Mandan News

Obituaries June 20, 2014

Evelyn Phelps
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Evelyn R. Bender Phelps, 78, Mandan, died June 21, 2014, at Sanford Continuing Care Center in Mandan after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Funeral Services were held on June 25, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with the Rev. Gene Lindermann officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Evelyn was born Aug. 6, 1935, into a family of 12 brothers and sisters, south of St. Anthony, to George and Emma (Stein) Bender. She attended school in St. Anthony, graduating on May 26, 1950.
After graduating, Evelyn worked as a nanny for six years in Mandan. She moved to Bismarck and began working for St. Alexius Medical Center as a kitchen aide. During that time, she met her future husband, Albert, and moved to Altus, Okla., where they were married and began their family. They moved back to Mandan in 1962, where she started working for the Townhouse Motor Inn, currently the Kelly Inn.

For the next ten years, she was a homemaker, before returning to the workforce. In 1972 she was employed by the State Capitol as an elevator operator. She went up and down for many years ,where she enjoyed greeting people before her retirement in 1996. Evelyn and her family were very musically talented. She loved listening and dancing to music, including country, jazz, rock-n-roll and Elvis.
Blessed to have shared Evelyn’s life are her daughters, Janice Phelps, Bismarck and Laura (Chuck) Swiftbird, Bismarck; grandchildren, Nicholas (Mindy) Phelps, Bismarck, Casey Phelps, Bismarck and Jackie Swiftbird, Bismarck; step-grandchildren, Isereal Swiftbird, Bismarck and Isaac Swiftbird, Whispering Pines, N.C.; sister, Delores Scott, Miles City, Mont.; brothers, Clarence (Millie) Bender, Billings, Mont., Kenneth (Wynetta) Bender, Billings, Mont. and sister, Nettie (Dennis) Braun, Mandan and daughter-in-law, Juanita Phelps, Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Cecilia Bender, Isabel Bender, Vangie Bender and Margie Bender.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her daughter, Victoria Ann Phelps; son, Michael DuWayne Phelps; grandson, Tobias Michael Phelps; daughter-in-law, Beverly Marie Christianson Phelps; her parents, George and Emma Bender; brothers, Leonard (Annie) Bender, Leo Bender, Urban Bender, Vernon Bender and Gary Bender; sisters, Paulette Bender, Irene (Eugene) Schantz, Stella (Otto) Eisenbarth and Phyllis (Marvin) Burkes.

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Richard Maier
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Richard E. Maier, 87, Bismarck, died June 15, 2014, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Services were held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Dave Swonger officiating. Burial was at the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Military Honors were provided by the Bismarck VFW Post no. 1326.

Richard was born on Dec. 16, 1926, to Phillip and Lydia (Klein) Maier in Mott.

He was raised and educated in the Mott area. Richard entered the military June of 1945, and served until January of 1946. He married Doris Langshaw on July 28, 1950, in Bismarck.

Richard worked for Capital Electric Cooperative, having started as a Lineman, and at his retirement in 1989, he was a supervisor. He was a reserved man that put his family above all else. He enjoyed family gatherings during the holidays and special occasions. He also enjoyed growing flowers and vegetables, which he would generously share with everyone. Richard liked playing pinochle, woodworking and in his earlier years, camping and fishing.

Richard will be deeply missed by his daughters, Mary Jane Maier, Donna (Chris) Frey, Deborah Koch, Phyllis Lilly, Janet (Brian) Wallace, Patricia (Brett) Behm all of Bismarck; son Phillip of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 14 grandchildren 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Leona (Leo) Baesler, New Leipzig, and Alvina Kautz, New Leipzig; brothers, John Maier, New Leipzig; sister-in-law, Diane Maier, Mott.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; son-in-law Frank Koch; sisters, Alma Bierwagon, Martha Wolf, Hilda Golke and Lydia Luithle and brother, Alvin Maier.

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