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Grand Forks North Dakota
Central High School Class of 1959
Deceased Classmates
Gary Pederson
at Class Reunion
Gary Pederson, 67, passed away on August 17, 2009.

He was born December 24, 1941, in Bismarck, ND, to Wes and Velma Hall. Gary was adopted at age six, by Sig and Gunda Pederson, and raised in Grand Forks, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant daughter, Shauna Rae. Gary is survived by his daughters: Stacy Cheshire and her husband Rob, of Camp Lejeune, NC, and Stephanie Ferner and husband Jeff, of Albuquerque; his grandchildren: William and Max Cheshire, and Tavin and Cheyenne Ferner; his brother, Leon Wedar and wife LaVonne, of Minot, ND; his sister, Barbara Harris, of Bismarck, ND; numerous nieces and nephews; and ex-wife, Carolyn.

Gary served in the Army from 1959 to 1963 with honorable discharge. He worked in construction building a home in North Dakota, and then worked for Minnesota Dairy. In 1973 he moved to Santa Fe, NM and was a service manager for Cimino's Santa Fe Mazda Volvo. Later Gary went to work for Volvo line as Service Manager and was instrumental in the dealership and its move to a new facility. In 1981, he moved to Albuquerque and began a successful career with Snap-On-Tools. In 1991 he began an association with National Tools. Many of the younger dealers would come to him for advice. He retired in 2005. Gary always had a joke and a hearty laugh. He loved anything related to car racing or Johnny Cash. He would always go out of his way to help others and to lend a helping hand.

Services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Wyoming Chapel, at 2:00 p.m., Visitation to follow. Burial will take place on Monday, August 31, 2009, at 11:30 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery.


Gary's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. (505) 821-0010  Grand Forks Herald
Gary at 2009 Reunion
Gary Sorenson
Gary Dean Sorenson, age 68, of Hibbing, MN died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.  He died in his home surrounded by his family.  Gary was born in Grand Forks, ND on 8-18-1941 to Orville and Fay (Bakken) Sorenson.  Gary graduated from Grand Forks Central HS in 1959 and served in the Marine Corps from 1959-1963.  He married the love of his life Suzanne (McCreary) on January 14, 1961.  He graduated from UND and UMD, earning a BA, MS and specialist degree in Education. He worked as an educator for over 30 years receiving numerous awards and recognitions including Minnesota's "Distinguished Principal".

Gary loved life.  His greatest interests included his family, friends, fishing, hunting and sports. His love for dogs continued into his retirement including breeding, training and field trials. He was the greatest supporter and teacher of his grandchildrens' interests.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dale Sorenson.

Survivors include his wife Suzanne, of Hibbing; Son, Brett (Mary) Sorenson of Cloquet; MN; daughters, Kirsten (Dave) Clark of Onalaska, WI, Shosty (Greg) Heyblom of Nashwauk, MN, and Nissa (Chad) Tharaldson, of Bemidji, MN; twelve grandchildren:  Ryan, Tyler, and Gabe Sorenson, Nakia and Andrew Clark, Kelsey, Raini, Mackenzie, and Ethan Heyblom, and Grant, Kellen, and Brett Tharaldson; a brother, Jay (Grace) Rindahl of Fergus Falls, MN; a sister, Emm Fuller of Wadena, MN; his mother-in-law, Pearl McCreary of Hibbing, MN;  and many nieces and nephews.

