OBITUARIES I - K



Roger Jacobsen

Lesneski Mortuary, San Clemente, California

Roger "Jake" Franklin Jacobsen
December 16, 1940 - February 28, 2014

Jake was born December 16, 1940 in Jeffers, Minnesota. Jake is the only child of Russell and Ruth Jacobsen.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years Carmen (Thomas) Jacobsen and his parents Russell L. Jacobsen and Ruth (Hawkins) Jacobsen. He has left behind his daughter Rochelle (Jacobsen) Butler of Providence, RI, his son and daughter-in-law David and Marie Jacobsen of Minneapolis, MN. He also has three grandsons, John, Jordan and Jacob Butler, all of Providence, RI.
Jake graduated from Fargo High School in 1958. He started college and married Carmen Thomas, his high school sweetheart, in 1960. He graduated from Valley City State University in Valley City, ND in 1963. He accepted a teaching position at Sequoia Junior High in Fontana, CA.
Jake taught and coached at the junior high level for 17 years. He spent the next 19 years as a junior high assistant principle, principle, high school assistant principal and principle all for the Fontana School District.
In 1999, Jake and Carmen retired and moved to Dana Point where he enjoyed fishing, playing horse shoes, and working in his garden. His favorite place to be was the beach. The next few years were spent traveling and enjoying life. In 2002 Carmen died from kidney failure. In 2008 Jake reunited with an old family friend, Elene Smith, who he spent the remainder of his years with. In 2010, Jake was diagnosed with lymphoma. He went through several years going through chemo and radiation. Jake fought so hard to be the winner of cancer but lost his fight on February 28, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jake's name to the Jimmy V cancer research foundation.

Source: Fargo High School Alumni Association Cynosure Newsletter, Volume 29, Number 2 2014:
Roger Franklin "Jake" Jacobsen 73, of Dana Point, CA, passed away February 28, 2014. Jake was born December 16, 1940 in Jeffers, MN, the only child of Russell and Ruth Jacobsen. He graduated from FHS in 1958. He married Carmen Thomas '58, his high school sweetheart in 1960. Jake graduated from Valley City State, Valley City, ND, in 1963. He accepted a teaching position at Sequoia Junior High in Fontana, CA. He taught and coached at the junior high level for 17 years. The next 19 years he spent as a junior high assistant principal, high school assistant principal and principal all for the Fontana School District. In 1999, Jake and Carmen retired and moved to Dana Point where he enjoyed fishing, playing horse shoes, and working in his garden. His favorite place to be was the beach. Carmen died in 2002. In 2008 Jake reunited with an old family friend, Elene Smith, with whom he spent the remainder of his years. Roger participated in: Concert Band; Pep band; Marching Band; Intramural Sports; Golf Team; Junior Rotarian; Basketball A & B; "Medley of Moods," Production Staff; "Sweethearts," Production Staff.



Janet Arbay Jacobson

She was born 5 October 1939 in Fargo the daughter of Jalmer and Alfria Jacobson and died on 9 April 1997 in Iowa. In June 1961 she married Melvin C. Fritz at Thurston County, Washington. She was a nurse. At Central she was in the Girls' Glee Club; Sophomore Chorus; Cynosure B-Weekly, Distribution Staff; F.H.A. Vice President; "Sweethearts" Chorus; "Papa Is All" Production Staff.



