at Liberty National Bank and Trust. He began in the Insurance and Ag Loan Department, eventually becoming the president and CEO of Liberty National, retiring in 1990. He belonged to the SW Bankers Group, North Dakota Housing Agency, North Dakota Bankers Association, Elks Lodge, North Dakota Independent Bankers, Dickinson Chamber of Commerce, Blue Hawk Boosters, and DSU Alumni Association. In his spare time he enjoyed water sports, camping, hunting, fishing, traveling, cycle rides, and old car collections. Andy is survived by his wife, Joanne; their two children, Barry (April) Anderson, Champlin, Minn. and Shelly (Dana) Sorensen, Rapid City, S.D.; and two sisters, Carol (Hilmer) Huber, Stillwater, Minn., and Beverly Reno, Florence, Ky. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

 

Elaine Bares


Elaine Bares

 

A funeral Mass for Elaine Bares, 80, of Dickinson, will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Queen of Peach Catholic Church, Dickinson, with Father Todd Kreitinger celebrating. Entombment will follow in the Dickinson Mausoleum. Visitation for Elaine will be 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 5 at Stevenson Funeral Home with a vigil service being held at 7:00 p.m. Elaine passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Elaine Esther Kittelson was born August 19, 1936 in beach, ND to Donald (Homberg) and Esther (Schaal) Kittelson. She grew up on the family farm north of Beach and attended Little Beaver Rural School. Elaine graduated from Beach High School in 1954. She then attended Dickinson Teachers College. On June 26, 1956 Elaine and Lawrence Bares were married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Beach, ND. The couple made their home in Dickinson, ND. During this time, Elaine worked in bookkeeping at various places. She volunteered at their church and the hospital over the years. Elaine was very proud of her flowers and gardening. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, baking, and getting together with her coffee group. Elaine is survived by her husband, Larry, Dickinson; daughter, Renee (John) Fransen, Coleharbor; son, Donald (Pam) Bares, Dickinson; grandchildren, Carrie (Kevin) Thompson and Brian (Renee) Fransen, Bradley and Brittany Bares, Brooklyn and Remington Barrett; great-grandchildren, Elijah Thompson and Axel Fransen; sisters, Colleen Clark, Scottsdale, AZ, Darlene (Charles) Peterson, West Fargo, ND. She is precede in death by her parents.

 

 

Sam Birdsall


Sam Birdsall

 

Bruce “Sam” Birdsall, 83, longtime resident of Dickinson, passed away on Feb. 27, 2016, at St. Benedict’s Health Center following a short illness. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST Thursday, March 3, at St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson, with the Revs. Lisa Lewton and Joe Natwick officiating. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. CST Friday at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. MST today at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, with a prayer service being held at 7 p.m. MST. Visitation will continue on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. MST at the church. Bruce “Sam” Birdsall was born Feb. 5, 1933, in Dickinson, the son of Fred P. and Helen (Culver) Birdsall. He grew up and attended school in Gladstone, graduating from Gladstone High School in 1951. While in school, Sam enjoyed playing basketball and was named All City Center in 1949, 1950 and 1951. On Sept. 17, 1953, Sam enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at the Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska and received the National Defense Service Medal of Honor. He was honorably discharged on July 8, 1955, at Fort Lewis, Wash. On June 16, 1956, Sam and Peggy Bergstresser were united in marriage in San Diego. Sam and Peggy returned to Dickinson and he began his career with the United States Postal Service. Sam retired from the USPS in 1990 after 28 years of service as a mail carrier. Following semi-retirement, he began working for Federal Express in Dickinson and Ohm Funeral Home in Bowman. Sam also enjoyed working for Price-Murphy Funeral Home for several years, before spending the last 12 years working as a funeral assistant with Stevenson Funeral Home. Sam had a passion for sports and could always be found front and center at sporting events for his children and grandchildren. He loved baseball and was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and served as chairman for the State of North Dakota American Legion overseeing baseball activities. Sam was a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Beach Buccaneers. Sam also enjoyed bowling and was inducted into the Dickinson Bowling Hall of Fame. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, serving as head usher and Sunday school teacher; Blue Hawk Booster Club, receiving the Loyalty Award; American Legion Post No. 3; 40-8 Voiture 696 Chef de Gare; and a life member of the Elks Lodge 1137. Sam is survived by his wife of 59 years, Peggy; his sons, Michael (Jenny), Cupertino, Calif., and Dodie, Boise, Idaho; his daughters, Cassie (Spud) Thompson, Dickinson, Carolyn (Bob) Fischer, Bismarck, and Stephanie (Rory) Farstveet, Beach; seven grandchildren, Jess (Cindy) Thompson, Cory Thompson, Scott (Amber) Thompson, Hannah Farstveet, Gunnar Farstveet, Molly Farstveet and Hawken Farstveet; five great-grandchildren, Nikola, Roiel, CorrieJean, Mallory and Cally; his brothers, Rodger (Connie), Sonora, Calif. and Jim (Jeri), Overland Park, Kan.; and his sisters, Arlys (Milo) Dullum, Dickinson, Peggy (Don) Jones, Dickinson, and Lynne Reinhiller, Bowman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Helen; his daughter-in-law, Marleen Feng; and one brother-in-law, Vernon Reinhiller.  

