C. John Tweten

April 23, 1939-Sept. 14, 2019

On Saturday, Sep-

tember 14, 2019, C. John

Tweten, loving brother

and father of two children

and five grandchildren,

passed away at the age of

80 in a Minot hospital. A

memorial service will be

held on Saturday, Sep-

tember 21, 2019 at 10:00

am at the First Lutheran

Church in Willow City,


Clayton John Tweten,

known to everyone as

John, was born to Oscar

and Helma (Hanson)

Tweten on April 23, 1939

in Rugby, ND. He was

raised and graduated from

Willow City High School

in 1957, where he was a

member of the 1956 State

Class C Championship

Basketball Team. John

was the typical

mischievous older brother

and would tease his

younger siblings. But he

was also their protector.

He entered the Army in

March of 1958 and was

stationed at Ft. Ma-

cArthur, CA until he was

honorably discharged in

March of 1960. He re-

turned to the Willow City

area and married Janice

Wittmayer in June of

1962. They lived in Rugby

before they moved to

Berwyn Heights, MD

where he worked for UPS.

While living in Mary-

land, they also owned a

lawn business with his

sister and brother-in-law

called G & T Lawn

Maintenance. In 1975

they had the opportunity

to move back to ND and

purchase a business, Four

Seasons Resort at Lake

Metigoshe. They spent

many hours working side

by side which took a toll

on their marriage, which

then ended in 1979. He

became a bulk propane

driver for Ferrell Gas, for-

mally Lystad Oil. In June

of 1992 he worked as a

Bottineau County 911

Dispatcher/Jail Operator

until his official retire-

ment in July 2001.

After retirement he en-

joyed golfing as much as

he could and working for

Don Henry and family

mowing grass. In Febru-

ary of 2008 he had a

stroke and moved to

Minot. He spent every

weekend during the sum-

mer months at his Lake

Metigoshe home until his

fall in October 2016

where he entered Minot

Health and Rehab and had

resided there since.

He enjoyed watching all

sports, whether they were

on television or in person

with friends and especial-

ly attending his

grandchildren’s sporting

and milestone events. He

also enjoyed golfing and

snowmobiling and was a

member of the Lake Meti-

goshe Snowmobile Club.

John loved visiting with

people and always had an

open door policy. There

were many times that

friends would stop by and

watch a game or share a

joke and laugh with him.

He is survived by: his

children, Julie (Mike)

Bickel and Jeff (Angel)

Tweten. Grandchildren,

Jeremy Bickel, Minot;

Spencer Bickel, Minot;

Madison Bickel, Minneap-

olis; Tyler Tweten, Japan;

and Emily Tweten, Man-

dan. Sister, JoAnne

(Robert) Gordon, Willow

City; Brother, James

Tweten, Pick City;

Nephew, Bruce (Lisa) Gor-

don, Cedar Park, TX;

Niece, Alyssa

Tweten-Hoeppner, Min-

neapolis; and many ex-

tended family and friends.

He was preceded in

death by his parents.

Arrangements were

with Nero Funeral Home

in Bottineau. Friends may

sign the online register

book at www.nerofuneral