The Sorenson family would especially like to thank the hospice staff for their loving care.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, from 5-8 PM at Peterson Funeral Chapel, 422 Roosevelt St., Coleraine, MN.    Visitation will continue on Thursday at Nashwauk Lutheran Church, 304 3rd St., Nashwauk, from 12 Noon until the 1 PM Funeral Service.  Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.
Gary Skyberg
Gary at 2009 Reunion
Gary Lee Skyberg, 68, of Peotone, died Tuesday (July 6, 2010) at his home. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Bill Riegle will officiate. Interment, with military honors, will be in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Pallbearers will be Chad, Jason and Travis Skyberg, and Justin, Kory and Tyler Adams. Honorary pallbearers will be Kayla and McKenna Skyberg. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno or to VITAS Hospice. Mr. Skyberg was the owner of S & S Nationwide for more than 30 years and also owner of Sky's Lanes and Lounge in Manteno. He was born Nov. 4, 1941, in Grand Forks, N.D., the son of Oscar and Mabel Anderson Skyberg. He was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1959-1966, and a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392, where he was past commander, a member of the VFW, and a member of the Marine Corps Association. He was a former member of the Peotone Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed playing Santa Claus at many community events and for his family over the years. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Wednesday golf league in Manteno. He was also an avid bowler. Surviving are his wife, the former Peg Butler, of Peotone, whom he married March 9, 1963, in Kansas City, Kan.; four children, Traci Adams, of Peotone, Chad (Kris) Skyberg, of Manteno, Jason (Chris Hoch) Skyberg, of New Lenox, Travis (Tracy) Skyberg, of Monee; and five grandchildren, Justin, Kory and Tyler Adams, Kayla and McKenna Skyberg. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marcia Holeczy.
Jeanette M. Osmundson 69, Grand Forks, North Dakota died Monday, March 22, 2010 in Valley Memorial Homes Eldercare Center.

Jeanette was born to Sam and Viola (Stoller) Osmundson on December 20, 1940 in Grand Forks. She was raised and educated in Grand Forks. Jeanette was never married. She graduated from barber college in 1969. In 1973 she graduated from AVTI Semi Truck Driving Program. She was employed locally by Transystems until she retired due to disablility.

Jeanette loved fishing and especially enjoyed animals.

She is survived by several cousins and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Rozean Osmundson, Myrtle Beach, SC.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Osmundson.
Larry McGoven
Larry McGoven with wife Maribeth May 2010
Lawrence "Larry" Earl McGoven, 69, of Zimmerman, MN, formerly of Grand Forks, ND, danced joyfully into heaven on Friday, July 30, 2010, embraced by the love and prayers of his family. He was born on May 1, 1941 in Grand Forks, ND to Ardell and Margaret (Waxvic) McGoven. Larry grew up in Grand Forks and attended St. James Academy, graduated from Central High School in 1959, and was an active member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He served in the United States Air Force from 1959-1964, working as a Military Police Officer and Chaplain Assistant. Larry married Carol Weathersby in Grand Forks, ND and they were blessed with a daughter, Holly (Danny) Lasyone, Pollack Pines, CA. Carol died in 1983. For many years Larry worked for Absey Motors and the Sacramento Bee. He also owned and operated Duffy's Tavern and managed the Broken Drum Tavern. On June 12, 1987, Larry married Maribeth (Olson). As a devoted dad, he adored their children: Camille, Kayla, and Aaron. In addition to his dedication to his family, Larry worked as a Security Officer for O'Brien Security, Dubuque, IA; Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD; Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MN; and Grand Casino, Mille Lacs, MN. He was an award winning salesman for the Argus Leader Newspaper, Sioux Falls, SD. Larry was a man of gentle strength, deep faith, and contagious joy. His laughter, stories, singing, warmth and love will be forever cherished. "Go in peace and dance on Glory's side. Fly to Jesus and live!" Larry is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren: Brittni and Jessica, Sacramento, CA; brothers Robert (Janice), Grand Forks; Gary, San Antonio, NM; and Charles (Teresa), Buckeye, AZ; 2 sisters: Vickie Knight, Anna, TX and Tammie Grant, Loveland, CO, and many other dear family members and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
Larry Offerdahl
passed away
December 29, 1996
in Riverside, CA
Allyn Olson
Jerry Olson
Gerald D. Olson, died May 15, 2003 in Grand Forks.  He was 61.  He worked for UND's photography department until retirement.  Gerry is survived by his mother.  The Red Cent, August 2003
Stanley W. Penn, 62 died September 3, 2003 in Reno, NV.  He served in the U.S. Marines.  He worked in the food and beverage industry in Reno, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Oregon before retiring in 1995.  Stanley enjoyed sports, reading and dancing.  His wife, Dawn Tweten Penn, C 60, four children, five grandchildren, parents and a sister Pam Penn Sunderland, C72, survive. The Red Cent December 2003
Stan Penn
Clayton Peterson passed away
May 1, 1983 in Minnesota
Wayne Rosenthal
Wayne ""Poodle"" died November 9, 1999 in Fargo, ND.  He was 59.  Wayne served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.  He was an independent truck driver.  Two sons, David, C90 and Joel, C95; and a brother survive. The Red Cent Winter 2000
Carolyn Snyder Stonebraker
Carolyn Snyder-Stonebraker, C59, died Oct. 10, 2002, in Fargo, ND, of nonsmokers lung cancer.  She taught English and English as a Second Language at NDSU.  Carolyn is survived by two daughters; one granddaughter; sisters Sylvia Snyder Lehman, C56; Annette Snyder Wigert, C61; Anita Snyder Mayfirld, C61; Loretta and Mary; and a brother Corwin "Buzz" Snyder, C63.   The Red Cent, October 2003
Jerry Stevens
Ray Stinar  2010
Ray Stinar
Raymond John Stinar passed away October 18th, 2010.  Ray was born on September 3, 1941 to John and Helen (Dostal) Stinar at the Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Raymond attended Grand Forks Public Schools and graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1959. He played basketball, Legion and College Baseball. Ray graduated from Mayville State College in 1965 with a degree in Business Education, Physical Education and Health. He was united in marriage to Wilma Mullet on June 5, 1965 in Washington Lutheran Church of Northwood, ND. They were married for 45 years. He started his teaching and coaching career in McVille, ND. In 1969 he accepted a position in Mahnomen, MN. He finished his career at East Grand Forks Senior High, retiring in 2000. Ray also taught Drivers Training in East Grand Forks for many years. Ray coached High School Basketball for a total of 26 years. He was inducted into the Grand Forks Central's Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Minnesota State Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