Winnie Stump DeLong


Winnie Stump DeLong

 

Winifred B. DeLong, 91, Dickinson, died April 12, 2018, at Miller Point, Mandan. There will be an informal gathering of family and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. today, April 17, at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson. Inurnment will take place at Rosehill Cemetery, Spearfish, S.D. Winifred Beardshear was born April 26, 1926, in Nemo, S.D., the daughter of Sam A. and Iva (Allan) Beardshear. She was raised in Nemo, and had lived in Spearfish, Athens, Ohio, and Dickinson. She had earned a BA degree from Black Hills State College, Spearfish, and eventually earned a MA and PhD from Ohio University, Athens. She had won a National Defense Fellowship for three years, so she could get her doctor's degree (having been the only women to have won one). Winifred was a college professor and administrator at Dickinson State for 23 years, retiring in 1990. Following retirement she was united in marriage to Oscar DeLong on Nov. 29, 1990, in Mesa, Ariz. They made Mesa their home for the next six years. When Oscar died June 29, 1996, she returned to North Dakota. She enjoyed reading, traveling, handwork and crafts. Winifred is survived by her children, Vicki (Harley) Schepp, Dickinson, Maridale Sand, Eagan, Minn., and Gerald A. (Sue) Stump, Billings, Mont.; grandchildren, Thomas Cole, Lonny Cole, Wayne Cole, Kimberly Cole, Scott Holtslander, Laura Ficek, Christy Hense, Aaron Stump, Dennis Sand and Eric Sand; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Gerald Stump and Oscar DeLong; one daughter, Nancy Seybold; one son, James Stump; and two brothers, Allan Beardshear (killed in WWII), and Dale Beardshear. 

Alice Mae Fiedler


Alice Mae Fiedler

 

Alice Mae Fiedler went to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Bismarck. She was 90 years old. Services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, July 16, at Eastgate Funeral Service Chapel, 2302 E. Divide Avenue, Bismarck. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Friday, July 15, at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck. Burial will take place at 11:30 am CT Monday, July 18, at Sunnyslope Cemetery, Mott. Born in Mott, oldest of nine, Alice Roozen excelled in her school work, graduating as salutatorian in 1943. She was musical and athletic, part of the Mott Follies dance and tumbling teams. The textbook example of an overachiever, Alice taught herself shorthand and through her high school years worked for various businesses in Mott taking dictation. She also belonged to the Rainbow Girls in Mott. She married Jacob (Jake) Rueben Fiedler on November 1, 1943, in Sydney, MT. While starting a family, they cared for four of her siblings. They farmed southwest of Mott, ND until 1964, when they moved into town. She logged hundreds of hours for the Ground Observer Corp watching for low flying aircraft during the ‘cold war’. She would later go on to work for the Hettinger County Superintendent of Schools, retiring in 1979. Upon Jake’s death in 1985, Alice moved to Bismarck, ND. A classic intellectual, Alice was an excellent wordsmith, researching words and their meanings, even while she was at Edgewood Vista and Missouri Slope Care Center. Alice kept detailed diaries in which she made daily entries since the 1940’s. She entered essay contests, winning small prizes she would later donate to others. Her scholarly aptitudes were only superseded by her servant’s heart. With her ability to touch hearts and souls, Alice’s Christian faith would guide her through life. She welcomed all into her home with the gift of hospitality, and she cooked for them the finest local cuisine. Music was also a passion of hers, from polkas and waltzes to modern hits, Alice enjoyed listening to music as well as singing it, belonging to many vocal groups throughout the years. Alice loved to dance, play cards, swim at the YMCA, and socialize over coffee. The organizations she belonged to were RSVP, where she was volunteer of the week 1989, American Legion (past president), VFW and Bismarck Eagles Auxiliary, Hettinger County Historical Society, Germans from Russia Heritage Society (a charter member), Friends of the Library, The Senior Citizen Singers, the Mott Evangelical Church, Volunteer Caregivers Exchange, Good Neighbors Club, Hettinger County homemakers clubs, and God’s Child. She volunteered for the North Dakota Aging Services, Bismarck Health Fair, March of Dimes, Bismarck Senior Center, Silver Hair Legislature, Mandan-Bismarck Orchestral Association, and Bismarck Chamber of Commerce. She is survived by four daughters and three sons: Charlotte (Jerry) Phillips, Casper WY, Michael (Portia), Boise ID, Ruth Herron, Boise ID, Melodie Hauck, Lakeside CA, Gerry (Charles) Schaal, Beach ND, Leland (Evelyn), Vinita OK, Leslie, Bismarck ND; daughter-in-law, Joanne (Pat) Fresno Ca; two sisters, Kaye (Ed) Roozen Smaltz, Ocean Springs MS, and Janet (Dennis) Roozen Meyers, Oregon City OR; 3 brothers, Gerald (Carol) Roozen and Harold Roozen, Hawthorne CA, Lee (Marie) Roozen, Los Angeles; 14 grandchildren: David (Christine) Baldwin, Cassandra (Andy)Holman, Crystal Fiedler, Candace (Ben) Garfin, Catherine (Brett) Cook, Eric (Xee)Fiedler, Jennifer (Patrick)Barcellos, Chad Bullinger, Jenean Mistelske, Alicia (Evan) Soares, Amanda (Jesse) Kille, Meagan Schaal, Kendra and Chelsea Fiedler. 18 great-grandchildren, Daniel, KayLyn and Taylor Baldwin, Brooklyn, Logan, McKenzie, Tristan Holman, Madison Bear, Luke Cook, Elijah and Aliyah Fiedler, Andrew and Brandon Barcellos, Nicole, Nathan and Logan Soares, Tiffany and Brittany Mistelske; two great-great-grandchildren, Harmony and Mason Mistelske. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Fiedler; son, Patrick; sisters, Joyce Roozen Walker; Edith Roozen McCoy; infant brother William Roozen; father, William Roozen; and mother, Wilda Green Roozen Ellsworth. 

