OBITUARIES Non-Classmates


Clarence 'Louver' Braunberger, 80, Fargo, ND formerly of Christine, ND died Monday, December 15, 2008 in his home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Clarence was born on February 2, 1928 to Fred and Clara (Broechel) Braunberger in Minot, ND. He attended grade school in Raub and Garrison, ND. The family moved to Fargo in 1945 and he attended Fargo Central High School. He returned to the western part of the state and worked on the construction of the Garrison Dam. In 1949 he moved back to Fargo and began working for Armour Company. He was drafted during the Korean War and served from September of 1951 with the 6th Armored Division in Japan. He married the love of his life, LaVonne Mae Lahren on June 1, 1951 in Webster, SD. He was honorably discharged in 1952 and returned to Fargo and resumed working for Armour until the plant closed in 1958. Clarence started his home-based auto body repair shop in his garage at 11th St. and 7 Ave. S. in Fargo. He relocated Clarence's Louver and Body Shop to 13th Ave. S. in 1961. He semi-retired in 1991 when his sons, Glenn and Wayne took over the shop. He continued to oversee the day to day operation of the business until the family closed the shop in 2002.

Clarence was very family oriented and a Boy Scout leader (Olivet 215) while his sons were growing up. He enjoyed car restoration as a hobby and was a member of the Hot Rod Car Club and the Horseless Carriage Club of America. He also belonged to the Eagles and to the American Legion Fargo Post 2. A highlight for Clarence was being inducted into the ND Auto Body Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife: LaVonne; two sons: Wes (Mary) Braunberger, Fargo, ND, Glenn Braunberger, Christine, ND; daughter: Joy Cossette, Fargo, ND; sister: Agnes (Dwain) Detmer, LaMarque, TX; two brothers: Eugene Braunberger, Wickenburg, AZ, David Braunberger, Hesperia, CA; 12 grandchildren: Shane (Jenny) Cossette and their children: Stephanie and Brandon of West Fargo, ND, Stacey (Matt) Davis and their children: Ashely and Caleb of North Pole, AK, Robert 'Bobby' (Wendy) Cossette and their child: Lilly, of Glyndon, MN, Sarah (Jake) Halvorson, Dilworth, MN, Nicholas 'Nick' Braunberger, Fargo, ND, Katie Braunberger, Fargo, ND, Joseph Braunberger, Fargo, ND, Ryan Braunberger, Sioux Falls, SD, Stephanie (Kyle) Hohertz, Fargo, ND, Adam Braunberger, Fargo, ND, Richard Braunberger, Fargo, ND, Chad (Sheila) Braunberger and their daughter: Sadie of Fargo, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son: Wayne Braunberger.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley and First United Methodist Church, Fargo.

See Toppers.


The Fargo Forum
May 24, 2002
Family, friends remember Dunkirk
By Andrea Halgrimson

Pianist Ward Dunkirk, a 1960s to present-day Fargo-Moorhead music icon was remembered Thursday by friends and family for his legacy of musical memories, gentleness and sense of humor.
During the funeral service at Fargo's Olivet Lutheran church, brother Dick Dunkirk said he was always known as "Ward's brother."
He told of the time Nat King Cole's brother played in Fargo. Cole said he had one thing Nat would never have and that was a famous brother. Dick Dunkirk said his brother was in the same situation.
Ward Dunkirk had a gift for music. He could play anything a patron requested be it jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, country-western, blues or whatever. And he sang, too. He also was well trained, earning a master's degree in music from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
The sound of Dunkirk's mellow voice and rhythmic piano will be remembered by many who frequented piano bars at Moorhead's Skol Room and Treetop Room in the old Fredrick Martin Hotel and Fargo's Town House and Oak Manor Motels.
Tom Schmallen, a Dunkirk friend recalling those long gone establishments said, "No one can play feelings like Ward."
Others at the service spoke of Dunkirk's chronic tardiness and his difficulty with cars. He apparently never added oil to his vehicles.
Earlier this year, Dunkirk was to play in Fargo's new Avalon Ballroom. The evening was billed as a reunion of the Shadows, Bobby Vee's band - the one that filled in for Buddy Holly at the Moorhead Armory the night of his tragic death in 1959. The Dunkirks were members of the Shadows.
Daughter Michelle, noting her father's sense of humor, said that during his final illness, her dad rose out of his bed and said, "If I ever get out of this, I want to be a hip-hop artist." He was 64 years old.
Thursday night, family and friends met at the Fargo Holiday Inn to make music in Dunkirk's memory.
Songs like "A Train" were performed by The Jazz Arts Little Big Band, under Harley Summerfield's direction.
Also entertaining the large crowd in Dunkirk's memory were his daughter Michelle on violin, Dick Dunkirk on guitar, Dick's daughters Jennifer and Stephanie vocalizing, with Mo Hanson on drums, Dick Gross on piano and Lewy Ronken on guitar.
Ward Dunkirk's CDs were available for purchase and funds are being raised for a music scholarship in his name at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
The dictionary defines quintessence as, "The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form." That was Ward Dunkirk and his music.


