Mandan News

Obituaries – June 2-8, 2012

Dustin Bauer

Dustin D. Bauer, 35, Mandan, died of natural causes June 1, 2012, at St Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, June 5, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Kenneth Phillips as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Dustin was born on March 22, 1977, to Douglas H. and Florence M. (Bullinger) in Bismarck. He attended Mandan High School.

A highlight of Dustin’s childhood was going camping and fishing with his family on weekends at Wolf Creek. Dustin believed that you need to try something once or you’ve never lived. This adventurous spirit led him to hitchhike across the United States before he was 18 years old. Dustin could learn a skill by watching someone skilled in that particular field. He then applied his skills to anything anyone needed help with; this included electrical, carpentry and mechanical jobs. Dustin was a very affectionate man especially towards his family and friends. His nephew, Ben, and niece, Brittany, were very special to him, he enjoyed spending time with them. He was so proud to be the godfather of Ben.

Dustin will be deeply missed by his parents, Douglas H. and Florence Bauer, Mandan; brother, Daren (Sara) Bauer, Andover, Minn.; niece, Brittany; nephew, Ben; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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Della Belohlavek

Della V. Belohlavek, 92, Mandan, died June 1, 2012, at the Medcenter One Mandan Care Center off Collins.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, June 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Della was born on Sept.7, 1919, at New Leipzig. She was the daughter of Joseph and Alma (Perterla) Sterna. Della worked side by side with her husband, Gus, growing the family business, Belohlavek Truck Line. Della was a stay-at-home mother who not only helped in the business but raised seven children while growing a huge garden and providing area restaurants with fresh spring chickens. Della and Gus had the love of fishing between them and had many fishing adventures with family along the banks of the Missouri. Her greatest pride was being with her family and grandchildren. She’ll be remembered for her grace, sweet disposition, the love of people and life, which stayed with her until the end.

Della is survived by her son, Jan (Marla), Mandan; daughters, Jean (Ken) Shugg, Aurora, Colo., Janet (Richard) Elkin, Bismarck, Bernice (Ray) Schaff, Mandan, Mavis (Wayne) Wahl, Gilbert, Ariz.; grandchildren, Dean (Lori) Weissman, Colorado Springs, Colo., Tom (Whitney) Weissman, Aurora, Barry Weissman, Denver, Colo., Steve (Barb) Sauter, Collidge, Ariz., Terri Tripodi, Phoenix, Ariz., Brenda Sessa, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Mark (Shelly) Ciavarella, Eustis, Fla., Bradley (Karol) Ciavarella, Mitchell, S.D., Jaden Ciavarella, Minnesota, Gayle Ciavarella (special friend, Randy Cermak), Lisa (Greg) Kruckenberg, Mandan, Raymond Schaff, Bismarck, Greg Schaff, Mandan, Jeff (Rinette) Schaff, Sumner, Wash., John (Michele) Ehlis, Mandan, Randy (Cathy) Ehlis, Mandan, Tracy (Gene) Auch, Phymouth, Wis., Amber (Mike) Sylvester, Kellogg, Minn., Stacey (Phill) Sjoberg, Mandan, Justin Belohlavek, Mandan; 42 great-grandchildren; and 28 great-great-grandchildren.

Della was preceded in death by husband; her parents; daughters, Betty (Joe) Ciavarella, Marge (John) Ehlis; grandsons, Todd Ehlis, Dustin Wahl; great-grandson, Derek Ciavarella; great-great-grandson, Mason Schaff; brothers, Arnold, Bernie, Donald, Melvin, Fred and Harvey; and sisters, Donna and Ardis.

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Adolph Kopp

Adolph Francis Kopp was welcomed by angels on May 26, 2012, at the age of 83.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandan on Monday, June 4. Interment was at the North Dakota VA Cemetery.