Janice Henning


JaniceHenning

 

Janice Henning, 90, Dickinson, died Monday, May 14, 2018 at CHI St. Alexius, Dickinson. There will be a Gathering of Family of Friends on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ladbury Funeral Service followed by Graveside Services at Dickinson Cemetery, with Rev. Joe Natwick presiding. Janice McBride was born March 28, 1928 in Dickinson, daughter of Morton and Emma (Lish) McBride. She was raised in educated in Dickinson and graduated from Dickinson High School. She went on to attend Dickinson State Teachers College and earned a degree in Social Studies education.On July 2, 1960 she was united in marriage to Will Henning in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. During her life she taught in Williston High School, Glen Ullin High School and most recently the Adult Learning Center in Dickinson.She enjoyed telling stories with her sister Nancy and her nieces and nephews to the point of tears from laughter. She belonged to the Delta Kappa Gamma (having served as state president at one point), Alpha Sigma Alpha Organization. She enjoyed reading, going to their lake cabin and listening to her great-grandkids read. She had such a love to help adult basic education students that she would bring them to her own home to educate them. She always made sure her granddaughter had anything she wished.Janice is survived by her husband of 57 years, Will; two children, Nancy Henning and Daren Henning; one granddaughter, Amy Roadarmel; two great-grandchildren, Aspen and Tesher Roadarmel; one sister, Nancy (Harold) Krieg; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Carol and Audrey; and one brother, Morton. 

Ed "Buck" Hollinger


Ed Hollinger

 

Edward J. "Buckshot" Hollinger, 87, passed away on February 14, 2018, surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. Fr. Paul Eberle will celebrate the Mass with a Rosary and Vigil Service on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church. Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. CST at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND.Born in Lefor on June 27, 1930 to Henry and Katharine (Grundhauser) Hollinger, Buck enjoyed the time spent helping at his Uncle Paul's farm. When the family moved to Dickinson, he discovered sportsa passion he retained his entire life. His greatest joy was watching his kids and grandkids compete.Buck graduated from Dickinson High School in 1949, and attended DSC for 2 years before enlisting in the Air Force, where he served for 4 years. His military time was spent as a Staff Sergeant at air bases in Rapid City and the Philippines. After his honorable discharge, he returned to DSC, finishing his BS degree in Social Studies, PE, and Business. While there he continued his love of sports by playing basketball and football for the "Savages" "Blue Hawks".He married the love of his life, Therese (Terry) Schmalz on August 27, 1956. They celebrated 61 years of marriage and raised 6 children.Buck's first job took him to Glen Ullin, ND. He served as HS Principal, taught classes and coached football, basketball, and baseball. In his spare time, he enjoyed refereeing high school sports with his partner, Tony Engelhardt. He was also a dedicated member of the Elks and Lion's Clubs. He spent 3 summers earning his Masters in Education at Montana State. In 1967, he became the HS Superintendent until leaving Glen Ullin to become the superintendent of Beach High School in 1975. Because he wanted to work with younger kids, he finished his educational career in Bowman, ND, as Elementary Principal, from 1980 until his retirement in 1990.He and Terry spent their retirement enjoying golf, watching local sports teams, and playing cards. They truly enjoyed being involved in the local church and community. The time they spent at Hawks Point in Dickinson was a highlight for Buck as he had the chance to reconnect with his friends from college, going for coffee, watching the Blue Hawks, and telling jokes.Buck is survived by his wife, Terry (Bowman), and their 6 children: Lynn Brown (Jeff), Scranton, Mark Hollinger (Beth), Texas, Pamela Wilcox (Marvin), Oklahoma, Edward, Jr. (Laurie), Minnesota, Mary Pearson (Craig), California, and William (Cheryl), South Dakota; along with 3 sisters, Dorothy Kilwein, Betty Kuntz, and Mary Ebenhoeh. His 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren brought him immense pride and joy.He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Richard and Andy, and his sister, Marcella.

