Mandan News

Obituaries – June 9-15, 2012

Joseph Glass

Joseph “Joe” Glass, 69, Mandan, died June 2, 2012, at his residence in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, June 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery.

Joseph was born on June 6, 1942, to Michael and Mary (Lipp) Glass in Solen. In 1961, Joseph enlisted in the U.S. Army. He married Alvina Bonogofsky on Oct. 27, 1962, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan. In 1976 Joseph started Glass Construction.

Joe had many hobbies of which included coin collecting, fishing, watching John Wayne and Gabby Hayes westerns and going to the casino. Alvina and Joe enjoyed dancing, and they often danced at the Mandan Eagles Club on Saturday nights. They especially loved to travel and traveled together, visiting relatives throughout the United States. Family was very important to Joe, and special memories were made during holiday events especially Christmas.

Joseph will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Alvina; daughters, Sherry Lynn (Allan) Moos, Mandan, Lisa Glass, Mandan, and Nicole Glass, Osakis, Minn.; sons, Joe (Paula), Mandan, and Craig (Janell), Bismarck; nine grandchildren, McKayla Moos, Travis Glass, Brianna Herman, Kody Glass, Morgan Herman, Taylor Glass, Cole Glass, Aiden Glass, Kartsen Radermacher; one great-grandchild, Peyton Glass; sisters, Luella Swoboda, Portland, Ore., and Darlene (Jerry) Horner, Bismarck; and brothers, Ray (Lola), Kenny and Butch (Nancy), all of Bismarck.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Abe, Gene, Marvin; and in Michael Lueder

Michael James Lueder, 45, Mandan, died June 9, 2012, at Medcenter One, Bismarck. Services were held on Wednesday, June 13, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Kenneth Phillips as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Mike was born Oct. 1, 1966, to James and Joan (Holzer) Lueder in Mobridge, S.D. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1984 and from Bismarck Junior College’s auto mechanics program in 1987. Mike married Gay Lynn Madler on April 5, 1991, and they made their home in Mandan and later west of Mandan with their two sons.

Mike worked in mechanical maintenance jobs, including at CamBar/Warner Industrial Supply, Bismarck, and later at Mandan Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mike enjoyed the Western lifestyle and traveled the state as a bull rider during high school. He continued to enjoy attending rodeos and especially loved to be behind the chutes mentoring his son and other young riders.

Mike was proud of his sons and loved spending time with them. He was a favorite uncle, known for lavishing attention and a little teasing on his many nieces and nephews. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his dogs. Mike was an excellent cook and especially liked to prepare Christmas dinner, which was his favorite holiday.

Mike is survived by his wife, Gay Lynn, Mandan; sons, Anthony James, Mandan, and Christian Jacob, Mandan; parents, James and Joan Lueder, Mandan; brother, Jason (Laura) Lueder, Mandan; grandmother, Isabelle Holzer, Gillette, Wyo.; uncles, Jim Maher, Morristown, S.D., and Joe (Peggy) Holzer, Bismarck; aunt, Jean (Bill) Veal, Gillette; parents-in-law, Elmer and Alvina Madler, Mandan; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gail (Reese) Berg, Mandan, Cyndi (Terry) Halstengard, Mandan, Cheryl (Kenny) Kostelecky, Dickinson, Kathy (Bob) Hoff, Leith, Kim (Jamie) Kleinknecht, Mandan, and Trevor (Kayla) Madler, Cheyenne, Wyo.; special friends, Ken and Lucy Berreth, Bismarck, and Koni Berreth, Rapid City, S.D.; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Mike also will be missed by his dogs, Cody and Charlie.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Otto and Helen Lueder and John Holzer; and his aunt, Darlene Maher.

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Joe was a kind and generous man who never turned away a person in need, an excellent provider and loving husband, father and grandfather. He had an infectious laugh and smile to warm your heart. Joe was loved by everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed.


Alfred Hoffman

Alfred “Al” Hoffman, 65, Mandan, died June 6, 2012, at his residence.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, June 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Al was born on April 6, 1947, to Timothy and Katie (Kary) Hoffman, Sr., in Bismarck. He was raised and educated in Fort Yates, graduating from Fort Yates High School in 1965. Al helped his dad on the farm after graduation. Al married the love of his life, Marlene Kraft, on July 8, 1967, at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Selfridge. Al and Marlene moved to Mandan after their marriage, where they raised their family. He worked for Dakota Ready Mix and Bis-Man Transit until his retirement in May 2007.