Milton Allan "Ace" Johnson

Billings Montana Gazette
Sunday, April 24, 2011

M. A. "Ace" Johnson

M. A. "Ace" Johnson, 71, passed away April 22, 2011, at St Vincent's Hospital. He was born Feb. 21, 1940, in Twin Valley, Minn., to Milton E Johnson and Hazel Estes Johnson. He graduated from high school at Fargo, N.D.
Ace married Jean Harmon [Note: Jean Harman, FCHS Class of '59] in 1959. They had two sons, Kevin and Mark. Ace moved to Billings, in 1983 and worked until retirement at the Sewing Center West. In June 1989, he married Joyce M. Randall. They were able to retire in 1995 and enjoyed traveling extensively. Ace also liked to play duplicate bridge and golf.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; his son, Kevin; his son Mark and wife, Shelly; three grandsons, Matt, Tim and Michael; one granddaughter, Laura Jean; sisters, Myrna Pfiffner, of Prior Lake, Minn., Karen Priola and husband Richard, of Mesa, Ariz., Reta Sorsveen and husband, Chuck, of Maple Grove, Minn.; sister and brother-in-law, Bea and Raymond Hutson, of Sheridan, Wyo.; and his extended family of Dennis and Jean Randall, Gary and Cookie Coats, Cindy Smith, Marlene Randall and John, Robbie Carpenter and Vince Winterhalter, Leanne Carpenter Mills and Jeff Mills, Gloria and Cole Loveridge, and all the children.
Ace's memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S 27th, Billings. Cremation has taken place.

Contributed by classmate Bruce Monson

The Alumni Association Cynosure
Volume 26, Number 2, 2011

M. A. "Ace" Johnson, 71, passed away April 22, 2011, in Billings, MT. He was born February 21, 1940, in Twin Valley, MN, to Milton E. Johnson and Hazel Estes Johnson. He graduated from FCHS in 1958. Ace married Jean Harmon [Editor: '59] in 1959. He moved to Billings, MT, in 1983 and worked until retirement at the Sewing Center West. In June 1989, he married Joyce M. Randall. He retired in 1995. Ace enjoyed traveling; duplicate bridge and golf. He is survived by his wife Joyce; two sons; three grandsons; a grand-daughter; sisters, Myrna Pfiffner, '56, of Prior Lake, MN, Karen (Richard), '59, Priola, Mesa, AZ, Reta (Chuck), '61, Sorsveen of Maple Grove, MN; and many extended family members. Ace participated in: Intramural Sports; Cynosure Annual; "Papa is All" Production Staff; Quill & Scroll.



Jerald Johnson

Unknown Source
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

Dr. Jerald Johnson, 55; was a charitable dentist
Dr. Jerald Johnson, a retired Edina dentist who treated patients whether they could pay or not, died of cancer Saturday at age 55.
"It was very much his whole life," said his daughter Amy Hauser, of Eden Prairie. "He wasn't in it for the money. He did the work whether or not they had insurance or whether or not they could pay for it. He was an amazing person."
She said her father had office hours Monday through Saturday, but when a patient called him at home on Sunday with an emergency, he would respond.
A graduate of the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota, he had also had taught part-time there. He did dental work in the Army in Vietnam.
In addition to his daughter Amy, Johnson is survived by another daughter, Megan Stadler of Mankato, Minn., and a brother, Eugene Johnson, of Seattle.
A memorial service will be held at 1p.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E. 31st St., Minneapolis
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Unknown, Undated Source

Johnson
Dr. Jerald B., age 55, of Edina, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Dentist in Edina for 30 years. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by daughters, Amy Hauser and husband Tom, Megan Stadler and husband Andy: brother, Eugene Johnson: many other relatives, friends and patients. Memorial service of celebration Wed. 1 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E. 31st Street, Mpls. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or Methodist Hospital Hospice and Home Care.
Washburn-McReavy, Edina Chapel, 920-3996 Edina Chapel 920-3996

Contributed by classmate Ruth Engh Westrick



Kenneth Johnson

Unknown, Undated Source

Dr. Kenneth Allen Johnson
The funeral for Dr. Kenneth Allen Johnson, 53, Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly Fargo, will be at 2 Friday in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 Thursday, with a prayer service at 7, in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. He died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1993, of injuries suffered in a plane crash in Arizona.
Mr. Johnson was born July 30, 1940, in Fargo, where he grew up and graduated from Central High School in 1958. He graduated in 1962 from North Dakota State University. In 1966, he graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore. He served with the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Wash.
His internship was at the University of Minnesota with residencies at the Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minn. He was an instructor at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester from 1974 to 1977. He was then an assistant professor of orthopedics at the school until 1982 and associate professor of orthopedics until 1987, when he was named a consultant in orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. He was later named a professor of orthopedics at the Mayo Medical School. At the time of his death, he was chief of orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. He was a past president of the Society of Foot Surgeons.
In 1964 he married Stella Crary in Fargo.
He is survived by a son, Gunnar B., Washington, D.C.; three daughters, Helen (Ken) Foltz, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Laura C. Johnson, Phoenix, and Rosella Johnson, Flagstaff, Ariz.; a brother Richard, San Diego; a sister, Linda (Tom) Healy, Rochester; and one grandchild.