Phyllis Hudson


Phyllis Hudson

 

Phyllis M. Hudson, 78, Dickinson, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at home with her family gathered around. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 2 pm until 4 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson. Inurnment will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Phyllis Mitchell was born April 16, 1937 at Chicago, Ill. to Joseph and Jessye (Albertson) Mitchell. Phyllis graduated from Rolla High School in 1955. She was confirmed at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Rolla and taught Sunday School at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church while living in Corpus Christi, Texas. While living in Corpus Christi, Phyllis worked as a physicians assistant at the Hospital of Texas for ten years and then six years in management. After moving to Virginia, Phyllis spent four years in apartment management.Phyllis is survived by her husband Robert "Bob", Dickinson; four children, Janie (Gary) Burnett, Reeves, La., Steven (Erin) Jensen, Western Australia, Todd (Julie) Jensen, Corpus Christi, and Annie (Clint) Johnson, Dickinson; six grandchildren, Blaine, Lindsay, Nicholas, Monica, Emily, and Ty; two great-grandsons, Jack and Shawn; two sisters Evelyn Bryant, St. John and Margaret Hart, Belfield, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Kathy Jaeger


Kathy Jaeger

 

Kathleen (Kathy) Jaeger, 67, Bismarck, died November 24, 2016, at Sanford Health, Bismarck. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, December 2, at McCabe United Methodist Church, 1030 N 6th Street, Bismarck, with Pastor Scott Bauman from Charity Lutheran Church officiating where Kathy and her husband are members. A private family burial service will be held in Fargo on Saturday. The family will be greeting visitors from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Thursday, December 1, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Kathy was born in Fargo, ND, to Robert and Inez (Smeby) Grangaard on July 28, 1949. She lived the first five years of her life in Fargo. The family moved to Oakes ND in 1954 where Kathy attended elementary school. In 1963, the family returned to Fargo. She attended Ben Franklin Middle School and graduated from Fargo North High School in 1967, which had split days with Fargo South because of the fire that had destroyed Central High. She graduated from Moorhead State College with honors. For many summers during her growing up years, the family went camping almost every weekend. Kathy often shared her experiences of camping, the types of campers the family owned, and the campgrounds they visited. One of her activities on those trips was reading, which was an avid pastime she continued throughout her life. After college, Kathy was a teacher for one year in Kalstad, MN. She then worked for several years for Straus Clothing in Fargo and for several years at the University of North Dakota Medical School Library located at the VA Medical Center, Fargo. Kathy married Thomas P Anderson in 1975. They had one son, Todd. She married Alvin (Al) Jaeger on June 7, 1986. Their first daughter, Stacy, was born on the same day as their first anniversary. Their other daughter, Heidi, was born four years later in 1991. In 1993, the family moved to Bismarck after her husband was elected the Secretary of State for North Dakota. There, a friend introduced her to the world of quilting, which soon became a passion for Kathy. It resulted in her attending many quilting retreats in Medora and at the Camp of the Cross near Garrison, among others. She accumulated a “stash” of fabric, as does every obsessed quilter. Kathy used it to create many sizes of lovely quilts for family and friends. Kathy is survived by her 97 year old mother, Inez Grangaard, Fargo ND; her husband of 30 years, Al Jaeger; her son, Todd Anderson, Kodiak, Alaska; daughters, Stacy (Brian) Walz and grandson Micah, Minot ND, and Heidi Jaeger, Brian Head, Utah; her brother, Wayne Grangaard, Fargo ND; special cousin, Mary Nerby, Riverdale ND; her sister-in-law, Leah Jaeger, Murfreesboro TN; several nieces and nephews, along with their families; close friend Cindy Sorenson, Bismarck ND; her many quilting cohorts; and since their days at Moorhead State, her five college friends, who along with Kathy, collectively called themselves the purple passion ladies and met every spring for over thirty years. She was preceded in death by her father, and her brother-in-law, Clarence Jaeger.

