Gertrude Rutschke, 81, Kulm, N.D., died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Wishek Community Hospital, Wishek, N.D. Arrangements pending with Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Kulm.
Elmer Schweitzer, 79, Jamestown, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at his home. Mr. Schweitzer was born Aug. 7, 1930, at the family farm south of Gackle, N.D., the son of Gottfried and Maria (Janke-Wolf) Schweitzer. He received his elementary education in the local rural school. In 1944 they moved into Gackle where he graduated from Gackle High School in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 20, 1948, at Fargo, N.D. He was discharged on Dec. 2, 1952, at George Air Force Base, California, with the rank of staff sergeant.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Donald G. Fisher, who co-founded apparel giant Gap Inc., died Sunday. He was 81. Fisher, who had cancer, died at his home in San Francisco surrounded by his family, the company said. Those who knew Fisher said he was a great entrepreneur and philanthropist who helped shape the retail world and his local community. Fisher and his wife Doris opened the first Gap in 1969 in San Francisco, after running into difficulties finding jeans that fit.
Harry J. Miller III, 60, Sedalia, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, Mo. Mr. Miller was born Dec. 13, 1948, in Williamsport, Pa., the son of Harry J. Jr. and Sarah (Faulkner) Miller. He married Frances Elizabeth "Betsy" Barnick, of Jamestown, on Dec.
Betty Chase, 82, Washburn, Sept. 24. Jerry DeLoss, 75, Fargo, Sept. 26. Carol Elsbernd, 77, Bismarck, Sept. 24. Ardis Fuhrman, 60, Fargo, Sept. 26. Phillip Huwe, 79, New Town, Sept. 24. Ward Johnson, 48, New market, Minn., formerly Mandan, Sept. 12. LaVernia Jorgenson, 91, Grand Forks, Sept. 23. Rev. Jerome "Jerry" Lee, 74, Elgin, Sept. 23. Marie McMillan, 93, Williston, formerly Alamo, Sept. 22. Anna Moll, 97, Moorhead, Sept. 25. Lucille Olson, 83, Benedict, formerly Garrison, Sept. 21. Gene Pearson, 86, Fargo, Sept. 24. Jerome Penberthy, 44, Sheldon, Sept.
Norman LeRoy Elton, 71, Jamestown, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Ave Maria Village, Jamestown. Mr. Elton was born Feb. 28, 1938, in Fargo, N.D., the son of Bergman and Martha Elton. They lived in Lake Williams, N.D., and later Pettibone, N.D. He moved to Jamestown and was a truck driver until he retired. He worked for Mellands, R.M. Stoudt and Don Wilhelm Inc. He is survived by a daughter, Minty (Bryon) Belile, Baldwin, N.D.; a special friend, Frieda Schrader, Jamestown; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Ave Maria Village.
Erwin J. Engbrecht Jr., 76, New Rockford, N.D., formerly of Fessenden, N.D., died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford. Mr. Engbrecht was born Oct. 7, 1932, at Fessenden, the son of Erwin and Alyce (Lies) Engbrecht. He grew up and attended Fessenden Public School, Fessenden. He worked for Fessenden Machine assembling machinery. In 1960 he opened Erv's Radiator Repair, Fessenden, which he operated until he retired in 2004. He married Thelma Rask on June 26, 1981, in Fessenden. They lived in Fessenden.
Francis Orr, 87, Jamestown, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Ave Maria Village, Jamestown. Mr. Orr was born March 25, 1922, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Marion D. and Helen (Rigdon) Orr. They moved to a farm south of James-town in 1929. He attended country schools in Woodbury and Corwin townships, both North Dakota, while helping on the family farm. He was a part of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Black Hills, S.D., for 15 months in 1940 to 1941. He joined the U.S. Army on Oct. 14, 1942, and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations, New Guinea, Philippine Islands.
Bernadette Reinpold, 81, Alcester, S.D., formerly of Jamestown, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Morningside Care Center, Alcester. Services: 2 p.m. Friday, St. James Basilica, James-town. Prayer service: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel and one hour before the service at the church. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Jamestown. Online guestbook: www. liskofuneralchapel.com
Christine Klein Mueller, 96, Wishek, N.D., died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at the Wishek Retirement Home, Wishek. Christine Klein was born March 31, 1913, in Wishek, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Ackerman) Klein. She attended the local rural elementary school. In her youth, she helped her mother, who was in poor health. She joined several brothers in working at the Glen Martin Air Craft facility, Baltimore, Md., in 1942. After World War II, she worked for social services in Washington, D.C., until her retirement. She married Frank Mueller in 1952.