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Category: Obituaries

  • Gene Kelly, 68, BS ’73 economics, worked as an area sales manager for the General Electric Co. from 1973 to 2002. He lived in Fargo.
  • Nordan Lunde, 72, BA ’73 speech, MS ’78, soil science, owned and operated, along with his wife, Soil Testing and Consulting for 50 years and Dakota Sausage Kitchen for 20 years. He was a member of the Davenport Lions Club, the volunteer fire department and the North Dakota professional soil classifiers. He lived in Davenport, North Dakota.
  • Charles Franks, 71, BS ’70 civil engineering, MA ’83, community and regional planning, was an architect-engineer with the U.S. Postal Service in Minneapolis. He was initially assigned to a 50-Post Office territory covering portions of North Dakota and Minnesota. After serving 25 years in that capacity, his territory had expanded to include states in the Upper and Central Midwest, including 2,700 Post Offices. He was an amateur photographer who won several honors, including a Grand Champion of the Year award. He lived in Anoka, Minnesota.
  • Betty (Dickson) Holes, 98, BS ’44 home economics, was a homemaker. She was active in her church, American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and Town and Country Homemakers. She lived in Hunter, North Dakota.
  • Kenneth Szymanski, 86, BS ’61 electrical and electronic engineering, joined Western Electric in 1962 and retired in 1992 as the western region installation manager. Western Electric evolved into AT&T Technologies Inc. He was an Army veteran who lived in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • David Drake, 69, BS ’76 animal science, managed a meat company following graduation. He later worked in the elevator repair industry for 42 years, owning Drake Inc. for the last 14 years of his career. He was an Army veteran who lived in Thayer, Nebraska.
  • Leo Kim, 73, BUS ’75 university studies, was a renowned commercial and art photographer based in the Twin Cities. He published a photo book called “North Dakota: Prairie Landscape” in 2003. He lived in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Dorothy Teskey, 77, BS ’64 home economics education, worked for Swift and Co. as a product home economist for the Fresh Meat and Butterball Turkey divisions, demonstrating products throughout the country. She later worked at the National Livestock and Meat Board; for California Eastern Labs, a computer chip company; and as a culinary arts instructor for the Mingo Job Corps’ education department. She lived in Mesa, Arizona.
  • Benjamin Mueller, 36, BS ’01 computer science, was employed at Microsoft as a premier field engineer. He lived in Liverpool, New York.
  • Wayne Weishaar, 76, BS ’65 animal science, worked the family farm in Adams County in North Dakota. He served in the North Dakota National Guard for six years, and was named the 1970 North Dakota Outstanding Guardsman. He and his wife, Gail, received the Honorary State FFA Degree from the South Dakota FFA Association in 1989 and were the Adams County Harvest Bowl honorees in 2017. He lived in Lemmon, South Dakota.

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