Duane Larson

July 1, 1930-Feb. 13, 2019

Duane L. Larson, 88,

Fessenden, passed away

Wednesday, February 13,

2019 at the St. Aloisius

Nursing Home in Harvey.

Duane L. Larson, son of

Lawrence and Madge

(Fleming) Larson, was

born July 1, 1930 in

Wellsburg where he lived

his first years. In 1941,

the Larson family moved

to Fessenden where

Duane grew up and at-

tended Fessenden Public

School. As a young man

he worked for area farm-

ers and also for the Soil

Conservation Service

planting trees.

In March of 1951,

Duane entered the United

States Army and served

his country during the

Korean War. Following

his honorable discharge in

March of 1953, he began

working as a Maintainer

Operator for the Wells

County Road Crew.

On September 2, 1955

Duane was united in mar-

riage to Beverly Hibsch at

Concordia Lutheran

Church of rural Fessen-

den. They made their

home in Fessenden since.

In 1965 Duane was ap-

pointed Wells County

Road Superintendent and

held that position until

his retirement in 1992.

Through the years, he re-

ceived a number of

awards including Super-

intendent of the Year for

outstanding service from

the Association of County

Engineers and in 1991,

the Excellence in County

Government Award from

the North Dakota Associa-tion of Counties.

Following his career

with Wells County, Duane

worked for over 20 years

with Nelson Funeral

Home of Fessenden. Nev-

er being one to sit idle,

Duane also worked for the

Wells County Water

Board, regulating water

flow through the county

and helped maintain the

Wells County Fair

Grounds for several years.

Duane was a member of

the First Lutheran Church

of Fessenden, the Frank

Proisl American Legion

Post #33 of Fessenden

and the Harvey Eagles


He enjoyed deer hunt-

ing with his family, rais-

ing his gardens, tinkering

for hours in his shop, and

attending every sporting

event he could. He was

the ultimate Green Bay

Packer fan.

Duane is survived by:

his wife of 63 years, Bev-

erly; his daughter, Debbie

(Lou) Simenson of

Bismarck; grandchildren,

Jaden (Shalee) Huntley,

Jordan (Leighel) Huntley,

Scott Simenson and Grace

(J.R.) Kerzmann; 5

great-grandchildren, Cam-

ryn, Hadley, Kolter, Ben-

son and an expected ar-

rival in March; and 2 sis-

ters, Jeanne Melby of

Mandan and Betty (Gor-

don) Schimke of


He was preceded in

death by: his parents and

brothers, Herbert, Marvin

and Russell.

Visitation: Sunday from

3 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the

Nelson Funeral Home in


Funeral: Monday,

February 18 at 10:30 A.M.

at the First Lutheran

Church in Fessenden

Burial: Hillside

Cemetery in Fessenden

Online condolences

may be shared at nelson