Penny G. Scheer, 67, Underwood, passed away July 5, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family and under the care of hospice.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday July 9, at St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church, Underwood. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church, with a rosary/vigil Service at 7 p.m.
Penny is survived by her husband, Jim, Underwood; her daughters, Heather (Chad) Weisenberger, Underwood, Hope (Jeremy) Rush, Bismarck, and Heidi (Juel) Anderson, Turtle Lake; her 10 grandchildren; her sisters, LaRae (Roger) Krumwiede, Black Tail, Gwen (Loren) Scheer, Cavalier, and Holly (Terry) Dammann, Underwood; her sister-in-law, Becky Stadick, Eudora, Kan.
Mavis Raywalt, 62, Mandan, passed away unexpectedly July 5, 2019.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at First Lutheran Church in Bismarck, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Mavis Ione Hanson was born Jan. 31, 1957, to Harvey and Evelyn (Munson) Hanson in Kenmare.
She was very dedicated to her family, children, grandchildren and work in the retail industry. She worked at Kmart for fifteen years and many years at Sam’s Club. She loved watching movies and cartoons with her grandkids.
Mavis is survived by her children, Carrie (Mike) Delvo, Trish Messner, Scott (Lisa Lausier) Shepersky, and Tiffany (Justin) Muth; grandchildren, Zoe Miller, Logan Wilson, Baylee Messner, Jackson Muth and Gracie Muth; sisters, Marcella (Arlo) Westby and Maxine (Larry) Westby; and brother, Steve Raywalt.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her true love Clyde Shepersky; and grandson, Trey Muth.
Theodore White "Ted" Quanrud, 70, Bismarck, made his final exit on July 3, 2019.
Ted requested no funeral services be held.
He did not die after a heroic struggle with some ailment like terminal hangnail or chronic dandruff, but from doing too many things that he shouldn't have done too often and for too long despite numerous warnings from members of the medical community. As an erstwhile colleague once said of him: "he's not the sort of man to say 'hold the anchovies."'
Ted was born Jan. 15, 1949, in Bismarck, to Theodore S. and Rebecca McDuff Quanrud, and attended Bismarck schools. As children go, he was relatively normal and quite unexceptional. The latter quality remained with him; the former in the opinion of some did not.
To the astonishment of himself and others, Ted was an Eagle Scout, although he rarely looked like one, but rather resembled the proverbial unmade bed.
He attended Bismarck State College and the University of North Dakota, completing his studies in 1971. Neglecting to apply for a diploma, he did not actually graduate until 1980, when someone advised him that a sheepskin might prove useful (it never did).
For 20 years, Ted worked for The Bismarck Tribune as a reporter, copy editor, chief photographer and editorial page editor. After the paper was sold to a large, faceless corporation, and despite his near total ignorance of farming and ranching, he took the job of public information officer for the state agriculture commissioner. He said he was fortunate to have wonderful colleagues who knew a great deal about agriculture, and all he had to do was cast whatever they said into standard English. He was a longtime member of the Communication Officers of State Departments of Agriculture (yes, there really is such a group), and served as its president in 2002.
Ted's real vocation, although an unpaid one, was as a radio announcer. For more than 35 years, he programmed and hosted classical music programs on Prairie Public Radio, sharing his considerable record collection with anyone who cared to listen.
A lifelong Episcopalian (Rite I, please!), Ted was a lay reader from the age of 14, and served on the church's vestry and as senior warden, a post he was all too happy to relinquish.
Ted leaves his much-loved and long-suffering family, including his brother, Dr. John Quanrud, Meridian, Idaho; his nieces, Catherine and Julia, and his nephew, John. He also leaves many friends he did not deserve, but who loyally put up with his innumerable failings, shortcomings, inconsistencies and peccadillos. He asked that someone please look after his cat, the only creature unwise enough to actually live with him.
He also leaves the following advice: Pour two ounces of London gin (preferably Hendricks or Tanqueray), three-quarters ounce of dry vermouth (French, not Italian) and a drop of orange bitters into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Drop in two speared, green olives. Le Chaim!
Epilogue: Ted was predeceased by his cat. A friend commented that Ted’s passing is like a fine library has burned down and all of that knowledge is gone.