Tom Jensen


Tom Jensen

A funeral Mass for Thomas E. Jensen, 85, of Dickinson, will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 16, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dickinson with Msgr. Patrick Schumacher celebrating. Entombment will follow at the Dickinson Mausoleum. Visitation for Tom will be 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15th at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson with a rosary and vigil service being held at 6:00 p.m. Tom passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, ND. Thomas E. Jensen was born September 18, 1929 in Minot, ND to Ellsworth and Margaret (Galvin) Jensen. He attended elementary school in Mountrail County and graduated from high school in Omemee, ND. He then attended and graduated from Minot State College in 1950. He later received a Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and an Ed. D. from the University of North Dakota. He served in the US Army from 1950-52. On August 28, 1954, Tom married Joyce Allex at Epiphany Catholic Church in Watford City, ND. The couple was blessed with one daughter and five sons. Tom taught and was administrator at Antler, Maxbass and Bisbee, ND. He joined the faculty of Dickinson State University in 1966. He served for 10 years on the Trinity School Board of the Dickinson United Way. Tom received the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce Educator of the year award in 1991 and the Blue Feather Award from Dickinson State University in 1992. He was also a member of the Elks, Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Patrick’s Parish. He enjoyed all local sports, golfing and he was an avid Cubs fan. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Tom is survived by his wife, Joyce; six children, Kay (Bill) Berg, Dickinson, Michael (LuAnn) Jensen, Missoula, MT, James (Deidre) Jensen, Denver, CO, Charles (Elena) Jensen, Denver, CO, Bruce (Brenda) Jensen, Jamestown, and Steven (Christine) Jensen, Katy, TX; 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one sister, Donna Christen, Minot. He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter.   

Harlan Larsen


Harlan Larsen

A funeral service for Dr. Harlan C. Larsen, 93, of Dickinson, will be 11:00 am, Thursday, December 21, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastors Lisa Lewton and Joe Natwick officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation for Harlan will be 1:00 to 7:00 pm, Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Stevenson Funeral Home, with family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Harlan passed away December 15, 2017 at CHI St. Alexius, Dickinson. Harlan Clifton Larsen was born June 28, 1924 in Dickinson, the son of Holger and Clara (Lahren) Larsen. Growing up he attended Roosevelt Elementary and Dickinson Central High School, graduating with the class of 1942. While attending Dickinson State Teachers College, he was drafted into the US Army. During his service Harlan was selected into the engineering program and then special selection into medical school where he began his career in the medical field. After serving through WWII, he was honorably discharged. Harlan finished his education in Little Rock at the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1948. Harlan moved to St. Paul, MN to serve his internship and during this time he met Betty Lou Moreen. They were married on October 22, 1949 in Salina, KS. Harlan and Betty moved to Dickinson where he began his practice. They were blessed with five children. During the Korean Conflict, he was called to duty and served until he was discharged in 1952. Harlan proudly served the Dickinson and surrounding communities as a Physician for almost 50 years. Harlan was always ready for a new adventure like tackling the computer or learning to ski in his 50s. When Harlan made up his mind to try something, he was all in. He loved music (trumpet), painting, flying (private pilot’s license), wine making, grilling, skiing, tennis, bird watching, and hunting. The one constant throughout Harlan’s life was his love of golf. From his early days to his later years Harlan truly enjoyed being out on the golf course. Harlan was active in his community and his profession, serving as a member of Elks, Shriners, Masons, North Dakota Medical Association, Dickinson State College Alumni Association, North Dakota Academy of Family Practice, Board of Directors of Blue Shield of ND (Chairman), North Dakota OB-Gyn Society (Pres.), Southwestern District Medical Society (Pres.), St. Joseph’s Hospital Chief of Staff, and Dickinson Civic Music Association. Harlan loved visiting with family and friends. He always had a story or a joke ready to share. He leaves our community having touched many lives. Harlan will be remembered and greatly missed by all those who knew him. Harlan is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty of Dickinson; daughters Anne Kaldun of Inver Grove Heights, MN; Karin (Timothy) Carlson of Yakima, WA; Patricia (Robert) Johnson of Randolph, NJ; Martha (Paul) Rustad of Wayzata, MN; son, Eric Larsen of Minneapolis, MN; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister June Noyes of Billings, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, Holger and Clara Larsen; son-in-law, Gary Kaldun; and beloved dogs, Sam and Andy.

