Mandan News

Obituaries – December 31, 2011 – January 6, 2012

Wilbert Heid

Wilbert “Willie” Heid, 84, New Salem, died Dec. 30, 2011, at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Peace Church, New Salem, with Reverend Joshua Eddy officiating. Burial was at Peace Cemetery in New Salem.

Willie was born Dec. 20, 1927, to William and Elsie (Kukuk) Heid. He was raised and educated in New Salem. On July 2, 1954, Willie married A. Colleen Knudson. They farmed and ranched west of New Salem. Willie also worked as a city custodian and for Cenex for 34 years. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, playing cards and listening to Lawrence Welk. He loved going to auction sales and attending basketball, football and baseball games. His favorite shows to watch were Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be missed by all who knew him.

Left with many fond memories of a life well lived is his wife of 57 years, A. Colleen Heid, New Salem; two sons, Jim (DeEtta) Heid, Bismarck, and Joel (Julie) Heid, Caney, Kans.; two daughters, Jeri Dunn, Hettinger, and Julie (Steve) Smith, Valrico, Fla.; one granddaughter, Allyson Leach-Heid; seven grandsons, Jameson Heid, Colin Dunn, Cassidy Heid, Caleb Smith, Braden, Chandler, and Cadet Heid; one great-grandson, William Ricci; three sisters, Anna (Ben) Kottsick, Mandan, Dorothy “Dot” Fuchs, Omaha, Neb., and Mildred (Wally) Conitz, Billings, Mont.; and one brother, Ron (Sandy) Heid, New Salem.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeffrey; and brother-in-law, Oliver Fuchs.

Memorials are preferred to the Jeffrey Heid Memorial Court.

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Don Russell

Don “Speedy” Russell, 68, was spared further suffering from his battle with pancreatic cancer on Dec. 27, 2011. He died surrounded by his family at St. Alexis hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Dec. 31, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant and Rev. Patrick Schumacher as con-celebrant and homilist. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Don was the son of William and Louise (Luikart) Russell born on Feb. 28, 1943, in Mandan. He was educated in Mandan and graduated from Mandan High School in 1961 and from NDSU in 1966 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and history.

He married Evey Ressler on Oct. 12, 1963, and they had one daughter, Cathi and four sons, T.J., Scott, Steven and Craig.

Don was a quintessential entrepreneur in its purest form. Through the span of his lifetime, he and Evey were involved in or started over 40 businesses. From an early age Don showed a knack “for turning a buck;” during his high school and college years Don bought and sold cars both as a profession and side interest. Upon graduating from college, Don and Evey returned to Mandan, where he began his career in sales for Midwest Motor Express. In 1968, through what Don always referred to as “love money” he and Evey with a small loan from his father began Speedy’s Tire Center in downtown Mandan. Speedy’s quickly grew to seven tire stores located throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota under his guidance. Don’s management and ownership style quickly took hold as an individual who generously included his management team as partners in the operations profits.

In 1972, Don’s father, Bill, asked him to join the family company, Cloverdale Foods, where he became the third generation to operate the company and its holdings. Under Don’s direction, Cloverdale exited its businesses and product lines in the dairy industry and began to sharpen its focus in premium processed meats and food distribution  Don’s career as CEO and chairman of Cloverdale was marked by numerous milestones and accomplishments. One of Don’s favorite stories to share with many that had the opportunity to discuss business with him was how he presented Cloverdale bacon and hotdogs to Schwan’s Home Delivery and secured their business. To this day Schwan’s continues to be one of Cloverdale’s largest accounts and Don personally managed the account for more than 20 years, his hands-on-management style and leadership is still evident in many of the companyies he was involved.

In 1987, Don lead his management team at Cloverdale to abandon their main street Mandan processing plant and build what continues to be a revered facility within its industry, in the Mandan Industrial Park adjacent its warehouse and now Cloverdale Country Store. In 1995, Don and his brother, Stephen, began the next phase of the business’ transition by selling a major subsidiary Cloverdale Food Distribution Inc., wholesale Foodservice distribution company, to Grand Forks Grocery which is now US Foodservice. During this transition, Cloverdale’s business model was drastically changed and Don turned to his oldest son, T.J., to begin leading the company into its fourth generation of family ownership.

Today Cloverdale’s products can be found on store shelves, delivered to homes, or served in restaurants, healthcare facilities and concession stands to name but a few in over 34 states and several foreign countries. One of Don’s last objectives at Cloverdale was the opening of the Cloverdale Country Store, which his son’s Craig and Steven opened in 2007. Don relocated his office adjacent to the store, and when back in North Dakota could be found in his office or “tinkering and tasting” in the store. Up until two months ago this was a daily ritual, and included Don visiting with employees and customers alike. His warm smile and positive attitude made people feel welcome and comfortable in his presence. In 2008, Don’s sons, T.J. and Scott, dedicated a line of BBQ Rib products to their father through the introduction of Russell Reserve Ribs, celebrating his love of smoked meats and BBQ.