Contributed by classmate Ruth Engh Westrick



Paul Johnson

The Fargo Forum
December 4, 2010

Paul R. "Uncle Paul" Johnson
Fargo

Died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at age 69 in his home.

Survivors: brother, Erle Johnson; and two sisters, Wanda Beattie, Angie (Art) Jore.

Services: Visitation will be Monday from 1 to 2, followed by the funeral at 2, in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.

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Boulger Funeral Home

Paul "Uncle Paul" R. Johnson, 69, Fargo, ND died Thursday, December 2, 1010 in his home.

Paul was born January 1, 1941 in Valley City, North Dakota to Lydia & Arthur T. Johnson. The first baby born in Barnes County. The family moved to Fargo when Paul was two. He attended Agassiz School from 1st grade thru the 9th grade. He graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1958. He attended NDSU briefly before moving to St. Paul, MN. He played the violin in the FM Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Navy in 1964 and served on numerous ships in many areas all over the world. Their duty during the Vietnam War was to pick up downed pilots but not to engage in fighting. He obtained the rank of Senior Chief. Following his service he moved to his lake home on Round Lake, MN. He worked for Zorbaz on Ottertail Lake. He moved to Fargo where he managed the Heritage House for a brief time, then worked at NDSU in maintenance.

Paul enjoyed being with people and could converse with all ages.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Arthur T. Jr. and Garfield and a sister, Loretta Sheppard

He is survived by two sisters, Wanda Beattie , Ashville, Ohio and Angie (Art) Jore, Fargo, ND; and one brother Erle Johnson of Frisco, TX. and many nieces and nephew. Gathering: 1-2:00 P.M. Monday, December 6 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:
2:00 P.M. Monday, December 6 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.
Arrangements:
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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The Alumni Association Cynosure
Volume 26, Number 2, 2011

Paul R. Johnson, 69, passed away December 2, 2010, in Fargo, ND. He graduated from FCHS in 1958. He is survived by a brother, Erle Johnson, '50, two sisters, Wanda Beattie, Angie, '49 (Art, '49) Jore. While attending FCHS, Paul participated in: Orchestra; Debate Squad; Cynosure Bi-Weekly; Red Cross; Palette Club; "Medley of Moods" Production Staff; "Sweethearts" Production Staff; "The Desert Song" Production Staff.



Ronald Johnson

RONALD W. JOHNSON

Ronald W. Johnson, 32, was born in Fargo on July 9, 1940. He graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1958. He was a member of the ND Air National Guard and was employed in insurance securities sales. He was a member of the Elks Club and the Masons. Mr Johnson died in an automobile accident, Thursday, April 20, 1972.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Iver Johnson of Fargo and a brother, Jerry of Fargo.

The funeral will be at 2pm Saturday in St Marks Lutheran Church, Rev. Theodore Berning officiating.

Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. (Ivers Funeral Home)

From the obituary file of FCHSAA.

