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Category: Obituaries

  • Shirley (Brekke) Manning, 84, AD ’77 horticulture, worked for WDAY, Bill Snyder Films, Military Entrance Air Force Recruiting, as a clerk at the Fargo Post Office and later owned Creative Costumes Shop in Moorhead. She was an Army veteran who lived in Fargo.
  • Laren Holznagel, 67, BS ’76 agricultural education, taught vocational agriculture at Fargo North High School, and then become the Sheridan County Extension agent in McClusky, North Dakota. In 1979, he began a career at Coal Creek Station near Underwood, N.D., as an operator and chemical analysis technician. He retired in 2017. He lived in Washburn, North Dakota.
  • Judith (Bredeson) Nelson, 79, BS ’64 home economics education, taught at the Oslo, Minnesota, high school for five years and then raised her family. She lived in Oslo.
  • Roger Best, 84, BS ’61 economics, was a longtime business and civic leader in the Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota. He was co-owner of Casey-Best Insurance, Brainerd, Minnesota. He was president of the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce in 1977-78, a founding partner of Brainerd radio station WJJY and past president of the Kiwanis Club, He lived in Baxter, Minnesota.
  • Michael Ahneman, 75, BS ’69 physical education, was a bar owner and operator before retiring in 2008. He was an All-American linebacker for the Bison who was inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame as an individual in 1989 and was again in 2005 with the 1965 national championship team. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Earl Hutchins, 89, MS ’55 chemistry, was a private practice neurologist affiliated with several Front Range hospitals, helping patients across Colorado. He was active in his profession, leading the Colorado Society of Clinical Neurologists, serving in the American Academy of Neurology and as president of the National Stroke Association. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He also taught at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for 15 years, and at the University of North Carolina for six years. He was a Navy veteran who lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • James Marquardt, 93, BS ’53 mechanical engineering, worked for Honeywell in Minneapolis and later worked 36 years for AiResearch Manufacturing Co. of Arizona. He later was a volunteer at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas and an ambassador at the DFW airport for more than 15 years, He was an Army veteran who served during World War II, and lived in Dallas.
  • Harry Geller, 93, BS ’51 mechanical engineering, worked for General Electric for 41 years, retiring in 1992, as a general manager in Louisville, Kentucky. He served on the local Jewish Community Center's board of directors for 25 years. He was an Army Air Corps veteran who lived in Louisville.
  • William Lau, 94, BS ’55 pharmacy, worked at St. Francis Hospital, Q and T Pharmacy, Evansdale Pharmacy and then owned Busby-Wing Pharmacy. He also was employed by the State of Iowa as a pharmacist in Independence, Iowa, until his retirement. He was an Army World War II veteran who lived in Waterloo, Iowa.
  • Mary Ellen (Bosch) Bumann, 77, Diploma ’94 Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, was a nurse for more than 30 years at MedCenter One in Bismarck, North Dakota. She lived in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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