Nancy Lee (Rodgers) Morris, 66, Surprise, Ariz., passed away, Saturday, June 22, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Nancy was born on Aug. 28, 1952, in Bismarck. She grew up near Turtle Lake and Washburn.
After high school, she moved to Bismarck where she met and married Gregory D. Morris on June 26, 1976. In 1985, the family moved to Fargo. In 2004, she retired and moved with her husband to Arizona.
Even when employed, and with two children to raise, she would find time to help others, often by her knitting, spending 4,000 hours making caps for babies born at Sanford Medical in Fargo and creating gifts for family and friends. While in Arizona, she joined a Stitchers Club, which gave her a great deal of happiness making new friends and learning new patterns to knit shawls for cancer patients and military families.
Nancy was first a wonderful loving wife and mother and later a terrific “Grandma Arizona.” Her smile came straight from a caring and generous heart. To say she will be missed, by her family is a huge understatement.
She leaves her husband, Greg Morris; her son, Chris Morris (Shaina), St. Louis Park, Minn.; daughter, Jenni Johnson (Dan) and her grandson, Cameron Johnson, Fridley, Minn.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Edna Rodgers; and her father, Leland Rodgers.
Her Celebration of Life will be held on July 24 at Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home, 7800 Bass Lake Rd., New Hope, MN 55428. Visitation is at 10 a.m., with service at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon.
George Krauter, 86, Mandan, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan. Visitation will be from one hour prior to the service.
George was born Feb. 14, 1933, in New England, to Frank and Rose (Werth) Krauter. He was raised and educated near New England and graduated from Lefor High School. He attended Dickinson State University.
On Aug. 30, 1954, in Lefor, he married Elinor Anton.
George was self employed in sales. He enjoyed woodworking, leather crafts and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elinor; one daughter, Becky (Mike) Hayes, Hazen; son, Bryan (Wendy), Rapid City, S.D.; one sister; six brothers; seven grandchildren, Diedra (Jessep) Schroeder, Jeremy (Julia) Bailey, Christopher Bailey, Sydney Krauter, Joshua Krauter, Abbie Freeman, and Jordan Freeman; two great grandchildren, Kinley and Thea Schroeder; numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.
Kenneth E. Seibel, 80, Elgin, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, in Bismarck.
Funeral Services for Ken will be held at 10:30 a.m. MT on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church, in Elgin. Pastor Deb Cantrell will officiate with burial at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, in Elgin. Full Military Honors will be afforded by the George W. Snook American Legion Post #246 and the North Dakota Military Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 pm MT on Wednesday, July 10th, with a family service starting at 7:00 pm MT all at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Elgin.
Ken Seibel was born April 4, 1939, to Fred and Frieda Seibel, in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School with the class of 1957. He enrolled at NDSU after selling his saxophone to pay for his college tuition. After the first quarter of college, he enlisted in the United States Army. Ken was originally stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., later spent six months at Aberdeen, Md., and then shipped out to Kitzingen, Germany, where his jobs included Company Commander Driver and Postal Clerk. The thing he enjoyed most while stationed in Kitzingen was playing football for the U.S. Army Kitzingen Saints as he traveled all over Germany and played the game he loved.
Ken was honorably discharged from the Army in October of 1960 and enrolled at Dickinson State College in 1961. He played three years of football at DSU. He was team captain for two years and was an all-conference right tackle. He graduated in the spring of 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Physical Education Degree. He was just a few credits short of a Biological Science Degree and Commerce Degree.
Ken married the love of his life, Jacqueline Seibel, on Feb. 22, 1963. They were married for 56 years.
In the fall of 1966, they moved to Center, where he taught business, was an assistant football and track coach, and head basketball coach.
In 1968, he went to work for Horace Mann Insurance, and a couple of years later took a job with Edward Don Company restaurant sales. In 1973, he purchased the Gottfreid Fried farm, south of Leith. In the mid-80s, he worked at the Elgin Post Office, and then worked in the Bismarck Post Office from 1990 until he retired in 2000.
Ken enjoyed boating, playing softball, camping, and fishing. There are many stories of Uncle Ken pulling nieces and nephews, usually a little too fast, and his own skiing adventures at Lake Tschida. He also enjoyed traveling, which included trips with his wife and family to Alaska, The Bahamas, Florida, New England states and traveling to many UND Football games in Oregon, California, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.
