Mandan News

Obituaries – June 1-7, 2013

Jonathan Hagestuen

Jonathan Richard Hagestuen, 45, Gaston, S.C., formerly of Mandan, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, surrounded by his friends.

Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8. Burial will be at the Heart River Cemetery southwest of Mandan.

Jonathan was born Dec. 28, 1967, in Fargo. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1986 and Concordia College in 1990 with a degree in economics. Despite serious health issues, Jon managed to work in various jobs over the years, always in areas related to caring for others. He had a strong Christian faith and truly strove to serve “the least of these.”

Jon lived his life to the fullest. He loved motorcycles, scuba diving, gardening, animals, and most of all people. He was active in Lion’s Club and Scouting. He loved to visit with anyone and everyone.

He is survived by his parents, Richard and Vernie Hagestuen, Bismarck, and Don and Karin (Noren) DeLorme, Chaska, Minn.; two sisters, Dawn (Robert) Fix, Mandan, Kirsten (Oak) Reile of Fargo; four brothers, Johan (Samantha) Hoff, Thornton, Penn., Erick Hoff, Ellsworth, Wis., Michael Delorme, Sweet Home, Ore., Danniel (Trisha) DeLorme, Big Sandy, Texas; five sisters, Rebecca (DeLorme) Rogers, Belgium, Kristin Hoff, New Brighton, Minn., Rachel DeLorme, Minneapolis, Minn., Marthah DeLorme, Colorado, Deborah ( Mike) Kelly, Mo.; five nephews, Brian (Katie Linstad) Fix, Fargo, Samuel (Jessica) Reile, Grand Forks, Benjamin (Desiree) Reile, Bemidji, Minn., Jed (Courtney) Reile, Medora; three nieces, Beth (Tony) Anderson, Colfax, Megan Fix, Renton, Wash., Grace Reile, Alexandria, Minn; and many grand nephews and nieces.

He was attended to at his death by his special earthly angels, Jimmy and Janet Jeffers, Gaston, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; two infant siblings; and many other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Ruth Meiers House.

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Wilmer Kruckenberg

Wilmer “Willie” D. Kruckenberg, 81, Mandan, died May 27, 2013, at his residence.

Services were held on Friday, May 31, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Ryan Wolfe officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Willie D. Kruckenberg was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Stanton, to Fred and Katie (Horning) Kruckenberg. At a young age, Willie married Esther Mittelsteadt on June 4, 1948, in Stanton. During the early years of their marriage, Willie was a truck driver, but with no seniority, worked few hours. He was very resourceful and always provided for his family. Willie and Esther moved around early on, living in California and Bismarck before settling down in Mandan in 1965. Once he achieved seniority, Willie had plenty of work. He drove truck for Don Dugan for 30 years before retiring.

Athletic throughout his entire life, Willie enjoyed running in foot races, a challenge he would usually win. He also played baseball in Stanton as a center fielder and second baseman. Willie loved the outdoors. Fishing, camping and archery were his favorites. An accurate shot with his bow and arrow, Willie was a member of the Mandan Archery Club, even serving as secretary. Playing steel guitar for parties and barn dances was also something he excelled at. Willie was a master craftsman. You could find him sitting at his turning lath creating beautiful woodwork.

Willie will be deeply missed by his wife, Esther; daughter, Linda Harm; sons, Wayne W. (Patti), and Rick R. (Debbra), all of Mandan; Ron D. (Kathy), Bismarck; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Ed, Mandan.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Erna Bowls and Freda Kruckenberg; and an infant brother, Mel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Mandan.

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