Contributed by classmate Ruth Engh Westrick and Jerry Johnson '57



Larry Jones

The Fargo Forum
23 March 1990

The memorial service for Larry W. Jones, 49, Morehead, Ky., formerly Fargo, will be at 1:30 Saturday in Olivet Lutheran Church, Fargo. He died Monday (March 19, 1990) in a shooting incident in Morehead.
Mr. Jones was born Nov. 30, 1940, in Fargo, where he grew up and graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1958. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree in 1962. He received his master's degree from NDSU in 1964. He later attended Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., and received a doctorate from Oregon State University in 1971.
He was an administrator at Eastern Montana State University. From 1974 to 1978, he was an associate professor at Moorhead State University, where he held teaching and administrative postitions including chairman of the Department of Education, dean of regional services and director of continuing education.
He was the dean of professional studies, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University. In 1983, he was Bloomsburg University interim president and acting president in 1985. He was currently dean of the College of Professional Studies at Morehead (Ky.) State University. He also was president of the Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
He is survived by two daughters, Katie Jones, Pittsburgh; and Sarah Jones, Fargo; his parents, Howard and Sylvia Jones, Fargo; and a brother, Everett, Toronto.

Contributed by classmate Andrea Hunter Halgrimson


Jane Kaiser

The InForum, 9 October 2011

Jane Kaiser Gordon
Aug. 7, 1940 - Oct. 8, 2011
PELICAN LAKE, Minn. - Jane Kaiser Gordon, 71, Fargo, died Saturday in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, Minn. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:30 to 8, with a prayer service at 8, in Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 in First United Methodist Church, Fargo.

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Hanson-Runsvold Obituary
Fargo, North Dakota

Jane Kaiser Gordon, 71, Pelican Lake, MN, died peacefully October 8, 2011 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, after a twenty year battle with breast and ovarian cancer.

Jane was born August 7, 1940 in Fargo, ND to Ervin E. and Margaret Kaiser. She attended Fargo elementary schools and was a 1958 Fargo Central High School graduate. She attended NDSU and graduated from UND with a BS in Elementary Education.

She met her husband, David, at UND and they were married December 27, 1961. Jane taught physical education briefly at NDSU before beginning her family of three girls: Martha Jane Arnhart (Randall) Longview, TX, Andrea Frost (Erik) Ketchum, OK and Allison Cook (Eric), Houston, TX.

She was a teacher at heart, teaching Sunday school as well as swimming, one of her great interests. She was a lifeguard for many years. She enjoyed playing bridge, mah jong, golf and tennis, and boating at their Pelican Lake home. And of course, shopping and lunching with friends and family, both near and far.

Jane's inner beauty shone through the modeling experiences she had at Dayton's and other Fargo stores. She helped to bring beauty into other people's lives through her color analysis business. Her positive faith was fostered at First United Methodist, Faith United Methodist and Calvary United Methodist churches. More recently, they became a part of the Cormorant Lutheran congregation.

Jane's other activities included the Fargo Junior League, Gamma Phi Beta Alumni, PEO Sisterhood, Bible Study Fellowship and Young Life Adult Committee.

Jane had a unique ability to make everyone feel like they were her very special friend. Her care, love and concern for others, despite her own difficult situation, will always be remembered.

She is survived by her husband, David D., her daughters and their husbands, eight grandsons: Bracken, Harris, Truitt, and Kaiser Arnhart, Nikolas and Hyatt Frost: and Dalton and Hunter "Ozzy" Cook: and her sister, Nancy Dawson, Mandan, ND.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Erv Kaiser.

The family is especially grateful for the kind and compassionate care Jane received at the Emmanual Care Center along with Hospice during these last few weeks.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Susan G. Koman Foundation, Dystonia Medical Research Foundation or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Memorial Service: Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, Fargo, ND.

Visitation: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 6:30 - 8 PM at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home with a prayer service at 8 PM.

Large photo contributed by Chickie Arneson - taken at Class of '58 50th Reunion
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The Alumni Association Cynosure, Volume 27, Number 1, 2012

Jane (Kaiser) Gordon, 71, Pelican Lake, MN, died October 8, 2011, in Detroit Lakes, MN. Jane was born August 7, 1940 in Fargo, ND to Ervin E. and Margaret Kaiser. She graduated from FCHS in 1958. She attended NDSU and graduated from UND with a BS in Elementary Education. She married her husband, David on December 27, 1961. Jane taught physical education briefly at NDSU before beginning her family of three girls. Jane was active in Fargo Junior League, Gamma Phi Beta Alumni, PEO Sisterhood, Bible Study Fellowship and Young Life Adult Committee. Jane will always be remembered for her inner beauty and her ability to make everyone feel like they were her very special friend. She is survived by her husband David, three daughters; eight grandsons; a sister, Nancy Dawson '52, Mandan, ND.



