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  • Richard Miller, 85, MEd ’71 educational administration, was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Oakes, North Dakota. During his 24 years there, he led basketball teams to 12 conference titles and was an assistant coach as football teams won 10 conference championships. He was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. He lived in West Fargo.
  • Patricia (Sweeney) Lehner, 65, BS ’76 textiles and clothing, owned a sewing and alterations business called “Sew Unique” in Minot, North Dakota. She lived in Minot. 
  • Sue (Petrich) Luedtke, 61, BS ’80 food and nutrition, lived in Ankeny, Iowa. 
  • Kent Carpenter, 70, BS ’70 agricultural economics, worked the family farm near Cogswell, North Dakota. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Wild Rice Soil Conservation District and Farmers Union. He lived in Cogswell. 
  • Daryl Strong, 88, BS ’53 bacteriology, was a pilot who was co-owner of a crop dusting company, Dakota Aviation of Grafton, North Dakota. He later was a designated pilot examiner for the FAA in the Phoenix area and then owned TIMIO 24K Custom Designs, a jewelry business. He was an Air Force veteran who lived in Devils Lake, North Dakota.
  • Alois Vetter, 80, MS ’69 educational administration,taught in Wilton, Napoleon, and Gardner, North Dakota, and was an elementary principal at Larimore, North Dakota. He later owned and operated the Sunset Motel in West Fargo. for five years.He was a former unit commander in the North Dakota National Guard who lived in West Fargo.
  • Iona (Vossler) Hartsoch, 90, BS ’50 home economics, worked the family farm and also was a school teacher at Medina, Tioga and Ray, North Dakota. She was active in the Hofflund Township board and as a 4-H club leader. She lived in Millbank, South Dakota. 
  • Kenneth Flynn, 83, BS ’57 electrical and electronic engineering, had a distinguished 40-year career with the Sandia National Laboratories. He was an award-winning basketball player for the Bison and later was active in basketball competitions for the Senior Olympics. Memorials are requested to the New Mexico Senior Olympics or the NDSU basketball program in his name. He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
  • Gene Weixel, 74, BS ’71, MS ’72 agricultural mechanization, was an Extension agent and later a farmer.He was a Marine Corps veteran who lived in Lisbon, North Dakota. 
  • Deane Skjonsby, 83, BS ’62 mathematics, worked for General Mills. He lived in Champlin, Minnesota. 


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