Adolph (Junior) Kopp was the loving and cherished father of three daughters: Mary Kopp and Winnie (Randy) Warner of Cedar City, Utah, and Patricia (Terence) Cooper of Centralia, Wash.; and two sons, Adolph (Karen) Kopp of Gilbert, Ariz., and Edward (Shari) Kopp of Glendale, Ariz. Grandpa Adolph was admired and adored by 30 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Adolph was born in Mandan, the third of 12 children born to Adolph and Cecilia (Rix) Kopp. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served his country honorably for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his unaccompanied tours of duty at Ton Son Nhut AFB (Saigon, Viet Nam) and Goose Bay, Labrador, he served many other tours, always with his bride, Winnifred “Winnie” (Sullivan) Kopp and children by his side, including Wheelus AFB (Tripoli, Lybia), Kadena AFB (Okinawa, Japan) and bases across our nation, from coast to coast. After military retirement, Adolph completed a second career with the City of Chandler in Arizona.

Adolph enjoyed life, especially fishing, gold panning, waltzing, fixing cars, playing poker and the music of Johnny Cash. He was a compassionate and sensitive soul, and he will be missed by everyone who was blessed to know him.

Adolph is survived by his children, his brothers, Henry J and Stanley “Butch” Kopp of Billings, Mont.; and sisters, Patricia (Ronald) Fletcher of West Jordan, Utah, and Caroline Matthews of Billings, Mont.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Winnifred Kopp; his parents, Adolph and Cecilia (Rix) Kopp; brothers, Joseph and Frederick (Fritz) Kopp; and sisters, Margaret Pendill, Cecelia “Deeds” Bohe, Louise Kopp, Angeline Ibarra and Mary Pendill.

Family members wish to express deep gratitude to the caretakers and volunteers at the Emerald Pointe Assisted Living Center and the Utah Hospice Specialists, for the love and care they gave Adolph over the last few years of his precious life.

Arrangements handled by Southern Utah Mortuary and Weigle Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to


John PrettyBear

John Timothy PrettyBear, 74, Cannonball, died May 28, 2012, at his home near Cannonball.

Gravesite services were held on Friday, June 1, at Prettybear Family Cemetery near Cannonball, with Reverend Marlon Hunte officiating. Pallbearers were Bruce W. McAllister, Miles L. McAllister, John S. PrettyBear, Drew Reddogg, Kenny Gullickson and Edmund Fasthorse.

John was born on May 6, 1938, to John and Ida (Barrel) PrettyBear in Cannonball.

John Timothy PrettyBear spent his life enjoying the presence of his family while playing his guitar and piano. John had a love for reading and working with horses. He was a quiet person but enjoyed his occupation as a Farm Hand in the Agriculture industry.

John will be deeply missed by his nephews, Bruce W. PrettyBear, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Miles L. McAllister, Cannonball; niece, Brenda K. (PrettyBear) Reddog, Cannonball; grand nephews, John S. PrettyBear, Lance L. McAllister, Christopher McAllister, Clint McAllister and Clay McAllister; and many other close relatives and friends of Old Cannonball.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ida (Barrel) PrettyBear; sisters, Katherine B. and Frieda N. PrettyBear; brothers, John and Benjamin; and his grandniece, Faye Marie McAllister.

Special thanks to all who remember Timothy and the family.

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Paul Stein

Paul D. Stein, 73, Minot, passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at his residence, following a lengthy illness, with his loving family by his side.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 7, at Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot. Burial took place at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Paul was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Mandan, the son of John V. and Margaret (Boehm) Stein. Paul joined the North Dakota National Guard Army Reserve and later joined the U.S. Air Force, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 30, 1961. Paul was working at the Minot Air Force Base fire station upon retiring in January 1999, after serving 32 years of federal service.

He married Judith Schultz on Sept. 6, 1958, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandan. They have two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, and a daughter, Deborah.

Paul was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot. He loved to fish and pheasant hunt. He enjoyed boating, camping and campfires. He went to Alaska to fish in August to finish his “Bucket List.”

Paul is survived by his wife, Judith Stein, Minot; sons, Michael Stein, Minot, and Jeffrey Stein, Fargo; daughter, Deborah Stein, Minot; sister, Ann Frank, Dickinson; sister-in-law, Mary Stein, Mandan; granddaughters, Margaret Sharp, Michigan, Mariah and Alexah Stein, Fargo; and grandson, Jeffrey S. Stein, Minot.  Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Robert and Daniel Stein.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Little Flower Catholic Church, Trinity Kidney Dialysis Unit, or Trinity Hospice; all in Minot.