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Obituaries

  • Thomas J. Gunderson 1941-2020

    Minot attorney Thomas J. Gunderson, 78, died July 22. He was a University of North Dakota School of Law graduate and was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1972. His funeral is scheduled in New Town at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29.
  • Karen McBride 1945-2020

    Longtime Bismarck attorney Karen McBride, 74, died July 17. A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, she was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1984. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24, and will be livestreamed.
  • Lyle Kirmis 1949-2020

    Longtime Bismarck attorney Lyle W. Kirmis, 70, of Plymouth, Minn., died June 28. A University of Minnesota law graduate, he was admitted to the North Dakota bar in 1974. A Celebration of Life in Bismarck is being planned.
  • Richard “Richie” E. T. Smith 1952-2020

    Longtime Wahpeton attorney Richard “Richie” E. T. Smith died May 22. A Creighton law school graduate, he was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1977. A drive by funeral parade will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 3-5 p.m. on Augustana Drive on Otter Tail Lake, Minn.
  • Gary Thune 1942-2019

    Longtime Bismarck attorney Gary Thune died Dec. 1. A UND School of Law graduate, he was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1974. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
  • William Thoms 1940-2019

    UND Professor Emeritus of Law William "Bill" Thoms, 78, died Sept. 22. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at St. Otto’s Care Center Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
  • Judge Larry Hatch 1930-2019

    Former South Central Judicial District Judge Larry Hatch died Nov. 4. He was a 1958 graduate of the UND School of Law and served as a district judge from 1972-1991. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo.
  • John D. Olsrud 1941-2019

    Longtime Legislative Council director John D. Olsrud, 77, died Oct. 30. He was a 1967 graduate of the UND School of Law and one of the first law clerks for the North Dakota Supreme Court. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck.
  • Aloys "Al" Wartner III 1942-2019

    Attorney Aloys "Al" Wartner III of Harvey, ND and Scottsdale/Mesa, AZ died Oct. 5. He graduated from the UND School of Law in 1970 and began his law practice in Harvey.