Herman Henry Aufforth

March 8, 1950-Dec. 18, 2017

Herman Henry Auf-

forth, 67, Bowbells, died

Monday, December 18,

2017, in the Kenmare hos-


Herman was born on

March 8, 1950, in Ken-

mare, the son of Roelf and

Leone (Carlson) Aufforth.

He was raised and educat-ed in Bowbells, graduat-

ing with the class of 1968.

After graduation, Herman

enlisted with the Coast

Guard, where he proudly

served his country from

February 1969 until Oc-

tober 1971.

After serving his coun-

try, Herman briefly

helped his family farm be-

fore starting a career at

the Burke County Court-

house as an Auditor in

1974. He would continue

on this career path until

1986. Starting in 1985,

Herman began his next

and most favorite career

as member of the United

States Postal Service. He

started in Kenmare,

moved on to Flaxton and

then finished most of his

years in Bowbells. This

would be a job he would

cherish until his retire-

ment in 2008.

On August 30, 1975,

Herman married the love

of his life, Beth Bohnsack,

in Hillsboro, North Dako-

ta. This union was blessed

with three wonderful chil-

dren: Brian, Joy, and Mol-

ly. Family was very im-

portant to Herman, and he

was blessed to have one

that cared so deeply for

him that, on January 8,

2002, he received a kid-

ney transplant from his

sister Tammy.

Herman lived a full and

active life while managing

Type I diabetes always

with a smile. His priori-

ties were his faith, his

family, his friends, and

his country. In his

younger years he was sur-

rounded by avid hunters,

and that passion carried

throughout his whole life.

He shared that love for

the outdoors and hunting

with his children and

grandchildren. He

honored his country, and

for many years he with

help from his family set

up the Legion American

flags all along Main Street

for patriotic holidays.

After his retirement his

daily routine was a trip up

town to get the mail and

make various stops to

visit with everyone. He

loved to tell and hear

good stories and jokes.

He was filled with

laughter, and that

laughter was infectious.

Herman was a member

of the United Methodist

Church and of the Carl

Oftedahl American Legion

Post #127, both of

Bowbells. In addition, he

was honored to be induct-ed into the North Dakota

Goose Hunters Hall of

Fame in 2004.

Herman is survived by:

Beth, his wife of 42 years;

son Brian (Teri) Aufforth,

Minot; daughters: Joy

(John) Beard, Bowbells,

and Molly Aufforth (Kel-

len Peters), Madison, WI;

brothers: Doug (Glenys)

Holter, Pierre, SD, and

Rolf (Vickie) Aufforth,

Bowbells; sisters: Susan

Watson, Sandy UT, and

Tammy Ryberg, Bowbells;

three grandchildren:

Zackery Beard, Haley

Seykora, and Camden

Aufforth; and numerous

nieces, nephews, and


He was preceded in

death by: his parents;

brother Donovan“Sam”

Holter; sister-in-law Joann

Luke Holter; and nieces

Kristi Jo Aufforth and Lori


A funeral service will

be held: on Saturday, De-

cember 23, 2017 at 11:00

am at the United Metho-

dist Church in Bowbells

with burial at the North

Dakota Veterans Cemetery

in Mandan at a later date.

Those wishing to sign the

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memories may access the

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