Al enjoyed working with his hands doing woodworking; he especially liked making birdhouses, which he would give away. His family was very important to him and he loved holidays, especially Christmas, when the family would gather together. Al liked playing cards and was fond of the dice game Farkle.

Al will be deeply missed by his wife of 45 years, Marlene; daughters, Denise (Jeff) Christensen, Mandan, and Mary (Nate) Schlag, Bismarck; sons, Joseph of Mandan, and David of Almont; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and another on the way; sisters, Agnes (Joe) Heck, Baker City, Ore., and Ann (Ray) Ternes, Portland, Ore.; brother, Harold (Lyla) Hoffman, Fargo; sisters-in-law, Catherine Hoffman, Aberdeen, S.D., and Dorothy Hoffman, Mandan; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his special friend, his dog Shadow.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Eleanor Horning; and brothers, Ed, Steve, Ben and Tim, Jr.


James Ramey

James “Jim” Ramey was born in Shields in 1932, the year of the big flood. He passed peacefully, surrounded by those he loved on May 28, 2012.

A graveside service was held on June 4 at Eastlawn Sierra Hills. A memorial service was at Arcade Church on June 11.

Jim moved to Sacramento during the Great Depression as his family sought work. He is a graduate of Grant High School and Sacramento State University, from which he also earned his master’s degree in multicultural studies. Jim invested his life in others as a coach, teacher and mentor. In 1969 Jim was chosen as Baseball Coach of the Year. He opened Ramey’s House of Sports in 1969, in a spare bedroom so he could ensure that children could play ball even though they lacked equipment.

Jim retired from the Grant School District in 1992 after many successful years. He mentored many people in athletics, 7th step and music. Jim loved to sing, and performed with the Sacramento Capitolaires Barbershop Chorus for 45 years.

Papa Jim will forever be cherished by his bride of nearly 60 years, Eunice Dugger Ramey; and his children, Jay Ramey and Jane Dickey (Ramey). Ed Dickey and Melissa Ramey were embraced as son-in-law and daughter-in-law. His loved is passed down to his grandchildren, Sarah and Jessica Ramey, and James (JJ) and Christa Dickey. Al Ramey and Ramona Black share his memories as loving brother and sister. He will be greeted in heaven by his Mother and Father, Pearl and Howard Ramey. To all those whose life he touched, he will be missed.

In Lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to Harmony Foundation International c/o James Ramey Memorial Fund, or honor his memory by sponsoring a child in baseball. Overheard in heaven: “Hey, Coach is here! We can start the game.”


Ruby Williams

Ruby Williams, 76, Mandan, died June 8, 2012, at her home.

A funeral service was held on Monday, June 11, at Mandan United Methodist Church, with Reverend Steve C. Johnson officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Ruby was born May 17, 1936, near Pekin, the daughter of Sidney and Mildred (Ensrude) Hoiberg. She graduated from Pekin High School. On May 31, 1955, she married Jerry Williams at her family home. Ruby and Jerry lived in many different places in North Dakota, settling in Mandan after retirement.

Ruby enjoyed giving gifts to everyone, getting together with relatives and having coffee with her friends. She also loved to wear hats. Ruby deeply loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Ruby is survived by her daughter, Sherry Jean (Wayne) Harkins of Hiram, Ga.; her sons, Virgil Sidney Williams of Mandan, and Kelvin Mark (Kelly) Williams of Bismarck; five grandchildren, Jonathan Mark (Stephanie) Williams, Jordan Michael Williams, Jennifer Katlin Erhardt, Carolyn Marie Erhardt, and Katherine Rose Erhardt; two brothers, Sherman Jean (Donna) Hoiberg, Fargo, and Larry Duane (Ellen) Hoiberg, Grand Forks; and two sisters, Idell Renae (Vernon) Hovdenes, Tolna, and Linda Louise Hoiberg, Gig Harbor, Wash.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 2, 2010; an infant son and daughter; and her parents.

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