Survivors of Ray include his wife, Wilma of East Grand Forks, MN, daughters, Nicole Knudson, Amy (Rick) Rivera, Sara (Mark) Ellingsworth all of Shakopee, MN, three grandsons, Bailey, Riley and Luke, sister, LaVerne McMenamy of Grand Forks, ND and many nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law, William Mullet, David Mullet, Norman Renden, Duane Loewen, sisters-in-law Hattie Blaufuss, Donna Tarver and Mary Luggerio.   Preceding Ray in death are his parents, brother, Irwin Stinar, sister, Jean Renden, brother-in-law, Bob McMenamy and niece Lynae Sondreal. Ray will be greatly missed by his family, his many friends and his pride and joy, "His Grandsons".

In Lieu of flowers, the family respectively asks that memorials are preferred.
Funeral Service: 10:30 AM on Friday, October 22, 2010 in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN.   Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, October 21, 2010 in Our Savior's Lutheran Church and also 1 hour prior Funeral Service on Friday. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN

The following was an article in the Grand Forks Herald about Ray:

Ray Stinar, a long-time head boys basketball coach at East Grand Forks Senior High, died unexpectedly Monday. Raymond Stinar, 69, of East Grand Forks, MN passed away on, October 18, 2010 at the Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. .  He was 69.

Stinar coached 14 seasons at Senior High, resigning from the position after the 1991-92 season. His Senior High teams were 148-157. His most successful seasons at Senior High were in 1984-85 and 1985-86. On teams led by future UND All-American Dave Vonesh, the Green Wave were second in the 1985 Region 8A tournament and third in the region in 1986.

Stinar's coaching career began at McVille, N.D. He also coached at Mahnomen, where he took teams to the Minnesota state basketball tournament in 1973, 1975 and 1976. He had a career record of 357-231 in 26 seasons as a basketball coach.

Stinar was a 1959 Grand Forks Central graduate. He was a standout basketball player at Central, where he was an all-conference selection as a senior. He's a member of the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, as well as the Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Stinar also excelled on the diamond. He was one of the top pitchers and starting first baseman for the Grand Forks American Legion baseball team that won the 1959 state championship. Stinar was a starting second baseman for the Grand Forks Matt's Tavern team that finished second in the 1967 Pan Am Games fastpitch softball competition. Fastpitch was an exhibition sport in the Pan Am Games at that time.
He played both baseball and basketball while attending Mayville (N.D.) State College.
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