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Category: Obituaries

  • Max Wishek Jr., 91, BS ’49 arts and science, was a farmer until his retirement in 2008. He was a member of the Ashley Hospital Board, Ashley Public School Board, and was active with Frank Piper American Legion Post #53, Ashley Country Club and Zion Lutheran Church. He lived in Ashley, North Dakota.
  • Barbara (Morris) Schaffer, 85, BS ’54 home economics education, supervised NDSU student teachers placed in North Dakota and Minnesota schools for 20 years. She lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • Gene Sparrow, 77, BS ’61 chemistry, worked as a research scientist for 3M, and was president and CEO of Advanced R&D Inc. for the past 37 years. He lived in Stillwater, Minnesota.
  • Lane (Gunner) Snedden, 74, BS ’65 home economics, was president of the Faculty Wives at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She also was active in the State College of Pennsylvania Junior Women's Club, performing in children's plays and she served on the board of the Palmer Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania State University. She lived in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.
  • Gerald “Jerry” Pratt, 74, BS ’68 pharmacy, worked at pharmacies and drugstores in several locations in Minnesota and North Dakota, before retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Sebeka and Bagley, Minnesota, Lions Clubs, co-chair of the Relay for Life of Clearwater County and spent two weeks each year in Honduras with Rotary International as the group's pharmacist. He lived in Fargo.
  • Melvin Knutson, 77, BS ’65 agricultural engineering, worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho until his retirement in 1995. He lived in Post Falls, Idaho.
  • John Moller, 65, BA ’73 history, BS ’93, history education, taught school and worked in the service industry in Minneapolis and Chicago. He became well known for his home-style cooking skills in local Bisbee and Cando, North Dakota, restaurants. He lived in Bisbee. 
  • Barbara (Pietron) Gregory, 62, BS ’77 home economics education, textiles and clothing, taught for 40 years and was one of the longest teaching instructors in Carbon County School District No. 2. She lived in Hanna, Wyoming. 
  • Thomas Haan, 78, BS ’63 economics, served in the Army National Guard for more than 22 years, and managed the cook wagon for Light for the Lost for nearly 10 years. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota. 
  • Darrel Wavra, 85, MS ’65 educational administration, was a teacher in Kathryn, North Dakota, and superintendent in Ayr, North Dakota. He later worked for American National Bank, now Wells Fargo, in Valley City, North Dakota. He was a Navy veteran and past commander of VFW Post 2764. He lived in Valley City.

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