Arlene I. Kalk

Born: 26 June 1940
Died: 8 March 1961, Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota
Arlene Kalk Memorial Scholarship

Fargo Forum - undated
Arlene I. Kalk, 20,
Stricken, Dies

Arlene Irene Kalk, 20, a junior at NDSU, and a lifelong Fargoan, died unexpectedly Wednesday in a Fargo Hospital, apparently of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Miss Kalk was stricken in her home Tuesday afternoon. A physician was called. The young women's breathing had stopped but after artificial respiration had been applied, she resumed breathing and was taken to the hospital by Fargo-Moorhead Ambulance.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Kalk, 709 13th Ave. N., Fargo, Miss Kalk was majoring in physical education.
She was born here June 26, 1940, and was a graduate of Fargo High School and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
The funeral tentatively is set at 2 Friday in Hanson-Runsvold Chapel, Rev. Alfred E. Thiem officiating.
Besides her parents, Miss Kalk leaves a sister, Mrs. John (Delores) Ramsey, 2009 9th St. N., Fargo, and two grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George J. Row, Roseau, Minn.
Miss Kalk was a member of Gamma Phi Beta.
Obituary contributed by Selma Black.


Gordon Kankelfritz

The InForum, 22 March 2009

Gordon Rudolph Kankelfritz
11/30/1939 - 02/28/2009
Gordon Rudolph Kankelfritz entered into God's grace at the age of 69 on February 28, 2009. Gordy was born in Valley City, North Dakota in 1939 to Mr. Rudolph A. & Viola A. Kankelfritz. He grew up in Fargo, ND; graduated from Fargo Central High school in 1958; and attended North Dakota State University.
In 1961, Gordy moved to Washington state where he accepted a job with the Boeing Company. It was here, in Seattle, where he met his wife to be, Shirley Niebuhr, enjoyed 44 years of marriage, and worked in the engineering field with Paine Instruments and Crane Aerospace where he served as Senior Control Engineer.
Gordy was a devoted husband and father to two children, Andrea and Michael. Gordy was diagnosed in 2002 with a rare genetic disorder (Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Antibody deficiency) which he faced with courage and deep conviction, choosing to focus on family and his role as provider instead of the slowly debilitating effects of this disease.
In all of the roles that life has required of him (worker, husband, father & friend) Gordy?s character qualities of dependability, steadfastness, trustworthiness, and loyalty blessed all who encountered him. He had a reserved nature, but those close to him knew well his quick wit, dry sense of humor, kind heart, and problem solving brilliancy.
Gordy is preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph & Viola. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, daughter, Andrea (Malcolm) Hightower, son Michael (Becky) Kankelfritz, grandchildren: Amy, Juan, Eliazar, and Abby, greatgrandchild, Chloe; brother, Daral (Joyce) Kankelfritz and extended family.
A memorial service will be held, Saturday March 28th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the New Life Center Church, 6830 Highland Drive, Everett, WA 98203 www.newlifecenter.org, reception following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Life Center Church in Gordon's name.
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From The HeraldNet
Everett, Washington
March 22, 2009.

Gordon Rudolph Kankelfritz
Gordon Kankelfritz, 69, of Lynnwood, WA died on February 28, 2009.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009, at New Life Center Church, 6830 Highland Drive, Everett, WA. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Life Center Church in Gordon's name.
Arrangements are under the care of Solie Funeral Home.