Over the years, he enjoyed playing softball with his three sons. He retired from softball at age 55 and will be missed by his softball buddies from Harry’s Bar, Ole’s Bar, Jim N I Lounge and Sportsmen’s Lounge.
He will also be missed by his Lake Tschida camping friends, Leith farming friends and his Bismarck Post Office friends.
Ken is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Seibel; sons, Jason (Rae Ann) Seibel, of Bismarck; Justin (Heather) Seibel, of Bismarck; Jade (Shelly) Seibel, of Elgin; eight grandchildren, Joshua, Alex, Cooper and Shelby Seibel, Brooke (Brian) Johnson, SaCora Hopfauf, Martin (Jessica) Werner, Sydney Werner; one great grandson, Ian Werner; brother, Donald (Kris) Seibel, Mosseyrock, Wash.; sister, Edith Hauge, Elgin; sister-in-law, Viola Seibel, Sun City, Ariz., and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sister-in-law, Fred and Ruth Seibel and Lorenz Seibel; sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Adam Schadler; and brother-in-law, Grant Hauge.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established by the family.
Adam Fleck, 81, Bismarck, formerly of Solen, passed away peacefully June 28, 2019, at Ave Maria Nursing Home, Jamestown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Church of the Ascension, in Bismarck, with Father Al Bitz as celebrant. Visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial of the urn will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Adam was born on Dec. 25, 1937, in Flasher, the son of Joseph and Eva (Zerr) Fleck. He was raised and educated in the Solen/St. Anthony area and graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Bismarck, in 1956.
Adam married Darlene Unser of Mandan on March 23, 1957. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., then finished his service in Santa Ana, Calif. It was here that he learned the electrical trade while working on airplanes.
When Adam and Darlene moved back to North Dakota in 1961, they took over the family farm south of St. Anthony. Over the years, in addition to farming, they raised cattle, hogs, sheep and chickens. Adam also did electrical work locally for friends and neighbors. In 1988, they moved to Mandan and Adam earned his real estate license and was involved with selling real estate for several years.
Adam loved gardening and woodworking. He always treasured the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Adam will be deeply missed by Darlene, his wife of 62 years; daughter, Deborah (Larry) Garner, Dallas; son, Keith (Laurel) Fleck, Solen; grandchildren, Krissy (Andy) Wells, Chelsey (Tyler) Kralicek, Cameron (Paige) Fleck; and three great-grandchildren all of Bismarck; his brother Joe (Janice) Fleck of Mesa, Ariz.
Adam was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son; brothers, Frank, Emanuel, Johnny, and Leo; sisters, Tillie and Dorothy.
We would like to thank all of those who helped with Adam’s care at Ave Maria, Mayo Clinic, and CHI St. Alexius.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Agnes E. Weisgarber, 87, passed away June 30, 2019, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Agnes was born April 23, 1932, to Rufus and Catherine Mosbrucker in Center. In 1949, she married Rudy Weisgarber and they lived in Mandan until retiring in Phoenix in 1983.
Agnes is survived by her sister, Alice Seifert; her daughters, Wanda, and Tina Davis (Sam); her sons, Gary and Kevin; six grandchildren, Crystal, Michael, Amy, Matthew, Blake and Dawna; great-grandchildren, Julian, Maya, Aurora, Benjamin and Christopher.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Rudy; two sisters, Helen Basting and Dorothy Seifert; and her great grandson, Miles.
Betty Cannon passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 17, 2019.
Betty was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Kenmare, the fifth and final child of Karl and Agathe Steiner. Karl and Agathe were homesteaders from southern Germany, arriving in 1905 following their wedding in Germany. Betty grew up on the family farm, attended St. Agnes Elementary School in Kenmare and graduated from Kenmare High School in 1942 with honors.
Betty met Everett Cannon, the love of her life, at Rock Lake. Everett was on leave from the navy and saw a photograph of her in a store showing pictures of graduates and told a friend he wanted to ask her to a dance. It’s a small town and Betty was informed, so she went down to another store that had photos of local men in the service and liked what she saw. When he could dance that cemented the relationship. Betty and Everett were married on June 3, 1944.
They lived in several places trying to find themselves in the post-war upper Midwest, including Olathe, Kan., and Devils Lake before finally settling in Mandan. Everett had gone to barber school by this time using the GI bill.
