Raymond Sharkey

May 1, 1929-Jan. 9, 2021

Raymond Sharkey, age

91 of Minot and

Westhope, passed away

on Saturday, January 9,

2021 at Trinity Hospital in

Minot. A private family

service will be held at Our

Lady of Grace in Minot,

with burial at St. Cecilia’s

Catholic Cemetery in


Raymond Sharkey, son

of Ray and Mathilda

(Amon) Sharkey, was

born on May 1, 1929 in

Rugby, North Dakota. He

was raised in Towner and

graduated from Towner

High School where he met

the love of his life, Don-

rose Vetsch. Following his

graduation, he attended

Minot State Teacher’s Col-

lege before transferring to

North Dakota State

University in Fargo. His

college career had a brief

hiatus while he served in

the Army Air Corps/Air

Force National Guard in

the United States during

the Korean War and was

Honorably Discharged No-

vember 1952.

He married Donna in

1954 at the Cathedral of

St. Mary in Fargo.

Upon graduation from

NDSU in 1955 with a de-

gree in business, he

worked for US Rubber

Company in Fargo, 1st

National Bank in Moor-

head, MN, and in 1963

Raymond and Donna

moved to Maddock,

where Raymond became

president of Farmers State


In 1972, Raymond and

his family moved to

Westhope, ND when he

and his partners pur-

chased Peoples State Bank

Westhope. Raymond was

a proud supporter of

Westhope, involved in

numerous civic improve-

ments and planted many

trees. In 2015 Raymond

and Donna moved to The

Wellington Assisted Liv-

ing in Minot where they

lived up until the time of

his death.

Raymond was received

into the Catholic Church

in May of 2014, was a

member of St Andrews

Catholic Church in

Westhope, and in recent

years, attended Our Lady

of Grace in Minot.

He is survived by: his

wife, Donrose of Minot;

son, Robert (Sandra

Luttkus) Sharkey of

Westhope; daughter, Lau-

ra (Joseph) Rowell of Win-

dermere, FL; grandchil-

dren, Johnathan (Emma

Olson-Sharkey) Sharkey,

Christopher (Shannon)

Sharkey, Thomas Rowell,

Christine Rowell, Benja-

min Sharkey,

great-granddaughter, Har-

riet Sharkey; sister-in-law,

Paula Kraft; cousins, in-

cluding Deborah Amon

(Cindy Bryan); numerous

nieces, nephews; other re-

latives and friends.

In addition to his

parents, Raymond was

preceded in death by

brothers-in-law Donald

Vetsch and Larry Kraft,

and sister-in-law Dona

Lou Vetsch.

In lieu of flowers, the

family requests that

memorials be given to the

Westhope Park Board,

The Hope Effect


, a charity of your choos-

ing, or plant a tree in his


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Towner. Online regis-

try: www.funerals