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  • Ray Flint, 81, BS ’63 agricultural economics, enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in 1958. Flint interned at Production Credit Association in Moorhead, Minnesota before being hired upon graduation. He worked his entire career for PCA/Farm Credit Services, holding a variety of positions from account manager to CEO. Flint also enjoyed serving the community. He lived in Dilworth, Minnesota.
  • John Boucher, 85, BArch ’59 architecture, died November 8, 2020.
  • Gary Witteman, 83, BS ’61 electrical and electronic engineering, took a job with Boeing in Seattle after graduation. He left Boeing after about a year for a position with the Federal Aviation Administration and later worked for the Bonneville Power Administration. Witteman retired in 1992. He lived in Portland, Oregon.
  • Phyllis LaPora, 98, diploma ’44 Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, was a nurse for 48 years in obstetrics and geriatrics. She loved gardening and always had a beautiful yard where she could watch and feed the birds. She loved little dogs, too, especially one called "Rascal." She lived in Redmond, Oregon.
  • Marjorie Opperman, 93, BS ’48 zoology, lived on the north side of Fargo for 59 years in the same house where she helped raise four boys. She was active in El Zagal Shrine for many decades and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority for 75 years. She lived in Fargo.
  • Lyle Baker, 82, BS ’60 educational administration, was a brother who kept in frequent touch, problem solver for his girls, awesome "Papa," great source of useless trivia, sometimes bass player, zealous bridge player, enthusiastic traveler and Margie's husband. Every day he told Margie, "I've always loved you." He lived in Roseville, Minnesota.
  • Rodney Ehni, 68, BS ’74 MS ’76 agricultural economics, obtained an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He joined IBM in 1979, which moved his family to Bismarck, Maple Grove Minnesota, and Rochester, Minnesota, where he lived for for 30 years. Ehni earned many awards before retiring from IBM in 2009. He lived in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Leland Erickson, 77, BS ’67 pharmacy, was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and served in the Vietnam War. He worked for pharmacies in Lake Bluff, Illinois and Thief River Falls, Minnesota. During his 25 years in Thief River Falls, he owned a pair of drug stores before selling them and working at Thrifty White Drug. He owned and operated the Roughrider Campground and worked for Key Care Pharmacy in Minot, North Dakota Erickson retired from Thrifty White Drug in Fargo in 2012. He lived in West Fargo.
  • Gene Spichke, 85, BS ’60 agricultural economics, joined the Army in 1956. After the Army, he moved back to the family farm in Kief to join his father and brother in raising cattle and wheat farming. Spichke also was a deacon, groundskeeper and teacher at his local church. He and his wife, Dee, stayed on their farm during most of their retirement until their move to Minneapolis in 2016. He lived in Minneapolis.
  • Robert Shanks, 94, BS ’49 industrial engineering, served in the Navy during World War II. He was hired by the Boeing Company in Seattle and he and wife, Donna, moved to Renton, Washington. He worked at Boeing for 38 years until he retired in 1987 as senior manager in the Customer Engineering Division. He lived in Aberdeen, Washington.


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