Mandan News

Obituaries – May 11-17, 2013

Kenneth Miller

Kenneth F. Miller, 65, Mandan, died May 5, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and his very special dog, Stinker.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, May 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Kenneth “Bud” Miller was born on Sept. 27, 1947, to Frank L. and Mary M. (Devine) Miller in Mandan. Bud was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School and going on to attend the North Dakota State School of Science. After being honorably discharged from the United States Army where he served a tour in Vietnam, Bud married Bernadette “Beno” Hopfauf, making their home in Mandan. Bud was a Boilmaker by trade and a member of the Boilermaker Union Local 647 for 35 years. After retirement, Bud traveled as a consultant for Mid-West Gen. Through his career and retirement, he made many lifelong friendships. He was also a proud member of the American Legion, the Eagle’s Club and the Moose Club.

Bud enjoyed life. He was a man that did it his way, but those of us that know him well knew a very caring, soft-hearted and fun-loving man. Bud loved his wife of 43 years. He also loved and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.

He enjoyed playing cards with his buddies, making people laugh, and fishing with family and friends on the river and in Canada. Best of all, he enjoyed leisurely rides on his motorcycle.

Kenneth will be deeply missed by his wife, Beno; daughter, Tina Miller, both of Mandan; son, Kory (Kaye) Miller, Iowa; grandchildren, Konnor and Kora; sister, Jeannette (Thomas) Frohlich, Mandan; brother, James, Bismarck; sister-in-law, Judy Miller, Mandan; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Duane; and sister-in-law, Marie.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials be sent to Sanford Health Foundation, 715 E. Broadway, Bismarck, ND for a Sanford College of Nursing Scholarship in Loving Memory of Kenneth “Bud” Miller. The scholarship will make a difference in the life of a nursing student.

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Matthew Wuitschick

Matthew (Matt) T. Wuitschick, 57, Mandan, died May 8, 2013, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Gillette, Wyo.

Services were held on Wednesday, May 15, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Jack Carlson officiating.

Matthew was born on Jan. 25, 1956, to Oscar & Stephena (Kraft) Wuitschick in McLaughlin, S.D. He was the last of nine children, the baby. He attended school in Selfridge, where he met Julieanne Hoon, the love of his life. They were married on Nov. 27, 1976, in Selfridge. They had three children, Vernon, Waylon, and Veronica.

Matthew was an avid hunter and fisherman who shared his talents with his wife Julie, three children, son-in-law, multiple grandchildren, brothers, brother-in-laws, and countless others. He made his home just an hour away from the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, where his three kids moved before him. There he would camp, go four-wheeling, and make everyone smile with his old stories and goofy jokes.

He enjoyed his grandchildren beyond imagination. He would take his grandsons Jonathan Barnum and Little Waylon Wuitschick hunting and fishing. He tormented his granddaughters, Jade Wuitschick and Lilly, Velvet, and Morning Barnum, with whisker tickles and monster growls, where they proceeded to copy him in return and laugh until tears rolled down their faces. He delighted taking them on four-wheeler rides and making sure they had plenty of candy and lots of conversation. Even in their young ages, grandpa always exercised the most extreme patience with them in the tutoring of their young minds with many stories about life, animals, grandma, their parents, and anything else they would ask about.  Matthew was loved by these little people so much. They are his living legacies.

His career choice was construction. He has traveled around the country building everything you can think of, but nothing as strong as the foundations for his family. He would do anything for anyone and expect nothing in return. He was the greatest mentor. I’m sure anyone that knew him has multiple pages from his book.

Matthew had a life filled with sorrow and joy. With the help of his loving wife, he tried to live it to the fullest, regretting nothing. His greatest achievement was the family that they created together and loved to the fullest. Matthew taught his sons how to shoot and fish and his daughter how to love. He showed her the person she was meant to be with, his son-in-law of 15 years, Ben Barnum, who he also had the pleasure of showing how to hunt and fish by his standards.  He taught his wife how to beat the casino, even though she didn’t always listen.  His wisdom and love will stand the test of time.

Matthew will be deeply missed by his wife of 36 years, Julieanne; his sons, Vernon James (Kim Farron) Wuitschick and Waylon Jerome Wuitschick; his daughter, Veronica Ann (Benjamin Alan) Barnum; his grandchildren, Jonathan, Lilly, Velvet and Morning Barnum, Little Waylon Wuitschick and Jade Wuitschick; his mother, Stephena Wuitschick of Mandan; sisters, Barbara (Dave) Jurick, Betty (Gary) Mattern, Elsie Wuitschick, Donna (Sam) Seabay; brothers, Chuck (Carol), Tim (Judy), Eddie (Greta), Gary (Wanda); sisters-in-law, Nyla, Lucy, Margie; brothers-in-law, Richard, Kenny, Danny, Andy, Mike, Matthew; and numerous aunts, uncles and all of their families.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Wuitschick; father and mother in-law, Joseph and Anne (Waliser) Hoon; nephew, Jody Wuitschick; brothers-in-law, Jim and Freddie Hoon; nephews, Skylar Loeb and Anthony Hoon; niece, Tina Reiker; and many other loved ones.

He was one of a kind and will truly, truly be missed.

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