Keith H. Wallin, 94, formerly of Hebron, died March 4, 2018, at Sanford Heath, Bismarck, due to an extended illness. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan, with The Rev. Gaylund Olson officiating. Friends and family will gather one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Keith was born April 17, 1923, in Minneapolis to George and Ruth (Rognrud) Wallin. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1941.
During World War II, Keith was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Company of the 78th Infantry Division. He volunteered to join the 311th Regiment radio team. The 78th Division was at the Battle of the Bulge. Later his team was on special assignment with the Armored Tank Company and was one of the first to cross the Rhine River. This event led to the end of World War II. He was discharged in 1946.
He worked at Conrad Publishing as a reporter and news photographer from 1946-1949. He married Harriet Freise Sept. 3, 1949. They moved to Kansas City, Mo., where Keith studied photography.
In 1951, they moved to Hebron and opened Wallin Studio, later changed to Wallin Photography, serving Hebron, Richardton, Glen Ullin, Dickinson, and surrounding areas for the next 45 years. In the early days, black and white film was used. All processing and printing were finished in his own dark rooms. Keith was known far and wide for his wonderful ability to capture important events for families across the region, from weddings, anniversaries, and confirmations to high school seniors, school music and sporting events, church directories, and even cattle drives. Today, the early photography equipment is on loan and displayed at the Hebron Museum.
In his retirement, Keith enjoyed travel (often with their mini home), nature photography, woodworking, volunteering with local organizations, and precious times with his family.
Keith was a member of the St. John United Church of Christ, Hebron, serving on the council and as photographer. He was a member of the Hebron Business Club, Boy Scout Council, Hebron Lions, Hebron Legion (Life Member), Hospital Board, fire department as photographer attending fires, and N.D. Photographers Association.
Keith is survived by his beloved wife, Harriet; two sons, Craig (Rita Thomas), Glen Ullin, and John (Darlene Rittmiller), Eden Prairie, Minn.; two daughters, Claudia (Wayne) Byre, Walford, Iowa, and Pamela (Mike) Jennings, Atkins, Iowa; his sister, LaVonne Althoff, Austin, Colo., and brother, George (Ginny) Wallin Jr., West Jordan, Utah; nine grandchildren including Jessica (Scott) Glovich, Aaron (Amy) Jennnings, Melanie (Tim) Bruestle, Kristin (Bryan) Simmons, Amanda (Matt) Haapakoski, Jeffrey (Carrie) Wallin, Kyle Jennings, Brady Byre, and Lindsay (Nate) Montague; eighteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruth Wallin; and sisters, Bea Graham and Jan Kunz.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Primrose Retirement Community, Sunset Drive Rehab Center, and Sanford Hospital for their kindness and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. John United Church of Christ, Hebron, the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, or Primrose Retirement Community, Bismarck.
Please sign Keith's guest book and share memories at www.dawiseperry.com.