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Obituaries

  • 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.
  • LaVern C. Neff 1927-2019

    Longtime Williston attorney LaVern C. “Vern” Neff, 92, died Oct. 13. A UND School of Law graduate, he was admitted to the bar in 1952. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Faith United Methodist Church in Williston.
  • Dale W. Moench 1940-2019

    Longtime attorney Dale W. Moench died Oct. 1. A UND School of Law graduate, he was admitted to the North Dakota bar in 1966. A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.