LaFern G. Pulkrabek


LaFern Pulkrabek

LaFern G. Pulkrabek, 96, of Bowman, ND, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman. Funeral Services for LaFern will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Mark Nygard will officiate with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. Visitation for LaFern will be from 9-9 on Friday, May 15, 2015. LaFern G. Roecker was born on June 13, 1918 in Mott, ND, the daughter of George and Flora Bell (Utter) Roecker. She was reared in Berry Township and attended grade school for Eight years until attending and graduating from Mott Lincoln High School in 1935. After High School, LaFern then attended and graduated from Dickinson State University where she received her standard teaching degree. LaFern then taught school at both Conner School #1 and Conner School #2 in Slope County. On June 8, 1939, LaFern was united in marriage to Emil Pulkrabek and they made their home on the Pulkrabek Homestead with Emil’s brother Rimond. They farmed for a number of years until retiring and moving into Bowman in April of 1973. LaFern was very active in her communities and served on several of the boards. She loved raising a garden and flowers. Friends were always welcome for a meal. She was always ready and willing to help anyone in need. LaFern is survived by her sisters, Lois Barcroft, Camarillo, CA, and Anna Belle Penman of Rialto, CA and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death her parents, husband Emil, brother William and sister Mary.

 Betty Reichert


Betty Reichert

 

Betty Reichert, 87, Dickinson, died Sunday, October 19, 2008 at the St. Luke’s Home, Dickinson. Following Betty’s wishes there will be a private service held with burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Dickinson with Fr. Todd Kreitinger presiding. Betty Jane Magers was born March 19, 1921 at Caldwell, Kansas the daughter of Ira H. and Jessie M. (Cormack) Magers. Betty married Walter Francis Reichert on May 17, 1946 in Topeka, Kansas and together they made Dickinson their home. Her husband Francis died on July 23, 1971. Betty is survived by two cousins, Ms. Annette Anderson and Mr. Robert Willis; sister-in-law, Ms. H.L. (Virginia) Reichert; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

 

 Erv and Marilyn Kessel

 

 

For Erv and Marilyn Kessel, it seems that becoming part of the Dickinson State family was inevitable. Both being born and raised in Dickinson,

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Von Riddle


Von Riddle

Von Lester Riddle, 78, Dickinson, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 at his home, with his wife by his side. Funeral services for Von will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, with Pastor Janel Kolar officiating. Burial will follow at Pioneer Cemetery, Taylor, ND. Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Stevenson Funeral Home with a Masonic Service and Prayer Service being held at 6:00 p.m. Von Riddle was born to Lester Lee Riddle and Irene Catherine (Eder) Riddle in Harlem, Montana, on December 19th, 1938. He had 3 sisters (Alice, Delores and Florence) and one brother (Henry). At age 3, Von moved with his family to the Riddle ranch in Libby, Montana, where he began his working career as a “gandy dancer” for the railroad. After a few years maintaining tracks for the railroad, Von’s next job was at the Saint Regis saw mill, where he served as a handyman for all of their departments. With his first wife, Von had 3 children: Sherri Lynn, Gary Von and Allison Leone. Von met Patricia May Benzie during her first teaching assignment in Libby, Montana. On June 28th, 1970, in Dickinson, North Dakota, he married Pat, who became his best friend and partner for the following 46 years. Following 3 years in Baraboo, WI, they moved to Dickinson, North Dakota, where their two children (Patricia Irene and Lester Donovan) were born. Dickinson remained Von’s home until his passing. Von’s brother Henry, already a truck driver, taught him to drive semi-trucks, which would become his lifelong career. Von drove over a million miles as a trucker. He was known for his professionalism, safety record, and effectiveness as an instructor for new drivers. Von drove for North American Van Lines, Cloverdale Dairy, CENEX Transportation, Schwartzmann Trucking, Jesperson Farms AG Delivery, G.A. Sadowsky Fuel Supplier, and Hoovestol Postal and Freight Transportation. In his retirement, Von worked for Winn Construction in an unofficial capacity. Von was involved in the First Congregational Church men’s fellowship group, Dickinson Masonic Lodge #32, Frontiersmen El Zagal Shriners, Boy Scouts (as a leader in Troop 32), and West Dakota Auto Club. An active Shriner, Von loved demonstrating and selling toys at their annual circus. Von enjoyed numerous hobbies, including hunting, fishing, and black powder rifles. Von loved socializing, with family, friends- and anyone he was around. Von made such an impression on hospital staff that the nurses jockeyed for the fun of having him as a patient. Von was an enthusiastic cook and baker, who loved to read cookbooks, and was known for his delicious rhubarb cake. Von’s children and grandchildren recall the hearty laughter that showed his love of family. Neighborhood kids and grandkids alike reveled in his enthusiasm for the latest toys. His long hours driving semi-trucks didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for exploration, still enjoying road trips with family and friends. Von enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, documentaries, old Westerns, MeTV and audiobooks. Von was preceded in death by his father, mother, sisters, Delores Lisonbee and Florence Mays, brother-in-law Bill Waits, and sister-in-law Jackie Riddle. Von is survived by his wife Pat Riddle, sister Alice Waits, Centralia, WA brother Henry Riddle, Cut Bank, MT; five children, Tricia Riddle (Dr. Anthony) Morton, Albuquerque, NM, Lester Riddle, Dickinson, Sherri Murry, Puyallup, WA, Gary Riddle, Elk River, MN, and Allison Dunlap, McMinnville, OR; 13 grandchildren: Keelin, Eli and Fiona Morton; Amanda, Sadie, Heidi, and Melissa Riddle; Nicholas and Madeline Murry; Christine (Dunlap) Paulsen, Alicia, Robert, and William Dunlap. Lillian Paulsen, is Von’s great-grandchild.