Don remained involved in Speedy’s during his early years at Cloverdale, during the 1980s he began to sell the operations to his general managers. Don always had an affinity for businesses and throughout his life his investments spanned across food, restaurants, real estate and energy. During the ’80s and ’90s Don was the owner of Dakota Farms cafes throughout western N.D. His partner and friend in that business, Ken Lamont, succumbed to pancreatic cancer as well approximately one year ago. Additionally, Don held a number of different real estate ventures which spanned from commercial and industrial buildings in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Kansas to apartment, land development and residential home building businesses in Nevada and California. His son, Steven, was instrumental in managing the day to day operations of a development in Wendover, Nev., through a family subsidiary, DC Developers.

In 1984 Don was introduced to Loren Kopseng. Don had a vision of supplying natural gas to Cloverdale upon deregulation of the Williston Basin pipeline, and Loren was an astute entrepreneur who knew how to get things done. The two formed Rainbow Gas that same year and Loren quickly built that business into a successful natural gas marketing company. Through a related entity, Missouri River Royalty, the two began to purchase abandoned oil wells and rework them to bring them back on line. Today Loren’s son, Ryan, leads that entity and is a significant player in the exploration and development taking place in the Bakken Shale. Over the next three decades under Loren’s guidance the two would add many more companies and partners in various facets of the energy business from energy marketing, natural gas wholesale marketing and most recently crude oil marketing and transport. What started in the ’80s out of the mail room at Cloverdale Foods with two employees now boasts well over 100 employees across more than a 1/2 dozen states and Canada under the corporate umbrella of United Energy Corporation. Not only have Don and Loren maintained a partnership for nearly three decades but they developed an endeared friendship as well.

Don would often say that “the only thing better than making money was giving it away,” to Don him giving took on many forms. Don’s generosity is considered by many to be second to none. His philanthropy throughout the communities can be felt and seen at sporting events, churches and charities. Giving… was as natural to him as building and making. Leading up to his death, Don continued to give to those things that, he and Evey were proud to have been apart. Whether it was the finalization of a gift to St. Joseph in Mandan or the establishment of an education fund for his heart donor’s children… his own heart knew very few bounds.

Don is survived by his wife of 48 years, Evey, Mandan; daughter, Cathi (Jeff) Gerou, Bismarck, their children, Justin, Chris and Donald Gerou; sons, T.J. (Gina), their children, Tyler, Brock, Jaelyn and Tate, Scott, his children, Connor, Chandler and Chase, Steven, and Craig (Sheena) Russell, all of Mandan; great-grandchildren, Jayda and Westin Gerou; sister, Mary Ann (Kelly) Carlson, Bismarck; brothers, Bill Russell, Kokomo, Ind.,, Irv Russell, Grayburg, Texas, Stephen Russell, Blaine, Wash., and Rick (Claudia) Russell, Rugby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and in-laws.

The family wishes to thank the many care providers who watched over and treated Don throughout his health battles, most notably Dr. Addy, Dr. Boyle, and Dr. Sajapaul.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Trust Fund.

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Donald Schwartzbauer

Donald Schwartzbauer, 73, Mandan, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Jan. 2, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Fr. Bill Ruelle officiating. Burial will take place at a later date, as per Donald’s wishes, his body was donated to science.

Donald was born July 12, 1938, along with his twin brother, Clarence, who preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 1997. He was born in Bismarck, to Joseph and Theresa (Smith) Schwartzbauer, and was raised and educated in St. Anthony. Although Donnie suffered a stroke in November 2000, he was very proud of being as independent as possible. He was so thankful to Orville and Shirley Lee for the wonderful care they provided.

Donnie loved being a cattle trucker for 44 years, almost as much as loving life itself. He put many, many miles on his truck. He loved to tease and joke with his family, friends and grandkids. A joke pulled on someone gave him much satisfaction. He enjoyed collecting toy trucks, tractors, farm equipment, horses and anything collectable. He liked watching western movies, singing along with old time music, and spending time with friends and family. He was always good natured to everyone.

He leaves behind his two sisters, Loraine (Wally) Schwab, Minneapolis, Minn., Helen Lampe, Salisbury, Mo.; one brother, Leonard (Linda), Mandan; two sisters-in-law, Janice Schwartzbauer and Marlene Schwartzbauer; Shirley Lee and her children, Tim Hansen, Tamme (Steve) Sweringen, Terry (Stephanie) Sauers, Teddy (Gloria) Sauers; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leo, Joe, twin brother Clarence, and James; sister, Marie (Herb) Hill; brother-in-law, Wayne Lampe; and one infant sister.

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Funeral arrangements made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan