Mandan News

Obituaries – August 24-30, 2013

Kelly Kiemele
Kelly Kiemele, 64, Mandan, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013, with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services were held Thursday at The Post, Mandan, with the Rev. Dan Sweeney officiating. Burial was in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with military honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post No.707 and American Legion Post No.40.

Kelly Kiemele was born July 30, 1949, to Raymond and Dorothy (O’Donald) Kiemele in Bismarck. Raised and educated in the Bismarck-Mandan area, he graduated from Bismarck High in 1967. After high school, Kelly attended the North Dakota State School of Science at Wahpeton for two years in the area of drafting. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. He was in the 101st Airborne as a medic with one term in Vietnam. Returning home he spent several years working as a draftsman, carpenter and in the construction field. On March 24, 1972, Kelly married Patty Dickson in Mandan. He worked for the Amoco Refinery, now Tesoro, until his retirement in 2004.

Kelly had a natural talent and passion for music. Well-known in the Bismarck-Mandan area as a guitar player, he played guitar and mandolin in many local bands, such as the Old Five and Dimers with Les Vaagen and Frog Holler String Band with John Lardinois. He spent many happy years accompanying Preston Schmidt and his fiddle. Saturday mornings, he could be found jamming with his favorite musicians at his daughter’s coffee shop, which he always felt was a privilege.

His talents extended beyond playing instruments. He also repaired and rebuilt guitars and mandolins. One would be amazed how he could take a box of guitar parts and end up with a fine-playing instrument. You would often see him driving around in his cherished 1929 restored Model A and his 1930 original Model A.

His great pride was being with his family, especially his granddaughters. His legacy of love, laughter and charity is carried in the hearts and lives of all who knew and loved him.

Left with fond memories of a life well-lived are his wife, Patty, Mandan; son, Trevor (Heather), Cheyenne, Wyo; daughter, Tara Kiemele (Gus Ereth), Mandan; granddaughters, Allie Ereth and Madilyn Kiemele; father, Ray (Nancy) Kiemele, Bismarck; sister, Neva (Larry) Lang, Bismarck; brother, Barry (Teresa), Mandan; sister, Cindy (Rick) Hoy, Fargo; many nieces and nephews; his dog, Mack; and many friends.

Kelly was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Vietnam Vets Memorial and the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

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Jacob Helbling
Jacob A. Helbling, 92, rural Mandan, died Aug. 20, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Care Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was in Mandan Union Cemetery.

Jacob A. Helbling was born on July 23, 1921, on the family ranch southwest of Mandan, the son of Peter V. and Rose (Renner) Helbling. Jacob lived on the family farm for nearly 90 years. He was raised and educated in the St. Anthony area. On Oct. 25, 1949, he married Rose Boehm, daughter of Jacob J. and Julia (Stein) Boehm.

Jacob “Jack” and Rose farmed southwest of Mandan on the Helbling Hereford Ranch established in 1914 by his father. Both men raised registered Hereford bulls and donated bulls to Home on the Range for boys. They also sold yearling Hereford bulls every year at Kist Livestock. Special memories of Jack include his love of the land, his love for animals and pets, farming and raising Hereford bulls, hunting, enjoying old-time music, dancing, going to polka fests and traveling with his wife. Jack had a very sharp mind for history and family trees, and loved spending time with family and friends.

Jack and Rose were known throughout the area for their hospitality. Jack was an engaging storyteller and conversationalist and loved to be the center of attention.
In later years, Jack and Rose traveled all over the U.S. and extensively in Europe. One of the highlights of their travels was meeting Pope John Paul II in Italy. In 2007, Jack was featured in a DVD sponsored by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection entitled “Dakota Memories with Jacob A. Helbling.”

Jack is survived by one son, LeRoy (Rosemary) Helbling, southwest of Mandan; daughters, Yvonne Hurkes, Bismarck, Sonja (Michael) Wiser, Vancouver, Wash., Marlys (Donald) Rychlik, Mandan, Jacquelyn (Rey) Castillo, Sacramento, Calif., and Gloria (William) Fox, Vancouver, Wash; 10 grandchildren, Lisa (Jim) Anderson, Nicole (Kirk) Jenson, Nathaniel (Shelly) Rychlik, Liz, John and Michael Hurkes, Emily (Josh) Castillo, Bryan and Eric Castillo and Jeremy Heiser; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ida Robinson, El Paso, Texas.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rose, in 1998; son-in-law Jim Hurkes; two infant daughters, Juliana and Charmaine Helbling; a brother, Matt; sisters, Angie Johnson and Monica Eckroth; and two infant sisters, Brigetta and Juliana Helbling.

