Duane F. Hart

March 22, 1939-May 15, 2019

Duane Frederick Hart,

age 80 of Grand Forks,

died Wednesday May 15,

2019, at Altru Hospital,

Grand Forks, ND. Funeral

services will be held at

2:00 pm, Wednesday, May

22, at Amundson Funeral

Home, Grand Forks. Buri-

al will be held at 12:00

pm, Thursday, May 23, at

the North Dakota Veterans

Cemetery, Mandan, ND.

Visitation will be held

from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm,

Wednesday, May 22, at

Amundson Funeral

Home, immediately before

the service.

Duane was born March

22, 1939, in Grand Forks,

the son of Joseph and Lil-

lian Hart. He was raised

and educated in Grand

Forks. He married Linda

Eide in 1958, and they

had 3 children. This mar-

riage later ended. He

worked in the lumber and

machining industries in

Vancouver, Wash, then

later in the car repair and

road construction indus-

try in the midwest.

Duane later met Helen

Nelson-Fjelstad in West

Fargo, and they married

in June 1979 in Plenty-

wood, Mont. Helen and

Duane moved to Halliday,

where he worked at the

Great Plains Gasification

Plant then opened a shop

in Dodge, ND. In 1987, he

moved his shop, to Halli-

day, operating there for 10

years. Duane began teach-

ing high school welding

in 1999, later expanding

to include an adult weld-

ing class. He was a

long-standing member of

the Lions Club and the

National Blacksmith and

Welder Association, serv-

ing multiple terms as the


Duane also served as

Mayor for the City of Hal-

liday 2004 through 2008.

In 2016 Duane moved to

Grand Forks where he has

resided since.

Duane is survived by:

son, Bruce Hart, Grand

Forks; daughter, Angie

(Curt) Lommen, Rochester

Hills, Mich; stepson,

Curtis (Beverly) Fjelstad,

Deer Lodge, Mont.; step-

daughters, Mari (Russell)

Christensen, San Tan Val-

ley, Ariz, and Peggy

(John) Errecart and Patti

Fjelstad, both of Sidney,

Mont.; 18 grandchildren;

15 great-grandchildren, 2


and numerous cousins,

nieces and nephews. He

also leaves behind Yetta,

his dedicated service dog.

Duane was preceded in

death by: one son Todd

Hart, wife Helen, brothers

Levon (Red) and Gary

Hart; his parents; step-

daughters, Rebecca Fjel-

stad and Cecelia Fjelstad,

and great-granddaughters

Laynie Bauman and Pey-

tyn Christensen.