They lived and worked in Mandan, Everett at the Deluxe Barbershop he owned and Betty as a legal secretary, from 1950 until 1967. They then moved to Fargo, where Everett taught at the Moler Barber College. This would become their lives’ work when they purchased the barber college and building it utilized in downtown Fargo. While handling the financial side of the barber college, Betty worked at Western States Life for over 20 years and remained close in later years with many of her co-workers.
Betty loved singing and dancing. Everybody knew her computer password was “dancing." She joined and was a part of Sweet Adelines for many years, singing in a quartet and group. She and Everett spent many a weekend at the Elks Club in Mandan and Fargo dancing and having fun with their many friends.
Betty and Everett loved Minnesota lake living, owning cabins or homes on Rush Lake, Lake Ida and later, Big Cormorant Lake. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren came to love lake living, boating and water sports through family reunions (always held at whichever lake) and visits with Betty and Everett.
Betty leaves five children, Darr (Susan) Cannon, Clair Ross Cannon, Keith (Linda) Cannon, Jill (Steve) Garrison and Joel Cannon. She also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren spread out over the U.S. in Texas, Washington, Florida, Minnesota and North Dakota.
Betty was preceded in death by her sisters, Agnes Mortell and Clara Karls; brothers, Carl Steiner and Albert Steiner; grandsons Michael Cannon and Garth Cannon; and granddaughter, Brandi Parr. Her husband, Everett, passed away in December of 1997, and Betty is still mad at him for leaving her alone.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1420 7th Street North, in Fargo. Interment will occur at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis next to her husband, Everett.
Gale Richard Taverna, 82, surrounded by his loving family, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2019.
Services will be held at noon on Friday, July 12, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Parkway.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Gale was born to Hans Taverna and Laura (Wren) Taverna on Oct. 7, 1936, in New Rockford.
The family moved to Fargo when Gale was seven. Gale graduated from Central High School. He married Beverly Klier and they were blessed with two daughters. Gale served in the military and was stationed in Germany.
He loved the companionship of his wife. Together they enjoyed fishing, tennis, biking, long walks, dining out and gardening.
He was a devoted NDSU Bison and Minnesota Twins fan. His greatest passion was jazz music and playing his drums. He relished tapping out a beat, be it his drums, the car dashboard, kitchen table or his knees!
Gale is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Tamara (Scott) Klein, Bismarck; daughter, Jami (Keith) Clouse, Dallas; grandchildren, Alexandra (Chris) Norheim, Nicholas Parks, Jesse, Jack, and Jed Clouse.
Gale was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Dean and Don; and sister-in-law, Pat.
The family would like to thank all extended family and friends for their loving support.
Ervin James Barta, of Bismarck, passed away on June 29, 2019.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at Church of Corpus Christi, 1919 N. 2nd St., Bismarck, with Rev. Jared Johnson officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, where a vigil service will begin at 7 p.m.
Burial is at 1 p.m. Thursday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Erv was born on Aug. 16, 1932, to Frank C. and Ann K. (Ficek) Barta on a rural farmstead in Dunn County, North Dakota.
As a young boy, Erv’s family moved from the family farm to Dickinson, where he attended Roosevelt Grade School and Dickinson High School. As a youngster, the first couple of years in school were difficult as he did not speak English. His family had a proud Bohemian heritage, which was the only language spoken with his parents and grandparents. After going through periods of language instruction with his parents and younger brother, English became his preferred language.
During his junior year of high school, on Oct. 8, 1949, Erv enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard Co. K 164th Infantry Regiment. He was proud of earning $2 for each drill session. While a senior in high school, at age 18, in December 1950, the unit was mobilized for the Korean War. They departed for Camp Rucker, Alabama for infantry training on January 16, 1951. In February 1951, he was ordered as a Corporal to an overseas assignment in Korea. He was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division for three months, then the Division was reassigned to various locations throughout Japan. Erv was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Headquarters, 16th U.S. Army Corps, Sendai, Japan, as an Inspector General, traveling extensively throughout Japan performing inspections of U.S. Army Units. He was later promoted to Sergeant First Class.
