Mandan News

Obituaries – January 5-11, 2013

Diane Bullinger-Bolte

Diane Bullinger-Bolte, 56, Mandan, died Dec. 28, 2012, at Craig Hospital in Engelwood, Colo.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Jan. 7, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Msgr. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Diane was born Nov. 4, 1956, to Jack and Frances (Thomas) Bullinger in Bismarck. Working as a construction laborer carried Diane to Tappen, where she worked until moving back to Bismarck in 2010. In August 2012 while working for Acme Road Construction as a flag person near New Town, Diane suffered a brain injury after being struck by a vehicle in the construction zone. She was in a Colorado hospital getting rehabilitation at the time of her death.

Visiting with people and being outdoors were activities that brought Diane much joy. She especially liked gardening and tending to her flowers. Shopping with her mom was another hobby that Diane enjoyed.

Diane will be remembered fondly and deeply missed by her sons, Larry (Tandi) Roemmich, Douglas, Daniel Ledoux, Belcourt, Rodney Belgum, Mandan; mother, Frances Bullinger, Mandan; sister, Sharlene Mayer, Dickinson; brother, Allen Bullinger, Mandan; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; special friends, Deb and Tim Buckwitz; and her pets, Toby and Tica.

Diane was preceded in death by her father, Jack Bullinger, who passed away in 2010.

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Donald Stanton

Donald Stanton, 74, Mandan, died Jan. 4, 2013, at his home.

Cremation has taken place and a committal service was held on Monday, Jan. 7, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Donald was born May 11, 1938, in Whiting, Ind., to Robert and Esther (Galles) Stanton. Raised in Casper, Wyo., he later moved with his family to Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1956. Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955 and served as a jet aircraft servicer at the Naval Air Base in Adak, Alaska. Honorably discharged in 1959, he returned home to Mandan, where he worked as a yardmaster for BNSF Railroad for over 40 years.

Don enjoyed fishing, golfing, artifact hunting, following sports, and spending time with his beloved dog, Kola. Following his retirement, Don embraced technology, learning many new things and liked to surf the internet. He was very selfless and giving, always willing to help out and give whatever he could.

Don will be remembered as a fun loving man with a witty sense of humor who liked giving friends a hard time.

Blessed to have shared his life are two daughters, Jodene (Ricky) Hughes, Spruce Pine, N.C., and Kelly (Tim) Collins, Olympia, Wash.; four grandchildren, Wendy, Heather, Chandler, and Austyn; two great-grandchildren, Brenden and Donovan; two sisters, Patti Menard, San Diego, Calif., and Toni Stanton, Mandan; three brothers, Bob Stanton, Golden Valley, Minn., Jack Stanton, San Diego, Calif., and Mike Stanton, Castle Rock, Colo.; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Kola.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Ted in 2012; sister, Lois Brow; and brother, Bill Stanton.

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Olga Vogelpohl

Olga M. Vogelpohl, 94, Mandan, passed away Jan. 1, 2013, at the Bismarck Baptist Home.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Mandan United Methodist Church with Reverend Bruce Adams officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Olga Maria Vogelpohl was born March 1, 1918, to Wilhelm and Regina (Weisz) Ziegler on the family farm near Hebron. Raised on the family farm, Olga attended Hebron schools and after graduating from Hebron High School, attended Dakota Business College in Fargo, graduating in 1937. In the fall of 1937, Olga moved to Mandan and was employed with the Mandan Beverage Company for 12 years, followed by employment for several years with Klein Motor Sales and with the Mandan Hospital. Olga married Earl Vogelpohl on Oct. 26, 1946, and together they owned and operated the Vogelpohl Refrigeration Service, the Vogelpohl Apartments, and the Quick Clean Center Self-Service Laundry. In 1964, Olga became employed with the City of Mandan, being appointed Mandan city treasurer, and also later serving as deputy city auditor. She retired from the City of Mandan in 1979. During the early years of her retirement, she traveled both in the United States and abroad. Her overseas’ trips took her to many countries, including Germany, England, China, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia.

Olga was a longtime member of the Mandan United Methodist Church and was very active, serving as treasurer for several years, working with the United Methodist Women’s organization, and singing in and also directing the church choir. She was also active with the Dakota Methodist Builders’ Club and served as its treasurer for several years.

Olga was an avid sports fan, especially of Mandan American Legion baseball and Mandan High School boys and girls basketball, and was a regular in attendance at these events. An avid bowler in local leagues, Olga competed in many local and state tournaments. Her over 30-year bowling career culminated in 1994 with her induction into the Bismarck-Mandan Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

Olga loved playing cards, especially the game of bridge. She greatly enjoyed the companionship of her fellow card players and the long friendships she had with them.

Always a farm girl at heart, Olga remained close to her roots, and very much cherished the family God gave her. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Kathy Vogelpohl of Bismarck; son and daughter-in-law, Lyle and Audrey Vogelpohl of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Martin (Katie) Knoll of Bismarck, and Ella (Darrell) Engelking and Larry Vogelpohl of Seattle; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Marley Knoll, Scott and Annette Smith, Kyle and Erin Vogelpohl, Heather Russell, and Seth Johnston; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Olga was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl, who passed away in 1972; her brother, Lenhart Ziegler; and sisters, Elsie Ziegler and Erna Saxowsky.

Memorials are preferred to the Mandan United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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