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The Alumni Association Cynosure, Volume 24, Number 2, 2009

Gordon Rudolph Kankelfritz, 69, passed away February 28, 2009. Gordy was born in 1939 the son of Rudolph and Viola Kankelfritz. He graduated from FCHS in 1958; and attended NDSU, Fargo, ND. In 1961, Gordy moved to WA where he accepted a job with the Boeing Company. He met his wife, Shirley Niebuhr in Seattle, WA. and the couple enjoyed 44 years of marriage. Gordy worked in the engineering field with Paine Instruments and Crane Aerospace where he served as Senior Control Engineer.
Gordy is survived by his wife, Shirley; a daughter and a son; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; brother, Darold, '61 (Joyce) Kankelfritz, and extended family. While attending FCHS, Gordy participated in: Intramural Sports; Football A and B; Science Club, Physics; "Medley of Moods, " Production Staff; "Sweethearts," Production Staff.



Earl King

Duluth News Tribune
September 5, 2014

Earl A. King, 75, of Duluth, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

He was born in Duluth on June 13, 1939 to Donald and Esther (Beck) King.

Early on he worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and then became co-owner of Automotive Reconditioning for 10 years. Later he was the sole owner of Automated Vending Services for 20 years. During this period he was a reserve police officer for the Duluth Police Department and a bailiff for the St. Louis County Court System. Earl enjoyed collecting model cars and airplanes and was particularly passionate about flying. He owned and operated his own plane and had the rare opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels. Earl will be remembered for his outgoing nature as well as his friendliness and generosity. He will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents and son Donnie E. King.

Earl is survived by brothers, Robert (Carol) and Terry (Kathy) both of Rochester, Minn.; significant other Marilyn Hellesvig of Duluth as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 12 Noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 in Cremation Society of Minnesota 4100 Grand Ave. Duluth. Services entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota 218-624-5200.


Walter Klostermeier

The Fargo Forum
3 February 1992

The memorial service for Walter C. Klostermeier, 54, 8 7th St. N., Fargo, will be at 1:30 Friday in Pontoppidan Lutheran Church, Fargo. He died Tuesday, Feb. 1. 1994.
Mr. Klostermeier was born Feb. 25, 1939, in Solway, Minn., where he grew up. He attended school in Bemidji, Minn., and graduated from Fargo Central High School. He lived and worked in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
He is survived by two sons, Kelly, Moorhead, and Korey (Anne), Minneapolis; three sisters, Janet (Alvin) Traaseth, Moorhead, Berry (Richard) Dodds, Stone Mountain Ga., and Louise (Neil) Stone, Arizona

Contributed by classmate Andrea Hunter Halgrimson



Ronald Kyllo

The Fargo Forum, 28 September 2008

Ronald Eugene Kyllo
Ronald Eugene Kyllo, 67, died Friday, September 26, 2008 at his home in Hickson, North Dakota.
Ron was born November 29, 1940 in Fargo, North Dakota to Gilbert and Mable (Alfson) Kyllo. Ron grew up on a farm and attended Fargo schools where he graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1958. He married Doris (Dorrie) Saeland on September 8, 1961.
Ron was employed by Branick Manufacturing until he moved to Wahpeton, North Dakota in 1969 and was employed by Wahpeton Foundry until 1973. Ron moved to Hickson, ND after opening Valley Patterns in Fargo, where he worked as a pattern maker and produced Steiger and Case-IH 1/12 scale models until his retirement in 1992. Ron was an active member in Hickson Lutheran Church and served on the South Pleasant Township Board.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Mable Kyllo of Fargo; and son in law Scott Rogers of Moorhead, Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife Doris and three children; Kathi Rogers, Moorhead, MN; Wayne Kyllo, Fargo, ND; and Michael Kyllo of Granite Falls, MN; two grandchildren, Samantha and Jack Rogers; sister Joyce Brogger; and several nieces and nephews.
Through his faith, Ron was able to face an eighteen year illness with courage and strength. Husband, father, and grandfather, Ron will be deeply missed.
Visitation: Monday, September 29, 2008 from 5pm to 7pm at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home
Funeral Service: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at Hickson Lutheran Church in Hickson, North Dakota; 10:30 AM
Burial: Lower Red River Wild Rice Cemetery in Hickson