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Category: Obituaries

  • Matthew Gyolai, 87, BS ’63 mechanical engineering, had a career with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, Connecticut. In retirement he helped his sons establish a custom home building business. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War who lived in Woodbury, Connecticut.
  • Bonnie (Schmidt) Johnson, 64, BS ’80 medical technology, was the laboratory director at Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen, North Dakota. She helped start Spotlight the Arts, spearheaded the renovation of the Hazen High School theater and had active roles with the Hazen Arts Council, Dollars for Scholars, South Shore Community Theater, 4-H, Hazen Convention and Visitors Bureau and Hazen and regional library boards. She lived in Hazen.
  • Duane Heley, 85, BS ’63 civil engineering, worked as a professional engineer in Fargo, primarily in the area of soils and material testing. He lived in Mesa, Arizona.
  • Frederick “Duane” Baillie, 94, BS ’54 pharmacy, operated Baillie’s Drug Store in Rugby, North Dakota. He was a past president of the North Dakota Pharmacy Association and received the organization’s Bowl of Hygeia award. He was an Army veteran who lived in Rugby.
  • Hubert Dufner Jr., 75, MS ’79 agricultural economics, owned Hugh’s Gardens, which packaged and marketed potatoes and vegetables processed in Halstad, Minnesota. He served on the board of directors of Mid-America Consultant’s International, where he developed and helped implement numerous USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service/Cochran Fellowship short-term ag-related training programs for foreign guests. He lived in Moorhead, Minnesota.
  • Michael Guenthner, 49, BS ’94 animal and range science, farmed and ranched southwest of Underwood, North Dakota, where he raised Black Angus cattle. He lived in rural Underwood.
  • Timothy Seltzer, 61, MS ’96 animal and range science, was a salesman for Ecolab Inc. for 25 years, and was recognized as Salesman of the Year in 2000. He belonged to the National Rifle Association, American Boer Goat Association and the Elks Foundation. He also was a Weld County Shooting Sports coach. He lived in Briggsdale, Colorado.
  • Barbara (Kjorstad) Johnson, 62, BS ’80 medical technology, worked as a medical technologist at St. Ansgar’s Hospital and later the Life Skills and Transition Center. She lived in Park River, North Dakota.
  • Thomas Rausch, 63, BS ’80 business administration and economics, was a longtime insurance adjustor. He lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • Charles Fleck, 70, BS ’74 physical education, was a former Minnesota and North Dakota state championship gymnastics coach. He was a teacher in the Fargo school system for 25 years and was the head gymnastics coach from 1978-1994 at Fargo South High School, where his teams won 18 straight region championships, nine state championships and four National High School Gymnastics Coaches Association championships. He later led the Perham, Minnesota, Yellowjackets to eight straight Class 1A Minnesota state championships. He lived in Dalton, Minnesota.

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