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Lorraine Kahl
Lorraine Kahl, 85, Mandan, died Aug. 21, 2013, at her residence with her family by her side after a brief struggle with leukemia.

Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Aug. 24, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly officiating. Burial was in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Lorraine Kary was born to Joseph and Mathilda (Schneider) Kary on July 25, 1928, in Mandan. She was raised and educated in Solen. On Aug. 30, 1948, she married Francis J. “Buddy” Kahl in Solen. After their marriage, she and Buddy worked on a ranch west of Mandan, then established the Flying K Ranch 60 years ago. They lived there throughout their lives.

A gracious, gentle and generous woman, Lorraine lived a full and active life. Family was her greatest pride and she loved them all. She never missed a graduation, wedding or other special occasion for her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren. She and Buddy enjoyed traveling. After Buddy’s death, Lorraine continued to travel extensively.. Being an active member of the 4H Club, Homemakers, TOPS, VFW Auxiliary and the Horse and Saddle Club brought her much enjoyment. Her dedication to her family was always evident, especially after Buddy’s stroke. She lovingly took care of him for 18 years.

Left with fond memories of Lorraine are her daughters, Karen (Steve) Boelter, Bismarck, Alice (Hugo) Fergel, Wichita, Kan., Cheryl (Mark) Kjelland, Washougal, Wash., Janel (Steve) Johnson, Duluth, Minn., Patty (Mark) Mosbrucker, Mandan, and Lori (Tracy) Sautner, Auburn, Wash.; sons, Rick (Sandy), Scott City, Kan., Larry, Allen (Kaaren) and Randy (Christi), all of Mandan, and Bruce (Angie), Calhan, Colo.; 29 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; a sister, Maggie Monzelowsky, Mandan; and sisters-in-law, Peggy Kary and Agnes Kary, both of Mesa, Ariz.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Kenny; daughter-in-law, Gail Kahl; sisters, Anna (Pevis) Heck, Rose (Paul) Shaffer, Sister Luella, Catherine (Jim) Garros, Tillie (Bill) Parkes; brother-in-law, Paul Monzelowsky; and brothers, John (Appalonia), Alec and Ted.

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Maxine Willows
Maxine Willows, 75, Mandan, died Aug. 20, 2013, in Bismarck after a battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with burial in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Maxine Aaker was born to Ingvald and Eva (Bartlett) Aaker on March 4, 1938, in New Rockford. She grew up in the Hamar and McHenry areas and graduated from McHenry High School in 1955. On Aug. 3, 1956, she married Marvin Willows at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McHenry. Maxine’s life was devoted to raising and supporting her family. Marvin worked for Collins Construction Co. doing highway construction throughout North Dakota and Minnesota and Maxine traveled with him tending to their growing family.

They eventually settled in Binford, where they raised their five children. They especially enjoyed their involvement with the Binford Rodeo Club and rodeo became a lifelong passion they passed on to their family. Maxine owned and operated Maxine’s Ceramics for many years before moving to Mandan in 1986.

Marvin worked for Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation and his work on the Custer House was a source of pride and accomplishment for both of them. A talented artist, Maxine worked for JK Ceramics and Golden Age Services in Mandan until her retirement in 2011.

Maxine will be dearly missed by her daughter, Dana (Dennis) Hermanson, Bismarck; sons, Mark (Nicki) Willows, Binford, Jeff (Betsy) Willows, Panama City Beach, Fla., Maury (Sue) Willows, West Fargo, and Brad (Deanne) Willows, Mandan; grandchildren, Erica Willows, West Fargo, Shelby (Josh) Wessels, Mandan, Cory Hermanson, Mandan, Levi Willows, Binford, Thomas Willows, Panama City Beach, Fla., Cody (Jessica) Willows, Panama City Beach, Fla., McCallie and Braylen Willows, Mandan, and Caden Willows, West Fargo; one great-grandson, Braxton Wessels, Mandan; uncle, Keith (Judy) Bartlett, Glenfield; sisters-in-law, Marcella Therkelson, Cooperstown, and Elaine Willows, Williston; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joe and Pat Klein, Mandan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin in 2003; her parents; and siblings, Dennis Aaker, Roger Aaker and Judy White.

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