Mandan News

Obituaries – July 27-Aug. 2, 2013

Alfred Black

Alfred L. Black, 82, passed away July 25, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Memorial services were held on Tuesday, July 30, at the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, Canon City, Colo.

The son of Alvin G. and Zella A. (Gibbs) Black, Alfred was born May 25, 1931, in Salida, Colo. Alfred married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine Brady, on June 15, 1952.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Alfred served from 1955 to 1957 in Korea.

A testament to how Alfred showed his concern for his local community, he served as a volunteer fire fighter in Sidney, Mont., for 18 years. He was a longstanding member of the BPO Elks club and an Exalted Leader.

Alfred Black served the U.S. government for 40 years as a soil scientist for the USDA. After graduation with his master’s degree from Colorado State University, he was stationed in Sidney until 1979. During that time he became a leading researcher, provided basic and applied technical information about crop residue management for improving water conservation, crop water-use efficiencies and controlling soil erosion. In 1979, Alfred became the director of the Northern Great Planes Research Center located in Mandan, where he continued until his retirement in 1993.

Al was known for his ability to speak not only to the scientific community but also to the farmers that were out in the field. He was proud of this ability and how important it was to get the information to those who were doing the work every day of feeding our country and others.

Alfred’s research led him to become recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in dry land agriculture. He consulted not only throughout the U.S. but also in the former USSR, Australia, Canada and India.

Through his career he had the opportunity to travel and help other countries with difficulties they were facing. He was also recognized for research and leadership activities by his peers, multiple companies, and U.S. Federal Agencies for his body of work. Some of his awards include: Certificates of Merit for Special Services in 1967, 1989 and 1990; Outstanding Performance Cash Award in 1992; Peer recognition Fellow Awards SWCSA and ASA; and user group awards by NASA, North Dakota Wheat Producers Association, Prairie Chapter of NAMA, GP-2 Conservation Tillage Task Force, and the NDASCD.

Alfred was an avid bowler, horseshoe player, gardener, and loved to spend time up at the family ranch hunting, fishing, and tending to the land.

Mr. Black is survived by his wife, Jerry; and daughters, Michelle Black and Maria Black.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Black; his parents; and brother, Frank L. Black.

The family asks that any memorials be directed to The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University Foundation, 410 University Services Center, Fort Collins, Colo. 80523, phone 970-491-7135, or to American Lung Association in Colorado, Denver, 5600 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village, Colo. 80111-2316, phone 303-388-4327.

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Jody Cafourek

Jody Lynn Cafourek, 53, Mandan, died July 26, 2013, at Sanford Continuing Care Center off Collins, Mandan.

Services were held on Monday, July 29, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Ron Hildahl officiating. Burial was on Wednesday, July 31, at Britton Cemetery in Britton, S.D.

Jody Lynn Litch was born on March 21, 1960, in Veblen, S.D., the daughter of Warren and Donna (Hughes) Litch. Jody was raised and educated in Veblen. Jody married Frank Cafourek on May 4, 1988 in Watertown, S.D.

Jody had a wonderfully colorful personality. She loved to have fun and joke around with people; giving every person she knew a nickname. Jody enjoyed listening to all types of music. She loved cats and playing bingo, where she would use the quarter she won to buy a Diet Coke.

Jody will be fondly remembered by her sister, Cheryl (Greg) Pollert, Mandan; her niece, Miranda Cox; and nephew, Talbott Pollert.

Jody was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers.

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Austin Friesz

Austin James Friesz earned his angel wings after a brave battle with Sturge-Weber Syndrome.

Friesz, who was born on July 12, 2012, passed away on July 23, 2013. Austin brought joy to thousands and will be dearly missed. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 27, at the Church of St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Interment was at St. Patrick’s church cemetery.

Austin is survived by loving parents, Justin and Crystal; adoring sister, Chloe; grandparents, James and Judy Friesz, Bruce and Jen Meagher, Lisa and Kevin Solberg; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.


Donald Sturn

Donald J. Sturn, 81, Mandan, died July 26, 2013, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, July 30, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Inurnment was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, with military honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Donald (Don) Sturn was born May 28, 1932, in Crown Butte, the son of Harry and Minnie (Schaner) Sturn. Don served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956. Upon his return from the Navy he married Rose Leingang on Oct. 3, 1956, at St. Anthony.

Don worked for the City of Mandan for 36 years until his retirement in 1997. He was also a very generous man, volunteering with the Mandan Fire Department and Meals on Wheels. He was a dedicated 3rd and 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He devoted many hours to the Knights as an officer, degree team, rosaries and many other functions. Don was an active member in St. Joseph’s Parish, where you would frequently see him serving as an usher.

Traveling was a high point for Don and Rose before and after his retirement. They have been to Europe, Thailand, Australia, all 50 states and took many cruises. Don and Rose spent winters in the Gulf Shores area, where Don liked to golf and go fishing. This special man will be dearly missed and will always be remembered for his loving devotion to family, friends and community.

Left with many fond memories of Don are his wife, Rose, Mandan; son, David (Dawn), Florence, Minn.; grandchildren, Tony and Dustin Barber; sister, Monica Horning, Arleta, Calif.; brothers, Edward, Salem, Ore., and Richard (Lillian), Bismarck; sisters-in-law, Darlene (Hilbert) Hohbein, and Bernadette (Mike) Schaff, both of Mandan; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles; and sister-in-law, Inez.

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