Genevieve Rost


Genevieve Rost

 

Genevieve Katherine Rost, age 89, of Dickinson, North Dakota, formerly of Golva, North Dakota, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015 at St. Benedicts Health Center in Dickinson. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Silha Funeral Home in Beach. A Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Golva. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Golva with Father Dan Berg officiating. Rite of Committal will be held in the Wibaux City Cemetery in Wibaux, Montana. Silha Funeral Home of Beach has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Genevieve was born on September 17, 1925 in Golva to Frank and Catherine (Jackale) Schrom. She began her education in Golva and graduated from Golva High School with the class of 1942. She then went on to attend Dickinson State College for two years where she earned a first grade teaching certificate.
In 1944, she went to work for the bank in Golva. In 1947, when Golva was incorporated as a village, she was nominated to be the village clerk. This position was then combined with the village treasurer position. During her life, Genevieve worked as city auditor of Golva, was the school clerk for Lone Tree School #6, worked on the Board of Equalization and bookkeeper at Golden West Electric Co-op from 1952 until 1969. Totaling up her time (with as many as four jobs at a time) she served her community for over 108 years. Besides, in her spare time, for 41 years, she helped farmers with their income tax returns.
Genevieve’s nickname was “Jennie” (“Don’t spell it “Jenny” ‘cause that’s a mule!). She had a “witty” sense of humor and was always quick with a comeback. Dad said that Jennie was one of the sharpest ladies in Golden Valley County.
Jennie’s father, Frank Schrom, is a brother to Emelia (Schrom) Finneman, who is the mother of Norb Finneman, Roman Finneman, Eleanor Clarin, Lorine Knudson and Ralph Finneman making them her first cousins and to us a second cousin.
Genevieve married Walter “Walt” Rost on December 1, 1973 in Golva. Walter and Genevieve lived on his Beaver Hill farm four miles west of Wibaux. In 1994, they moved into the Golden Valley Manor in Beach, North Dakota. In 1997, they donated the farm to Home on the Range at Sentinel Butte, North Dakota. For the past five years she has resided in St. Benedicts Health Center in Dickinson.
Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her brother, Albert; her parents, Frank and Catherine; a brother-in-law, Jim; and nephew, Joe.
Genevieve is survived by her sister, Christine Stewart; her nieces, Patty Stewart and Judy (Alan) Stricker; her nephew, Rick Stewart; her cousin-in-law, Christine Finneman and the “second cousins”.

 

 

 Regina Roth


Regina Roth

 

Regina Raab was born March 14, 1931 in Dickinson, the daughter of Adam and Theresa (Anton) Raab. She grew up and attended school at Lefor, ND. After graduation from Lefor High School, she taught for a number of years at country schools close to her parents’ home. She decided to make teaching her career and went on to earn her Teaching Degree from Dickinson State Teacher College. After college she taught as a first and second grade teacher in the Mott, ND grade school. Regina was a dedicated teacher at Mott Public School, until her retirement; making an impact in the lives of many young students. On February 16, 1957, Regina and Robert Roth were united in marriage in Mott. Together they purchased sole ownership of Roth Excavation. They designed and built a new home in Mott, which they moved southwest of Gladstone after retiring in 1997. She kept very busy taking care of both her home and yard as well as helping her brother with their farmstead. Regina and her husband enjoyed traveling on extensive trips to various historical places. After the death of her husband and brother Irving, Regina assumed full responsibility for the farmstead as well as her home. She was very fond of her many pet cats and kittens at both places, and made daily trips from her home to the farm to care for the ones there and see that all was well at the farm. Regina is survived by many special friends, many of whom helped her with various work projects, gave her rides to town, bought her groceries and supplies, took her to visit gravesites of Bob and her family and to other special events, and brought occasional meals to her home. She is also survived by numerous cousins and distant relatives.