Upon his return from service, Erv attended Dickinson State College, worked for J.C. Penny and the KG Men’s Store. He married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Dolores E. Kuntz, on Oct. 20, 1953. They celebrated 64 joyous years of marriage before Dolores passed away on May 30, 2017.
Two months after his discharge from the service, Erv reenlisted in the Army National Guard and became a full-time member serving as administrator for the Dickinson Unit. He was commissioned to Warrant Officer, and was transferred to Bismarck in 1964. He served in many roles and capacities: Supply Officer; Food Service Officer; Administrative Officer, Recruiter and as an Instructor at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. His last five years were in the position of Finance Officer for Task Force 164th, with assignments in Honduras, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Panama, performing humanitarian assistance and building roads with the Alabama and North Dakota National Guard Task Forces.
In January 1991, he was assigned as National Guard Liaison Officer to Army Forces Command, Ft McPherson, Ga., in support of Operation Desert Storm. His military service was a great source of pride and accomplishment. He earned many awards such as the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Korean Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal of Japan and others too numerous to mention. He was proud of his Regimental Crest, the 164th Infantry, and their motto (JE SUIS PRET - I AM READY). After serving for 42 years, five months, and 18 days, he retired from his military service as a Chief Warrant Officer Four and was honorably discharged on Aug. 31, 1992.
Before moving to Bismarck, Erv served 11 years as a volunteer firefighter for the Dickinson Fire Department, fighting numerous fires, search and rescue, and as a first responder. He also worked with the St. Mary’s High School Carnival for many years, filling many positions, and in 1978 he became the Carnival Chairman and was proud that the carnival exceeded their financial goal that year.
After retiring from military service, Erv worked for Federal Emergency Management Agency and the North Dakota Emergency Services Division as a Project Officer for disaster-related floods and fires. He was involved in all disaster related issues from 1993 to 2011.
Erv was a member of Corpus Christi parish, was a eucharistic minister, and both he and Dolores enjoyed volunteering and serving for parish funerals. Erv was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bismarck Elks, American Legion, the Forty and Eight (40 & 8), the American Veterans and the Retirees’ Association of the National Guard.
Erv will be remembered for his kind, generous heart, and love for his family. He was so proud of his four children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, and had a special bond with each of them. He was fond of telling everyone how beautiful his granddaughters were and how handsome his grandsons were. He was always very involved in their lives, loved to watch their sporting events and followed them to many of their activities. All the grandchildren’s friends knew him as “Grandpa.”
He had a cabin at Brush Lake for many years, and a home in Arizona for over 20 years, which provided so many beautiful memories for the entire family as everyone spent a lot of time there with Grandma and Grandpa.
Erv was an avid golfer, and he could occasionally shoot his age. He loved to spend time on the course with his sons and son-in-law enjoying a cold beer. He looked forward to golfing with his senior men’s group, the SKUNKS in Bismarck, and the TOFS in Arizona. There always seemed to be a lot of fun and shenanigans!
Erv is survived by his four children, Michele (Mike) Towle, Bismarck, Mitchell (Becky), Bismarck, Dean (Jill), Excelsior, Minn., and Jeffrey, Mandan. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Joseph (Mandi) Towle, St. Paul, Minn., Jessica (Dan) Smith, Bismarck, Annie Barta, St. Petersburg, Fla., Elle Barta, Bozeman, Mont., Calli (Grant) Garvin, Golden Valley, Minn., Max Barta, Brookings, S.D., Sage Barta, Bozeman, Mont., Blake Barta, Excelsior, David Barta, Excelsior; four great-grandchildren, Elijah and Helena Towle, St. Paul, and Kendall and Reese Smith, Bismarck; two brothers, Ed Barta, Franklin, Colo., and Frank Barta, Lexington, Ky. Also, his two furry friends, Toby and Pancho, will miss the treats and companionship that they shared with Grandpa.
Erv was preceded in death by his spouse, Dolores; his daughter, baby Eve; his parents, Frank and Ann Barta; and his sister, Eileen Grindberg.
Memorials may be given in Erv’s name to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, or the North Dakota Junior Golf Association.
Every man dies, not every man truly lives. Dad, your life is a testament to faith, love, grit, and integrity. You ran the good race, finished strong, and left a legacy in this world. We are confident you’ll be playing from the golf tips in heaven. You will be truly missed.