Mandan News

Obituaries – March 30-April 5, 2013

Anton Fergel

Anton Fergel, 79, Mandan, died March 26, 2013, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, April 2, at St. Joseph’s Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Flasher American Legion post No. 69.

Anton was born Sept. 26, 1933, son of Nicholas & Margaret (Wingenbach) in Shields. He attended schools in Raleigh, rural Shields, St. Anthony and Selfridge.

Anton married Virginia Kopp on Feb. 4, 1961, at St. Gertrude’s Church, Raleigh. They lived on a ranch-farm west of Shields for 50 years, raising beef cattle and operated dairy for eleven years, then returned to raising beef cattle.

Anton served in the U.S. Army from October 1953 to October 1955. After his service he attended mechanics school in St. Louis, Mo.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends.

Seven children were born: Jacqueline Sanders, Bismarck, Craig Fergel, Raleigh, Judi Hurley, Bismarck, Lisa (Brad) Schell, Shields, Tammy (Joe) Homan, Bismarck, Nicholas Fergel, Bismarck, and Audrey (Steve) Fergel-McKiver, West Fargo.

They have 12 grandchildren: Chris Engelhorn, Travis Ryberg, SaCora Hopfauf, Jodi Homan, Morgan and Dylan Sabo, Mikaela and Elijah Sanders, Jarrod Hurley, Taryn and Ethan Fergel, and Jordan Kasanke.

Surviving siblings are sisters, Verna Bachmeier, Bismarck, Emma Dirk, Bismarck; and sisters-in-law, Theresa Fergel, Dorothy Fergel, Modesto, Calif., and Verna Fergel, Sand Point, Idaho.

Anton was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Gregory and Adolph Fergel; and sister, Elizabeth Loeb.

The family has asked to send memorials to the N.D. Veteran’s Cemetery or N.D. Right to Life.

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Grant Loehrke

Grant Loehrke, 85, Bismarck, formerly of Judson, died March 29, 2013, at Sanford on Sunset, Mandan.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 2, at Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Reverend Thomas R. Marcis Jr. officiating. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery, New Salem.

Grant was born July 5, 1927, to Hubert and Mamie (Nickel) Loehrke. He was born and raised on the family farm south of Judson. Graduating from New Salem High School in 1946, he served from 1948 to 1951 in the National Guard. Grant obtained his teaching certificate and taught for one year. On Oct. 5, 1951, he married Donna Purcell in Minot. In 1952 Grant and his brother, James, started Loehrke Bros. Construction. They worked in many states, building roads. Grant and Donna lived in Judson until 1983, when they moved to Fort Rice. Grant loved to fish and spent many hours on the river. To him, there wasn’t a fish he couldn’t eat. He passed on his love of fishing to the next generation by giving each grandchild their first “Snoopy” fishing pole. A talented green thumb, Grant loved to garden and always had more than he could use. He loved to raise flowers and always had apple trees in his yard. Watching the Phoenix Suns and Denver Broncos was something he enjoyed doing.

Following his retirement in 1988, he and Donna spent winters in Bullhead City, Ariz. He loved the idea that he could have a garden all year long. In 2008 Grant and Donna moved to Bismarck where he resided until entering Sanford on Sunset in December 2012 due to declining health. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, he will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 61 years, Donna Loehrke, Bismarck; five children, Donald Loehrke, Deborah Mindt, Patty (Rick) Borner, all of Bismarck, Brenda (Kevin) Borner, Washburn, and Dennis (Marlene) Loehrke, Bismarck; six grandchildren, Melissa (Shawn) Sullivan, Samantha Borner, Caitlin Borner (Ethan Wacker), Hanna Borner (Josh Hulm), Kayle Borner, and Matthew Loehrke; one great-grandchild, Ember Sullivan; six step grandchildren, Domonic, Mary, Dawson, Brandon, Bruce, and Jolene; two sisters, Joanne (Jim) Arney, St. Regis, Mont., and Joyce Mormann, Largo, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Jean Loehrke, Bismarck.

Grant was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, infant Glen, James, and Jack “Dale” (Lydia); and son-in-law, Peter Mindt.

The family prefers memorials to the Dakota Boys Ranch.

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Elsie Pryor

Elsie Ruth Pryor, 85, Mandan, died March 24, 2013, at her daughter’s residence in Hannover.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, March 27, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Russell Fitch presiding. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery following the service.

Elsie was born on Dec. 14, 1927, to Charles F. and Vera (Perry) Mehring, Sr. in Carrington. She graduated from Valley City State College in 1943 and the University of Mary in 1974. Elsie married Donald Pryor Oct. 14, 1949, in Jamestown. They farmed near Edmunds until moving to Mandan in 1965. She taught school in the rural Pingree, in a one-room school house, and later enjoyed a wonderful career as a fifth grade teacher for Christ the King Catholic School in Mandan for 25 years, retiring in 1990.

She will be deeply missed by daughters, Pamela (Robert) Bargmann, Hannover, and Jill (James) Brunsch, Buckeye, Ariz.; sons, Mark (Donna) Pryor, Omaha, Neb., and Keith (Kathy) Pryor, Pingree; grandchildren, Chad, Zachary, Kylee, Quincy, Cody, Jamie, Haley, Katie, Sandy and Grant; along with 15 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Harry Mehring, Carrington, and Jim (Marlys) Mehring, Minot.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1981; parents; and sister-in-law, June Mehring.

Memorials may be directed to Sakakawea Medical Center Hospice, 510 8th Ave NE, Hazen, ND  58545.

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Victor Ternes

Victor F. Ternes, 86, Mandan, died March 28, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, April 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery. Military honors were presented by Flasher American Legion Post No. 69.

