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Category: Obituaries

  • Steven Kirsch, 64, BS ’80 civil engineering, worked as a structural engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in southeastern Minnesota. He lived in Kasson, Minnesota.
  • Durran “Hank” Unger, 92, BS ’59 arts and science, worked for the BNSF railroad, retiring in 1987. He was on the board of the United Savings Credit Union for 16 years, and also served on the board of the Fargo Golden K Kiwanis and the Senior Commission. He was an Army veteran who lived in Fargo.
  • Charles C. Peterson, 90, BS ’56 industrial engineering, worked for Micro Switch, a division of Honeywell, for 30 years. He worked on the switches for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space capsules for NASA. Near retirement, he earned his private pilot’s license and later worked for airports in Flagstaff and Phoenix and Southwest Airlines. He was a member of the Air National Guard and lived in Freeport, Illinois.
  • Conrad Giesler, 85, BS ’63 economics, was a certified public accountant who was a division controller for Boise Cascade and Woodgrain Millwork. He earned two national awards for manuscripts published by the Institute of Management Accounting and retired as an auditor with the Idaho State Insurance Fund. He was an Army veteran who lived in Boise.
  • Elizabeth (Larson) Nagel, 80, BS ’62 chemistry, worked as a psychologist in private practice and was adjunct faculty at United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities. She later was a photographer, writer and poet. She lived in Roseville, Minnesota.
  • Arthur Conklin, 73, BS ’71 mathematics; MEd ’76, EDS ’86 educational administration, was a teacher and principal in many schools, spending the last years of his career as superintendent of Oakes, North Dakota, Public Schools. He was chair of the North Dakota Educational Technology Council and was honored as the NDASA Southeast Region Superintendent of the Year in 1996, 2000 and 2003. He lived in Oakes.
  • Thomas Kopperud, 53, BS ’91 business administration, was a pilot who started Northern Jet Aviation in Fargo. He later was a heavy machinery operator at Asplin Excavating and Sand and Gravel and Martin Marietta. He lived in Fargo.
  • James Vetter, 85, MS ’69 educational administration, was superintendent at Milnor, Montpelier and Jud, North Dakota, and was elementary school principal at Edgeley, North Dakota. He also farmed during his 44-year career in education. He lived in Fargo.
  • Ronald Mattson, 69, BS ’74 pharmacy, worked as a pharmacist for more than 40 years. He lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  
  • James Zacha, 87, BS ’58, MS ’63 arts and science, was a teacher, coach, guidance counselor and superintendent. He later worked for Horace Mann Insurance at several locations around the country. He lived in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

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