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Category: Obituaries

  • Lila (Vilhauer) Rector, 73, BS ’88, home economics, served in the ministry with her husband in several communities in Texas, Minnesota and North Dakota. She lived in Dilworth, Minnesota. February 2017
  • Myron Birkeland, 83, BS ’56, agricultural education, was a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at New Rockford High School. He later worked at Rockford Oil and Town and Country Motors of New Rockford and Carrington, North Dakota. He lived in New Rockford. February 2017
  • Donna (Kist) Van Sickle, 77, diploma ’60, Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, worked as a nurse for more than 20 years at Dakota Hospital in Fargo and later was director of nursing at Gwah-Ching Center, a psychiatric facility in Walker, Minnesota. She lived in Roseville Minnesota.  February 2017
  • Burton Piper, 97, BS ’41, electrical and electronic engineering, worked 40 years with Westinghouse Electric Corp. of Pittsburgh, where his work took him to Iran, Saudi Arabia and several cities across the country. He lived in New Rockford, North Dakota February 2017
  • Jacob Sigmund, 85, honorary alumnus ’83, owned S&S Construction Co. in Moorhead, Minnesota; F-M Asphalt of Dilworth, Minnesota; and Lakes Paving in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He later purchased the Rivera Heights Mobile Home Park in Fargo and the Treetop Restaurant in Moorhead. He was an NDSU Foundation Life Trustee. He lived in Fort Collins, Colorado. February 2017
  • Rosella (Fandrich) Greenshields, 90, Diploma ’47, Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, operated a ranch with her husband near Dodge, North Dakota. She lived in Bismarck, North Dakota. February 2017
  • Bernard Bayliss, 83, BS ’58, electrical and electronic engineering, worked at the Grand Forks Air Force Base from 1967 until his retirement in 1992.  He lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota. February 2017
  • Irene (Langseth) Olson, 94, MS ’72, food and nutrition, was a dietitian and dietetics educator at hospitals and nursing homes in Arthur and Wahpeton, North Dakota; and New York Mills, Twin Valley, Ulen, Lake Park and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. She lived in Horace, North Dakota.   February 2017
  • Theodore Gray Jr., 88, MEd ’80, educational administration, was an Army veteran who served during WWII and the Korean War. He was a teacher in several states, eventually settling in Minot, North Dakota. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota. February 2017
  • James R. Olsen, 70, BS ’68, economics, earned a Bronze Star as an Army soldier serving in Vietnam. He had a 35-year career in the automobile industry, rising to be national business manager for Chrysler Corp. and, later, president of Arrow Pontiac-Buick-GMC in the Twin Cities. He lived in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. February 2017

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