Duane Selfors

Oct. 5, 1928-Jan. 25, 2017

Duane Selfors, 88,

Minot, passed away on

Wednesday, January 25,

2017 in a Minot hospital.

Duane A. “Speed” Sel-

fors, was born October 5,

1928 in Minneapolis,

Minnesota to Nels and

Signy (Berg) Selfors.  He

moved to Minot with his

family when he was a

year old in 1929. He at-

tended school at

Roosevelt Elementary and

Minot High Schools.

Duane married the love

of his life, Catherine B.

Jundt, on June 27, 1956 at

Little Flower Church in

Minot, North Dakota.

They were members of

Little Flower and St. Leo’s

Parishes in Minot

throughout their married

lives. They had four chil-

dren, Donalda, Cheryl,

Kevin, and Lisa, who were

all born in Minot.

Duane was an avid

sportsman and hunter. As

a family, Duane and Cath-

erine and their children

enjoyed family fishing

and camping trips. Duane

took great pride in teach-

ing his son, grandsons,

and nephews how to hunt

and enjoy the outdoors.

One of Duane’s many ac-

complishments was his

beautiful garden, which

included a wide variety of

flowers, vegetables, and

fruits. Duane spent many

hours in his garage tinker-ing on a project or build-

ing something for the


Duane was very proud

of his children and their

accomplishments. Duane

loved his grandchildren

and great-grandchildren

with all his heart. He con-

sidered his role as a

grandpa as one of his

greatest joys. Family was

very important to Duane

and he loved it when all

of his family was together.

In addition to his family,

Duane opened his heart

and his home to many of

his children’s friends.

Duane loved the family

dogs and spoiled them

like kids.

One of Duane’s favorite

hobbies was collecting an-

tique reloading tools and

Winchester firearms. He

was an avid reader of

non-fiction accounts of

military history. He was a

member of the Knights of

Columbus, Eagles Club,

American Legion,

Veterans of Foreign Wars,

Sons of Norway, Winches-

ter Arms Collectors and

the Antique Reloading As-


Duane worked for Bur-

lington Northern Railroad

from 1944 to 1947 and

Midwest Lumber from

1947 to 1950. He served

in the Army as a Private

in the Korean War from

1951 to 1953. During his

service, he was awarded

the Korean Service Medal

with one Bronze Star, the

United Nations Service

Medal, and two Overseas

Service Bars.  Upon his

return to Minot, he joined

the Plumbers and Pipe-

fitters Union Local 627 in

1953, where he remained

employed as a plumber

and pipefitter until his re-

tirement in 1991. While a

member of Local 627,

Duane served in all offices

and was a Business

Manager from 1986

through 1989. He also

served on the State

Plumbing Board from

1987 to 1989.

His loving family in-

cludes: wife, Catherine

(Jundt) Selfors, Minot;

daughters, Donalda, Pied-

mont, CA; Cheryl (Roger)

Jehlicka, Minot; Kevin

(Belinda) Selfors, Hay-

field, MN; Lisa (Eric) Dai-

ley, Little Beaver Bay, ND;

granddaughter, Alexandra

Nash, Minot; grandson,

Brenden (Manhattan) Jehl-

icka, Minot; grand-

daughter, Jenna (David)

Landry, Cheyenne, WY;

grandson, Benedict Sel-

fors, Fargo, ND;

step-grandchildren: Cody

Dailey and Kihley Dailey,

both of Minot;

great-granddaughters Lilli-

an Peters, Grand Forks,

ND; Aubrey Landry and

Violet Landry; Cheyenne,

WY; sisters, Loraine Alfs-

tad, Arlington, WA; Betty

Barrett, Mount Lake Ter-

race, WA; brothers, Rod-

ney and Theodore, of

Minot; extended family

members, Bean Blackett,

Miami, FL; Christy Har-

mon, Bismarck, ND; and

numerous nieces,

nephews, and cousins.

Duane was preceded in

death by: his parents; sis-

ters, Sigrid Schmidt, Ruth

Serio, Marjorie Lakoduk,

and Patricia Fimreite;

brothers, Frank, Lloyd,

Victor, and Darroll Sel-

fors; and extended family

member, David Blackett.

Visitation: Sunday,

January 29, 2017 from

noon until 5 p.m. at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot

Vigil Prayer Service:

Sunday, January 29 at 5

p.m. at Thompson-Larson

Funeral Home Chapel,


Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Monday, January 30,

2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Leo

The Great Catholic

Church, Minot.

Burial: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot.

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot