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Category: Obituaries

  • Timothy Kostelecky, 73, BS ’71 mechanical engineering, was an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam Era. He lived in Bradenton, Florida.
  • Charyl (Gress) Palmer, 82, BS ’62 physical education, was a science teacher for many years and also worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo. She lived in Lake Park, Minnesota.
  • John Shepler, 59, BS ’95 mechanical engineering, started his career at Case New Holland as a test engineer and later advanced to wheel loader product validation manager, which involved validation activities in Fargo; Lecce, Italy; Berlin, Germany; and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He then was named manager of validation methodologies for both construction and agricultural equipment. Since 2020, he was in charge of coordinating product certification and approval activities for all world markets. He lived in Fargo.
  • Joseph “Jay” Crawford, 76, MS ’76 soil science, was an environmental engineer for the North Dakota Department of Health and later was an insurance risk manager. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Donald Tillisch, 82, MBA ’88 business, was a Certified Commercial Investment Member and focused on commercial real estate investment. He was an Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam. During his time in the military, he completed Ranger training and earned several commendations, including the Bronze Star. He lived in Fargo.
  • Vicki (Strand) Fugleberg, 78, BS ’65 mathematics, earned a master’s degree in mathematics education from Minot State University. She lived in in Portland, North Dakota.
  • Harold Mitchell, 81, BS ’64 industrial engineering, worked for Whirlpool Corp. in the Kenmore Appliance Group. He lived in St. Joseph, Michigan.
  • Reta (McConnachie) Nelson, 91, BS ’53 home economics, was a home economics teacher in Tower City, North Dakota, and later was a homemaker. She lived in Valley City North Dakota.
  • Betty Lou (Thompson) Pyle, 99, BA ’82 political science, farmed with her husband near West Fargo and Casselton, North Dakota. She was one of two North Dakota representatives on the Republican National Committee from 1980-1988. She was a member of the boards for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and for Bethany Homes in Fargo. She lived in Alexandria, Minnesota.  
  • James L. Jacobson, 81, BS ’65 general agriculture, was an FHA loan officer in Bagley, Minnesota, and was with the Soil Conservation Service in Roseau and Moorhead, Minnesota. He also owned and operated Jacobson Oil in Shelly, Minnesota. He later worked at the University of Minnesota in Crookston, Minnesota, as a research farm manager. He lived in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

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