Mandan News

Obituaries July 11, 2014

Leanor Wright
Leanor WrightLeanor Wright, 89, formerly of Flasher, died June 30, 2014, at Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen.

A funeral service was held on July 5, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with the Rev. Dale Carmen officiating. Burial was at Fairhill Cemetery, Flasher. Cremation has taken place, and the family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Leanor was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Otter Creek Township in Grant County, the daughter of Arthur Sr. and Alma (Johnson) Weekes. She was educated in the Otter Creek Country School and graduated from Almont High School. On June 3, 1944, she married Oliver E. Wright at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck. Together they farmed and ranched northwest of Flasher, until moving into Flasher in 1993. Leanor taught school, drove school bus, sold Tupperware and was a waitress at Meyer’s Café, where she was also the manager for some time. Leanor was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Flasher, where she served as a council member, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher for many years. She was also a member of WELCA. Leanor was a member of the Flasher and Morton County Historical Societies and was the sexton of the Fairhill Cemetery.

A beloved mother and grandmother, the memories of Leanor will forever be cherished and her favorite saying, “Never place a period where God has placed a comma,” will always be remembered.

Blessed to have shared her life are three children, Connie (Clifford) Rossow, Flasher, Sandra Kukla, Olympia, Wash., and Everett (Loretta) Wright, Beulah; eight grandchildren, Brent (Heather) Kukla, Carman (Mark) Larson, LeAnn (Chris) Hatzenbuhler, Lacey Rossow, Jennifer (Mark) Murray, Shana (Greg) Zahn, and Johnny and Amy McCray; 11 great grandchildren, Bergin Grace Larson; Maxwell Oliver, William Johnson, and Jack Michael Kukla; Michael Christopher, Garrett Lee, Braxton James, and Brayden Carl Hatzenbuhler; Ty Murray; Dylan and Damon Zahn and Austin and Leah Chapman; one brother, Arthur Weekes, Carson; two sisters-in-laws, Bonnie Weekes, Port Angeles, Wash., and Florence Weekes, Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.

Leanor was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1997; four brothers, Alvin, Anton, Gordon, and Norman Weekes; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Helena Weekes; and infant brother, John.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen or American Lutheran Church in Flasher.

Please go to to sign the online guestbook.

Donald Hoesel
Donald HoeselDonald D. Hoesel, 72, Mandan, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2014, after a short illness.

A funeral service was held on July 10, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery, south of Mandan, with full military honors. Cremation has taken.

Donald was born on April 21, 1942, in Mandan, to Fred and Ann (Henry) Hoesel. Raised and educated in Oliver County, he graduated from Center High School in 1960. Donald went on to attend Bismarck State College and Dickinson State College. In 1964 he enlisted in the US Army, serving as a medical specialist. He was proud of his numerous medals, especially his expert rifle and sharpshooter awards.

Donald transferred to the National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1993 with the rank of Sargent. He worked for the N.D. Highway Department, and also enjoyed farming. A loving son, brother, uncle, and soul mate, Don loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and gardening. He also liked to play Bingo.

Blessed to have shared his life are his sisters, Bev Wicklund, Eagan, Minn. and Sandy Sagmiller, Mandan; nephews, John Wicklund Jr., Eagan, Minn., Scott Hagel, Vadnais Heights, Minn., and Richard Sagmiller, Mandan; his soul mate, Dawnalytah Lappegaard, Mandan; and her children Darick and Dawnalysa Lappegaard and her grandchildren; as well as countless special friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the family.

Please go to to sign the online guestbook.