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Barb Useldinger of Fargo, ND, passed away November 23, 2016. She held a variety of unit offices and was also the Fargo VA Gift Shop Chairman for many years. Her husband, Vern, has also been very active at the post and department level and was a long-time department adjutant. Barb will be remembered fondly by those who knew her. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 30th at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center (Fargo) with visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Fargo) at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1st with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Condolences to the family may be sent to:
2306 8th Street N
Fargo, ND 58102
George Freund of Cando, ND passed away yesterday. His funeral will be at 10:30 on Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Cando, ND. Gladys has asked us to get the word out to his Legion Family.
PO Box 744
Cando, ND 58324
George served as my 3rd District Commander while I was Department Commander in 1993-1994 in the 75th Anniversary Year of The American Legion. He was a good man and will be missed.
Sadly, we share news that the Honorable Herman Fredrick “Sparky” Gierke III, Past National Commander of The American Legion, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at a hospital in Bismarck, ND at age 73. The Honorable H.F. “Sparky” Gierke was former Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court, the first Vietnam-era veteran to serve as National Commander of the American Legion, and the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington DC, a post to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush just two years after serving as national commander. Former Justice Gierke served as national commander of The American Legion in 1988-89, the same year Alice Galka from Gary, Indiana served as the Auxiliary’s national president.
He is survived by his four children: Todd, wife Jan and their children in Fargo, ND; Scott, wife Marissa and their children in Hawley, MN; Craig, wife Jen and their children in Bismarck, ND; and Michelle, husband John Ristad and their children in Minneapolis, MN.
Funeral services for Past National Commander Gierke will be at 11:30 AM this Friday, August 12, 2016 at Parkway Funeral Home, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, ND 58503; PH: 701-223-1100. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home with interment at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery following the services.
Cards and expressions of condolences may be sent to:
PNC “Sparky” Gierke Family
4509 Boulder Ridge Rd
Bismarck, ND 58503
In lieu of flowers, donations in PNC “Sparky” Gierke’s name may be made to:
North Dakota American Legion Foundation
Attn: Dept. Adjutant
P.O. Box 5057
West Fargo, ND 58078
Memorial contributions may also be made online to The American Legion: https://www.members.legion.org/tal/donatenow#legion-org-header
The American Legion Auxiliary sends out deepest sympathy to the Gierke family and holds them in our thoughts and prayers.
To read the Legion’s online obituary of PNC H.F. “Sparky” Gierke: Click here
To visit the funeral home online: Eastgate Funeral Home
To read about Justice Gierke’s distinguished career: ND Courts
Mary “Dubbie” Buckler, National Secretary
Executive Director, American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Past Department Chaplain Donna Lennon of Rugby, ND. She left us on July 8th, 2016, in Rochester, MN. Donna was a long-term member of the Rugby American Legion Auxiliary.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, starting at 6 pm. A prayer service will start at 7 pm. This will take place at Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby, ND.
Visitation will continue Wednesday morning, July 13th, at the funeral home from 8-10 am. The funeral service will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby (July 13th) at 2 pm with a 1 pm visitation. Interment will be held Thursday, July 14th, at 11 am at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan.
Funeral arrangements by Niewoehner Funeral Home. (701) 776-6222.
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Betty Ruzicka of Fordville on July 6, 2016, in Grand Forks. Betty was a long-term member of the Lankin Auxiliary and a past District Two President.
NW Division Vice President Judy Twete remembers…”Betty was a constant attendee at District Meetings and Department Conventions. Soft spoken Betty was always a smiley presence at all events and looked like a million bucks. May she rest in peace. Allen, Betty’s husband, was a long time chairman of Boys State for the Department of ND. Both Allen and Betty were great Legion Family members”.
A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, July 10th, 2016 from 5-7 pm at the Quale Lutheran Church in rural Fordville, ND. A prayer service will also be held starting at 7pm. The funeral service is scheduled for Monday, July 11th at 10am with a 9am visitation. This is also at Quale Lutheran Church in Fordville.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bakke Funeral home of Larimore, ND. An obituary link is located below:
I (Don Herrly) was saddened when I was looking at the State Deaths in The Bismarck Tribune to see that my good friend Ken Vatne from Hamlet passed away on Saturday, June 18th.
Ken was a long time member and Chairman of The Legion Athletic Committee. Ken served as Western Region Vice Commander in the 1990 – 1991 Legion year on The Leading Edge Team under Department Commander Curtis O. Twete. His fellow Vice Commanders that year were Don Weible in the Central and Sue Kime in the East. I was his 7th District Commander. Ken was a good man and a dedicated Legionnaire that will be deeply missed.
Services are pending.
Condolences can be sent to his wife/family at:
20 Hamlet Ave.
Hamlet, ND 58795
Past Department Commander Wesley “Wes” Martin
Wes Martin passed away on June 4, 2016. His funeral was held on June 10, 2016.
Wes and his wife Verna had recently moved to Aberdeen, SD to be closer to family due to health issues. The ND Past Department Commanders Club as well as my wife Annamarie and I (Don Herrly) extend their sincere condolences to the Martin Family and will be making memorial donations in his memory to The ND American Legion Foundation.
Condolences can be sent to his wife/family at:
Mrs. Verna Martin
1000 Roosevelt St Apt 2
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7386
Past National President Kristine “Kris” Nelson of Minnesota
Kristine Nelson passed away on April 20, 2016 in MN. Below are obituaries.
Sherri R. Ormonde, District 10 President, passed away at Sanford Medical Center on Sunday, March 20. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.
- InForum Death Notice
- Visitation-Thursday, March 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Lisbon, ND
- Funeral-Friday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at the Gustaf Adolf Lutheran Church in Gwinner, ND
Judith Williams, RoYaL member of the Streeter ALA Unit died on Feb. 10th, 2016. Judith battled brain cancer. She was a Past Department Chaplain, 1996-1999, and a Past District 4 Vice President and President. At the present time, she was District 4 Vice President/secretary. Judith was unit Chaplain and Americanism chairman for many years. She will be greatly missed.
- Prayer service – Monday, Feb. 15th at 7 pm, at Haut Funeral Home, Jamestown.
- Funeral – Tues, Feb. 16th, 10:30 am, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Streeter.
Correspondence can be sent to the address below:
Judith Williams Family
PO Box 143
Streeter, ND 58583
Marilyn Ann Hanson
Marilyn Ann Hanson passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015 in Billings, Montana.
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-Janie Pflaum broke her hip on February 23 and she has since had surgery to repair it. She is in Rehab in Grand Forks at this time.
-NW Division National Vice President Judy Twete’s husband Curt is back at home in ND. (end of February 2016)