Laudie J. Chorne, 84, Bismarck, died Oct. 5, 2013, at his home, ending his battle with COPD. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Church of St. Mary, Bismarck with Monsignor Gene Lindemann and the Rev. John O’Leary officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck, where a vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Laudie was born on May 30, 1929, to John and Agnes (Karsky) on a farm near South Heart. His grandmother, Julie, was like a mother to him after his mother passed away when he was only a first grader. She was his mentor, friend, and most of all, his teacher. Prayer and religion were top priority.
He graduated from South Heart High School after which he attended Bismarck School of Business and later studied journalism at the University of North Dakota. Laudie married Verna A. Kudrna on Oct. 2, 1950, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Hradec. In 1954, he joined Frontier Airlines and was employed as a public relations representative until 1960.
Laudie’s employment in the travel industry continued when he opened his own travel agency, All American Travel, in Dickinson. After selling the agency, he moved to Bismarck where he taught school at the Travel Career Institute for a few years and began writing for many historical magazines and newspapers. In 1997, Laudie published a book, “Following the Custer Trail of 1876.” He spent many hours reading, his favorite pastime, and also loved traveling in his motor home.
Laudie and Verna lived and moved around to various parts of the country, primarily Montana and Idaho. He enjoyed working at a resort on Flathead Lake in Montana and Sandpoint, Idaho.
Laudie is survived by his wife, Verna, Bismarck; his adopted children, Donna Kedish and Bernard Chorne, both of Idaho; two sisters, Louise Gilbert, Warrenton, Ore., and Janet Frank, Dickinson; one brother, Raymond Chorne, South Heart; one step-brother, Ludwig Buresh, Dickinson; one step-sister, Edith Jedlicka, Appleton, Wis.; and one grandson, Ashley Fleck, Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Vincent, and three infant brothers; one sister, Eleanore Brown; and one adopted daughter, Jean Lynch.
Memorials may be made to the Indian Mission at Fort Yates.
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