The Fargo Forum
September 27, 2017
Scott Michael Fridlund, 76, of Moorhead, MN, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo, ND. Scott was born on December 29, 1940, in Moorhead, MN, to Carroll and Marjorie (Raines) Fridlund.
Scott attended Moorhead High School, where he graduated in 1958. He began his studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and was briefly interrupted upon being drafted into the army. Upon his return, he resumed his studies and graduated in 1967 with a B.A. in Economics.
After graduation, Scott began working for Piper, Jaffray, & Hopwood as a stock broker. In 1976, he opened his own independent brokerage firm, Fridlund Securities. In 1977, he began developing commercial real estate. He was ahead of his time in the now popular trend of refurbishing and repurposing older buildings into modern day offices and retail spaces. Examples of his work include developing One Riverside Condos in Moorhead, Case Building, Graver and Gardner Hotels, and Broadway Park in downtown Fargo.
Scott was a very organized person and a very generous man. He was a friendly, gregarious, and outgoing individual who loved people. He also enjoyed classic cars, lake life, sailing, boating, and water skiing.
Scott is survived by his wife, Marcy Fridlund; daughter, Jennifer (Greg) Lee; grandchildren, Anastasia and Ian Lee; mother, Marjorie; sister, Karen Fridlund; and many other loving relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Carroll, and his son, Jon.
Service: Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 3:00PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service.
Burial: Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Riverside Cemetery in Moorhead, MN following services in Moorhead.

See Mello-De-Mufflers.


Jerry Lynn Johnson was born March 4, 1939 in Fargo, where he grew up, graduating from Fargo Central High School in 1957 and later attending NDSU.
In 1961, Jerry married Kathleen Nelson. He served in the Air National Guard from 1959-1965.
He was employed at Russ Buick from 1967-1980.
In 1968, he married Karen Knoke and moved to Leeds, ND where he operated Leeds Sporting Goods from 1970-1973.
He married Judy (Backer) Eiler July 3, 1975.
From 1980-1983, Jerry worked at Tim Corwin Buick. He worked at Selland Motors, Moorhead, from 1983-1993, at which time he began working for Nelson Motors in Crookston, MN until retirement.
Jerry worked in auto sales all his life and was also an avid car collector. He had a large circle of car friends and was known to have a strong affinity for the era of the 1950’s, carrying the nickname of “Fargo’s Oldest Teenager.” Jerry was a charter member of the Topper’s Car Club and a long-time member of the Valley Vintage Car Club. He was a member of the Fargo Elks, the American Legion, and formerly belonged to the Fargo Eagles. He was on the Alumni Board of the Fargo Central Alumni Association, served on the Moorhead Planning Commission, and was Chairman of the Moorhead Codes Board.
Jerry was preceded in death by his brother Ron,; father, Iver; mother, Mildred (Voelpel) and wife, Judy. He is survived by daughter, Juli (Charlie) Harris of Brooklyn Park, MN and Grandchildren; step-daughter, Leslie Eiler of Colorado Springs, CO; several cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friend, Vi Lakeman of Felton, MN. Following the death of Judy, his wife of 43 years, Jerry rekindled a former love with Vi and the two established a new beginning together in their home in Moorhead, MN. Jerry endured fatal complications related to a massive stroke and died peacefully April 10, 2017 while surrounded by loved ones and listening to favorite Elvis tunes at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.
Printed from Obituary at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home.


Hanson-Runsvold Obituaries
February 15, 2010

Geraldine E. Mundy, 70, of Fargo died Thursday, February 11, 2010 at Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
She is survived by her half brother, Dennis Scanlon; uncle, Virgil "Andy" Andersen and many cousins.
Prayer Service: Monday, February 15, 2010, 2:00 PM at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, ND.

[Note: Geraldine attended Jefferson Elementary (probably Agassiz Junior High School as well).]


The below was written by The Furys bandmember Dick Dunkirk in preparation for The Furys being inducted into the Mid-America Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Lynn Skjonsby, whose stage name was Lynn Gerald, was a founding member of The Furys band along with Steve and Marc Wroe and Dick Dunkirk.
Lynn was born January 17, 1940 at Cristine, North Dakota. He grew up on his parents farm east of Kindred, North Dakota and graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1957 (same class as Dick Dunkirk). He sang in church often and was self-taught on guitar and accordian.
In the spring of 1959 he and his close friend Dick Dunkirk started The Furys band along with Steve and Marc Wroe. They were very popular and played all the ballrooms and dance spots that were operating at that time, like the Crystal Ballroom, Detroit Lakes Pavilion, Maple Lake Pavilion, Legion Hall in Halstad, etc.
Lynn married Charlotte Schlanser in 1960 and they had 3 children, a son Jay, and two daughters, Jamie and Jackie.
Lynn died February 9, 1976.
I remember driving around in his 58 Chevy singing along with Buddy Holly songs on the radio! Lynn was a lot of fun and he had a lot of friends. My friend Jim Ebsen recalls a "white knuckle" ride with Lynn to Detroit Lakes one night at about 110 miles per hour! He packed a lot of living into those 36 years, and we all miss him.....Dick Dunkirk


The Fargo Forum
January 1, 2001
Pioneers, Pillars of Community Die In 2000
Forum Staff Reports
- James H. Stillman, Las Vegas. Stillman, who played drums for Bobby Vee when the Fargo native launched his career by playing in Moorhead on the night Buddy Holly was killed, died Aug. 9 at the age of 61.

