Mandan News

Re-interments, November 5-11, 2011

Beverly Henke

Beverly Henke was born Dec. 4, 1923, in New Salem, the daughter of Erwin and Ella (Mann) Kruger. Raised and educated in New Salem, she graduated from New Salem High School in 1941.

On May 4, 1944, she married Dallas Henke at her parents’ home in Bismarck. She attended Shepherd Teacher’s College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., graduating with a bachelor of arts degree on Aug. 25, 1967. Beverly then taught music in the public school system in Hagerstown and Baltimore, Md. Beverly died peacefully on Feb. 1, 2002, at the age of 78. A funeral service was held on Feb. 13, 2002, and she was buried at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Dallas and Beverly are survived by their three children, David C. Henke of Chapel Hill, N.C., Gayle Williams of Naples, Fla., and Jill Pacini of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Anna and David M. Henke, Jeremy and Amanda Williams, and Andrea and Joseph Pacini.


Dallas Henke

Dallas C. Henke was born June 30, 1923, in New Salem, to Arthur and Margaret (Bauer) Henke. Raised and educated in New Salem, he graduated as valedictorian from New Salem High School in 1941. In March 1943 he was inducted into military service and fought with Co. M with the 328th Infantry in European Theater, including northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and central Europe during WWII. He is a veteran of 110 days on the front lines at the Battle of the Bulge.  Dallas was awarded the American Theater Service Ribbon, European African Middle Theater Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and a Victory Ribbon. Dallas was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in December 1945. He went on to attend college, receiving a bachelor of science in commerce degree from UND in June 1948. He worked at the N.D. Highway Department and his accomplishments there led him to a job with the Federal Highway Department in the Bureau of Federal Roads, where he was promoted to the position of Deputy Executive Officer for region three in Hagerstown, Md. He received a Presidential Citation for his innovative accounting work while serving in the Bureau of Federal Roads. Dallas and Beverly retired to Marco Island, Fla., in 1983. Dallas died March 13, 2000, at the age of 76, following surgery for esophageal cancer. A funeral service was held on May 6, 2000, and he was buried at Mandan Union Cemetery.


Ella Kruger

Ella Kruger was born June 8, 1897, in New Salem, to W.H. and Anna (Lange) Mann. She lived in New Salem until moving to Cleveland, Ohio, to live with her sister, where she attended and graduated from high school. Returning to New Salem in 1915, she assisted her father in operating a general store.

On Aug. 2, 1919, she married Erwin Kruger in New Salem. They had two children, Russel and Beverly. Ambitious and outgoing, Ella held numerous jobs. In 1947 they moved to Mandan and in 1955 she began working as the office manager of the Mandan Hospital. Ella was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, Past Presidents Parley, and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Ella died on April 18, 1963 of a heart attack at the age of 65.  A funeral service was held April 24, 1963, and she was buried at Mandan Union Cemetery.


Erwin Kruger

Erwin R. “Erv” Kruger was born May 7, 1895, in Grafton, Iowa, to Edward C. and Edwina (Rosenberg) Kruger. In 1905 he moved to New Salem with his family. He graduated as the salutatorian in 1914 with the first graduating class from New Salem High School. There were only two students in the class and his brother, Eddie, was the other classmate. He went on to attend the Agriculture College in Fargo.

Erv enlisted in the United States Army in February 1918. During WWI he served as a Private in the Signal Corps with the 137 AMB Co. 110 SN TN. He served overseas from May 1918 until April 1919. He was honorably discharged at Camp Dodge in May 1919.

On Aug. 2, 1919, he married Ella Mann in New Salem. Erv operated a general store in Almont 1924 to 1926. He also farmed, worked in retail and wholesale merchandising business, served as an agent for stocks, bonds, and insurance, had done accounting and was an office clerk at the N.D. State Penitentiary. Erv served as the Morton County Veterans Service Officer from 1947 until his retirement in 1962. They had two children, Russel and Beverly. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the American Legion, VFW, Disabled Veterans and the Masonic Lodge. Erv died in his sleep on May 15, 1966 at his home in Mandan at the age of 71. A funeral service was held on May 19, 1966, in Mandan, and he was buried at Mandan Union Cemetery.


Russel Kruger

Russel Loyd Kruger was born Jan. 21, 1922, in New Salem to Erwin and Ella (Mann) Kruger. He was raised and educated in New Salem, graduating from high school in 1939. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor in philosophy in May 1943.

Russel enlisted in the United States Army and attended training at Camp Polk, La., and Camp Livingston, La. In November 1943, Russel was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Benning, Georgia. On Dec.14, 1943, he married Clara Kautzmann at his parents’ home in Bismarck. On May 5, 1944, he was shipped overseas to England with the 12th Infantry, 4th Division. He landed with the second wave on Utah Beach on D-Day on June 6, 1944.

Russel was killed in action at the Battle of Hedgerows in WWII in Normandy, France, on June 15, 1944, at the age of 22, seven months before the birth of his only child, Russel “Rusty.” He was buried in a temporary military cemetery at St. Mere-Eglise on June 23, 1944.

When the war was over, he was disinterred on March 17, 1948, and his body was returned to his home, arriving in Mandan on June 4, 1949. Russel was buried at Mandan Union Cemetery on June 12, 1949.

His widow, Clara, married Richard Lubke on Jan. 22, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan.