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Published December 02, 2012, 12:00 AM

Ernest Buchholz

Ernest Buchholz, 90, Durbin, N D., died Friday, November 30, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

Ernest Buchholz

Ernest Buchholz, 90, Durbin, N D., died Friday, November 30, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

Ernest Elroy Buchholz was born March 15, 1922, the son of William and Amelia (Baumgarten) in their farm home near Lynchburg, North Dakota. He attended grade school at Goshen District #20 and graduated from Casselton High School in 1940. Following graduation he stayed on the farm, in Section 5 of Maple River Township and helped his father.

He learned flying in his early twenties and soon bought his own plane. Fox hunting became a great winter sport in the 40’s. In 1947-48, when the snow blocked the roads for months, he helped deliver the mail on the Durbin route by air. He also flew highway road workers to the Kathryn, North Dakota area where they worked on clearing the roads.

Ernie married Ruth Kirmis, November 14, 1948 in Lisbon, ND. Together they farmed for over 61 years. First, Ernie started a large cattle and hog feeding operation. As his farming interests expanded, he gradually eased out of the livestock business to concentrate on grain and sugar beets. As a progressive man, he started the certified seed-cleaning business, Buchholz Seed Farm. He was actively engaged in the farm operation his whole life, still combining through the 2012 harvest.

He was baptized and confirmed at Goshen Moravian Church. He served as a director for REA and as a member of the school board for the Central Cass School District. He enjoyed hunting and was always interested in politics. He enjoyed visiting with family and people wherever he was. He had traveled to Russia, made many trips around the United States, and had made a final trip to Alaska this summer.

Ernie was a well-read man; he had an abiding passion for news of the world and agriculture. He encouraged doing well in school and the pursuit of career education. Ernie passed on a love of the land to his children, the value of hard work, thrift, and the worth of a dollar.

Ernie is survived by seven children: Marjorie (Sanford) Quammen, Battle Lake, MN; Joan (Gary) Lee, Casselton; Judy (David) Frueh, Martin, ND.; Bill (Sonia) Buchholz, Casselton; Naomi (Fred) Aziz, Jamestown, ND.; John Buchholz, Durbin; and Mary (Jeff) Lane, Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Ernie was preceded in death by his wife Ruth in 2012, his parents, and sister Frances Dittmer.

Visitation: Monday, December 3, 2012 from 5 to 7 in West Funeral Chapel, Casselton, ND, with a prayer service at 7.

Funeral: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 10:30 in the Goshen Moravian Church, Durbin, ND.

Burial: Goshen Cemetery.

Online: westfuneralhome.com