The following is from the Steve Rowe and The Furys publication which was produced for the induction of The Furys into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame:

Jim Stillman
Bass player JIM STILLMAN is best remembered for his role with Bobby Vee and the Shadows during their first year - including their historic appearance at the Moorhead Armory on Feb. 3, 1959. Stillman also played bass on the group's first recordings, "Suzie Baby" and "Flyin' High." After he was replaced in Vee's band by Dick Dunkirk, he began freelancing, then, "Jim came into The Furys to replace Ken Harvey on bass in the mid-'60s," Steve Wroe says.
Although he owned numerous instruments, including a Gretach "Country Gentleman" guitar and a lap top slide guitar, his friends remember seeing him on stage playing on the bass. Stillman left the area, and his musician friends lost track of him - until the news of his passing twenty years later. Today he is one of the missing Furys.


Although not a classmate, many of you may have known Roger through hot rod/car club activities. Below are a couple notes from Jerry Quam (his email - ) and a short note from the Fargo Forum and the East Valley (Phoenix) Tribune.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 8:19 AM
Subject: Passing of a "SWANKS" member
Mike; got a recorded message Tues 6:a.m. from Roger Wiese's signifigant other that Roger had passed away in Mesa, AZ; he had been a very successful farmer in the Halsted, Minnesota area for many years; divorced, sold his large farm and airplane and moved to Arizona; I met up with him after over 40 years and it was as we had never missed a beat as friends; he was a likable, fun-loving individual just as I remembered him from the late 50s/early 60's; I had sold him my 32 Ford coupe before moving to California in 1962; Roger re-newed his interest in "hotroding" in Arizona where he had several street rods; (1955 Chev coupe and a 1932 Ford) and a lovely lady friend that I had a opportunity to meet only once; she was with him at the time of his passing; Roger also was involved in the original "Gathering of the Geezers" the reunion of the 50's and 60's Fargo-Moorhead car people held at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion; I know Roger did not attend school in Fargo, and he was not part of our graduating class; but was known and admired by many Fargoans who had similar interests as Roger; may he rest in peace.
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: Passing of a "SWANKS" member
Mike; No; don't think Roger ever lived in Moorhead ....... only hooked up with him at the reunion of the car guys (gals) "Geezers" #1; he joined us in Mpls and we all drove down together; Hofsommer, myself, Tim Holt and Roger; Gary H. had a mild stroke a month or so back; we are all falling apart!Maybe put up something on your SWANKS page; he knew lots of people back in the FGO/Moorhead area; thank; hope all is well; cheers! Jerry
From the Forum on 8/13/09:
Roger G. Wiese, 67, Mesa, Ariz., formerly Halstad, Minn., died Tuesday in Mesa. Visitation will be Aug. 22 from noon to 1, followed by the memorial service at 1, in Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad.
East Valley (Phoenix) Tribune,
Roger Glenn Wiese
WIESE, Roger Glenn, 67, of Mesa, died August 11, 2009, in Mesa. Services: 1 p.m. Friday, at 5650 E. Main Street, Mesa. Sonoran Skies Mortuary handled arrangements 480985-4900.
Published August 19 2009 - Fargo Forum
Roger G. Wiese

Roger G. Wiese, 67, Mesa, AZ, formerly of Halstad, MN, died Tuesday, August 11, 2009, in Mesa.

Roger was born to Glenn E. and Enid L. Wiese on January 26, 1942 in Crookston, MN. In 1942, they moved to Halstad, MN, where they farmed for many years. Roger married Claudia Nelson on September 12, 1964 and they raised their two children Janelle and Chad. He was a member of the USAF Air National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1967. During his time in the Halstad area, Roger was a member of the Halstad School Board for over 20 years and played a major role in the creation of the Norman County West Schools. He served on the American Crystal Sugar Board. He enjoyed flying with his family, raising horses and building street rod cars. After retiring from farming in 1995, Roger and friend Kathy Mickelson moved to Mesa, Arizona. During his retirement in Arizona, Roger continued to enjoy his car hobby and traveling to Mexico with his many friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his father Glenn E. Wiese and mother Enid L. Wiese. He is survived by his daughter, Janelle, Phoenix, AZ; son Chad, Chicago, IL and special friend Kathy Mickelson, Apache Junction, AZ.

The family requests that any memorials for Roger be sent to: The American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Memorial Service: 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 22, 2009, at Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.

See Swanks.