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Category: Obituaries

  • Janet Rybolt, 41, BS ’01 music education, was a music teacher in Garden Plain and Wichita, Kansas. Most recently, she taught special education at Campus High School in Haysville, Kansas, located near Wichita. She lived in Wichita. 
  • Joseph Pratschner, 92, BS ’49 civil engineering, was director of hospitals, nursing homes, Medicare and Medicaid for the North Dakota State Health Department. He was a Navy pilot during World War II. He lived in Prescott, Arizona.
  • Charles Bowman, 52, BS ’89 food and nutrition, was a Navy veteran who lived in Moorhead, Minnesota.
  • Willis Richard, 71, BArch ’67 architecture, was the owner of Willis Richard, Architect, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He lived in Winnipeg.
  • Martin Holoien, 85, MS ’59 mathematics, was director of the first computer center at Minnesota State University Moorhead and was the school’s first chair in the computer science department. He later was a computer science professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lived in Santa Barbara, California.
  • Andrew Quinn, 69, BS ’68 economics, was a center on the Bison national championship football team in 1965. He owned and operated a century farm near Litchfield, Minnesota. He was a driving force in the development of the Bushmill ethanol plant. He also was a long-time member of The Minnesota State High School League and a volunteer football coach for Dassel-Cokato High School. He was active in the National Corn Growers Association. He lived in Litchfield, Minnesota. 
  • Thomas Hanson, 53, BS ’83 business administration, lived in Fargo. 
  • Francis Romsdal, 63, BS ’74 civil engineering, worked with the family-owned Central Sales Inc., an Allis-Chalmers dealership, in Jamestown, North Dakota, with his father and brothers. He retired as president and general manager after working for the company for 38 years. He was an official in the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and North American Equipment Dealers Association. In 2013, he received the Jamestown Citizen Award. He lived in Jamestown.
  • Reinold Kunkel, 94, BS ’41 animal science, was an executive by Kraft Foods from 1948 to 1985, retiring as research and development director for regulatory science. He worked in Glenview, Illinois, and New York with extensive periods of travel for work-related projects. He lived in Burnsville, Minnesota.
  • Leonard Astrup, 86, BS ’49 pharmacy, founded and operated Sterling Drug in Austin, Minnesota. He was a member of the Minnesota Pharmacy Association, served on the University of Minnesota Century Mortar Club Board, and he was a lifetime licensee of the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy. He was a member of the Lions Club, Sons of Norway, Masons, Austin Country Club and Sterling Shopping Center Business Association. He lived in Austin. 

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