Victor was born to Emanuel and Aurora (Miller) in Morton County Oct. 6, 1926. He was raised and educated in Raleigh and Flasher Public Schools. In 2003 Victor received an honorary diploma from Flasher High School, “graduating” with his granddaughter, Karmen.

Victor joined the U.S. Navy and was an active member from 1945 to 1947. After his service he returned home to Raleigh and worked on the farm with his father. He also drove truck for Joe Gartner.

Victor and Mary Fleck were married at St. Gertrude Catholic Church on Sept. 29, 1953. They raised four sons, Farley, Stuart, Flint, and Tracy on their farm at the foot of the Dog Tooth Hills near Raleigh.

Victor and his brothers played independent baseball and basketball for Raleigh.

Throughout his life he loved livestock; in particular, horses. After the teams of horses had been used to work the fields, they were turned out to pasture to eat and rest for the evening. As a boy one of Victor’s chores was to get up early, round up the horses again and get the teams ready to work for the day.

There were a couple of special horses in Victor’s life. One was the famous saddle bronc, Pump Handle Pete the other was a race horse, Chapters Ace. Pump Handle Pete was a main attraction for local rodeos, with many cowboys unable to make a successful ride. Victor had race horses in South Sioux City, Neb. Chapters Ace won many times.

He was a prominent promoter of the community, playing a leading role in the Raleigh Saddle Club which started the annual Raleigh Rodeo. Victor participated in the calf roping event. He also helped start the Raleigh Old-Timers Rodeo and was an active participant.

Victor organized an annual rattle snake hunt. Prizes were awarded for the most and longest snakes captured. A supper including the deep fried rattle snakes completed the day’s event.

Victor was a founder of West River Racing where horses were raced in the rough terrain of the Dog Tooth Hills. West River Racing held Calcutta betting with charitable contributions made to many local organizations.

Victor announced the Raleigh Fourth of July parade for many years.

Victor worked for a few years at the Prairie Learning Center as Security. He retired in 2009 from farming and moved to Mandan.

This special man will be dearly missed and will always be remembered for his humorous, outgoing personality and his loving devotion to family, friends and his community. Victor was especially proud of his grandchildren, as he watched them grow up and play sports in school.

Victor will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary; sons, Farley (Cindy), Flasher, Stuart (Tammy), Bismarck, Flint (Francisco Revelorio), Los Angeles, Calif.; brother, Roger, Los Angeles; five grandchildren, Kyle (Becky) Ternes, Karmen (Brad) Steffan, Hatti Ternes, Jess Ternes and Lexi Ternes; and one great-grandchild, Jackson Ternes.

Victor was preceded in death by son, Tracy; sisters, Isabel and Hildegard; and brothers, Dee, Matt, Vernon, Peter, William, and baby Peter.

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William Weber

William R. “Bill” Weber, Sr., 73, Mandan, died March 27, 2013, peacefully with his family by his side.

Services were held on Tuesday, April 2, at Cornerstone Community Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Keith Ritchie officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW No. 1326.

Bill was born March 6, 1940, in Mandan, to Fred and Delores (Daniels) Weber. He was raised and educated in Mandan.

Bill joined the Marine Corps in August 1957 and served until 1960. He was very proud to serve his country. He was stationed in Southern California and Okinawa, Japan.

He then attended Dickinson State and graduated with a Bbachelor’s degree. Bill married JoAnn Kaip in 1962. They were blessed with four children, William R. Jr., Taunie, Lori and Darrell. He taught social studies at New Town High School from 1967 to 1979. Whenever you would mention his name, he was considered everyone’s favorite teacher.

Bill was employed with Amoco Oil Mandan Refinery from 1980 until his retirement in 1998. During his retirement he enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife, Dorothy, of 23 yrs.

When Bill and Dorothy (Kraft Whitman) were united in marriage Sept. 2, 1989, Delanie and Daphne were added to his family.

Bill was an active member of the Elks for 49 years. He enjoyed working as the doorman at the Bismarck Elks since he loved to visit with people. He was also a member of the Refinery Retirees and the Cornerstone Church. He loved to travel and spend time with his family. He took many fishing trips to Canada and Alaska. He never passed up an opportunity to go fishing, especially with his family, wherever he could drop a line. Bill was an avid Packer fan for over 50 years, or whoever played the Vikings. Bill was skilled at woodcarving, oil painting (mostly landscapes) and woodworking. His specialty was making diamond willow canes.

His great pride was being with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He made the holidays special for everyone. His legacy of love, sense of humor and laughter is carried in the hearts and lives of all who knew and loved Bill.

Bill will be deeply missed by his wife, Dorothy; son, William R. Jr. (Charlene), Silver Lake, Wis.; daughters, Taunie (James) Leppell, Keene, Lori Moore, Bismarck; son, Darrell (Sheenah), Sand Springs, Okla.; daughters, Delanie (Jerry) Anderson, Bismarck, Daphne (Jon) Davis, Mandan; brother, Henry C. (Karen), Mandan; sister, Dorothy (Dot) Brunsvold, Morrison, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Daniel (Georgia) and Jessie Leppell, Chelsey and Brady Weber, Dee Ann and Grant Davis, Alexus and Kyra Anderson, Montana and Noah Davis; three great-grandchildren, Lukas and William Leppell, Parker Weber; four step grandchildren, Clint, April, Holly, Travis; 5five step great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Lillian Kraft; and his beloved dog, Joker.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Annette Weber; and nephew, Henry Weber Jr.

The family has asked to send memorials to American Heart Association, Disabilities Association or American Cancer Society.

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