 

 

John Rusk


John Rusk

John H. Rusk, Jr., OD, 80, Dickinson died peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 8, 2016. John's Memorial Service will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2016 at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, with Rev. Janel Kolar officiating. Inurnment will take place at the Carrington Cemetery, Carrington. Visitation will be on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to visit and greet friends. John H. Rusk Jr. was born November 21, 1935 in Carrington, the only son of John H. and Mabel (Tenborg) Rusk. John had served honorably in the U.S. Army and the North Dakota National Guard. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor's in Geology and from Pacific University as a Doctor of Optometry. He began practicing in Dickinson in 1971, and retired in 2000.A sports fan and athlete in his younger years, John lettered in baseball at UND, and continued to follow Fighting Sioux sports (especially enjoying Men's Hockey National Championship #8 in April!). He was a Blue Hawk supporter as well, and stubbornly followed the Twins and Vikings.John married Joyce Elaine Montgomery on November 28, 1957 in Washington, Iowa. They moved to Dickinson in 1971. John and Joyce belonged to the Elks Lodge in Dickinson, and John was a Mason. He enjoyed golf, fishing and hunting, and prided himself on having one of the nicest lawns in the neighborhood.John is survived by his two sons, Kevan (Robyn) Rusk, East Grand Forks, Minn., and Kelley (Candy) Rusk, Frazee, Minn.; three grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew and Lauren. He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce on March 13, 2009, and his parents.

Larry Selle


Larry Selle

Larry Selle, 77, Dickinson, died Jan. 5, 2016, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. MST Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dickinson, with the Rev. Lisa Lewton officiating. Inurnment will take place at Killdeer Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. MST today at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. MST today at Ladbury Funeral Service. Born on Sept. 2, 1938, to Lena (Kind) and Berent Selle, Larry was raised on a small farm outside of Killdeer. He spent his boyhood years learning a love of the land and nature. When he wasn’t plowing fields and picking rocks, or fishing in the creek, he was picking on his siblings. While attending school at Bismarck Junior College, he met his sweetheart, Gayle Reager. They were married in 1959 and moved to Turtle Lake, where he began teaching at the age of 19. In 1961, he began a 40-year teaching career with Dickinson Public Schools. Most of these years were spent at Hagen Junior High teaching eighth-grade English. Years later, he still found great joy when meeting former students. While at Hagen, he touched many lives by coaching various sports, overseeing photography club and the school newspaper and directing drama club.
Larry was a charter member of the Elks Sodbuster band. He enjoyed years of playing the tuba, yodeling and making people smile. He was also involved in the Dickinson Education Association, North Dakota Education Association, Dickinson Public Schools Foundation and the church council. In his free time, Larry enjoyed golfing, camping, oil painting, fly-tying, fishing, hunting and hiking in the Killdeer Mountains. He was a talented woodworker, carpenter and puzzle-maker, creating wooden puzzles for his grandkids. His favorite pastime though, was playing and reading with his pride and joy, his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Gayle; and their three children, Loralee (Michael) Amb, Fargo, and their three children, Sheridan, Keaton and Bergen; Eric (Sue), Littleton, Colo., and their two boys, Brayden and Collin; and Jan (Todd) Schmidt, Bismarck, and their two children, Annalee and Carson. He is also survived by his sisters, Joyce (Bob) Farrell, New Jersey, and Carol Beckert and Gary (Beth) Selle, both of Dickinson; and many treasured nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother-in-law, Don Beckert. 

Joan Skabo


Joan Skabo

Joan Skabo, 79, Dickinson, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at Miller Pointe Nursing Home, Mandan. Joan's Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m. MDT, Monday, Oct. 22, at the Prairie Winds United Methodist Church, 2510 21st St. W., Dickinson, with Rev. Dick Rinearson officiating. Inurnment will take place at 3 p.m. CDT at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Joan Scharnowske was born April 22, 1939, in Bismarck, the daughter of Earle and Irene (Hedstrom) Scharnowske. She was raised and educated in Bismarck, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She went on to attend Minot State Teachers College where she met her future husband, Leland Skabo, while they were playing in the school band. She graduated from Mayville State College with a Bachelor of Science degree. Joan and Leland were united in marriage on June 1, 1961, at McCabe United Methodist Church in Bismarck. To this union two children were born, Jay and Paula. Joan taught elementary school in Wilton, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Ellendale and worked various administrative jobs at Dickinson State College. She retired as the Executive Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. After retirement, she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator at St. Benedicts Health Center, where she was named the N.D. Volunteer Coordinator of the Year, in 2000. Joan was a member of the PEO, the Blue Hawk Boosters, and enjoyed following the Elks Sodbuster Band, playing bridge, swimming and spending time at the cabin on Lake Tschida. Joan is survived by her son, Jay (Linda) Skabo, Bismarck; two grandchildren, Jacob Potter and Will Skabo; sister, Kay Meland, Mesa, AZ; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland; her daughter, Paula Hartze; her parents; brothers James and Raymond; brother-in-law Bruce Meland; and brother-in-law Lowell Skabo and his wife Verna. The family would like to thank the wonderful staffs at Hawks Point and Miller Pointe for the care and attention they gave to Joan.