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Published February 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Allen V. (Al) Warkenthien

Allen V. (Al) Warkenthien, age 78, of Fargo, ND, formerly of Clark, SD, died on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in Fargo following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 16th, at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clark. The Rev. Gary Anderson will officiate and burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery at Clark.

Allen V. (Al) Warkenthien

Allen V. (Al) Warkenthien, age 78, of Fargo, ND, formerly of Clark, SD, died on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in Fargo following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 16th, at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clark. The Rev. Gary Anderson will officiate and burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery at Clark.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday.

Allen (Al) Verdell Warkenthien, was born on May 20th 1934, in Clark County SD, to Vernon and Nancy (Waxdahl) Warkenthien. He died on February 12, 2013 in Fargo, ND at the age of 78.

Allen graduated from Thorpe High School in Clark County in 1952. Al married Kay O'Connor of Clark, SD, on Oct 4th 1957 in Alexandria, MN, and made their home there. They had 5 children in their early years of marriage, and lived in Carlos, MN where the kids went to grade school. Al was hired by White Farm Equipment in 1965 as a Service Representative, and traveled extensively to dealers in his tri-state territory. Al took a job offer within the company in 1971, and relocated to Fargo, as Service Manager. In 1976, he was offered a job with Melroe Ag Division in Bismarck ND, as National Service Manager. He would travel the U.S. and overseas countries supporting Melroe's dealers and products. Both he and Kay retired on the same day in July 1995, and spent their retirement years as residents of Garrison, ND. With Kay's passing in April 2007, Al moved back to Clark the next year, something he had always wanted to do. He had been living at Bethany Homes in Fargo since July 2012.

Al loved people, and had the belief, that strangers didn’t exist. That person was just a friend that he hadn’t met yet. He loved his family, first and foremost, and was ALWAYS there for them. He loved Oliver tractors, and he enjoyed taking his two restored tractors to shows, and parades. He was a great leader, and mentor to many of his employees. Al and Kay also loved to spend their winters in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and did so for 17 consecutive years. Nothing gave him greater happiness than to hear from his children, and grandchildren, and to learn of their latest accomplishments. Al was a devoted Christian, and his faith was extremely important to him. He and Kay were charter members of Charity Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND.

Al is survived by his daughter Laureen (Sandra) Andrews, Pleasant Hills, Ca.; two sons, Brad (Heidi) Warkenthien and Dean (Darcy) Warkenthien, Fargo, ND; five grandchildren, Angel Andrews, Martinez, CA., Dylan (Dara) Warkenthien, Jamestown, ND, Derek Warkenthien, Fargo, ND, Devin Warkenthien, San Diego, Ca., and Dustin Warkenthien, Fargo, ND; three great-grandchildren; Adia Andrews, Martinez, Ca., Aubriana Warkenthien, Fargo, ND, and Brady Warkenthien, Jamestown, ND; two sisters, Ardys (Will) Fischer, Longmont, CO., Ruth Swanson, Concord, CA., and a brother, Vern (Jerri) of Superior, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 49-1/2 years, Kay, son Terry, and infant twin daughter Brenda.

The Furness Funeral Home of Clark is in charge of arrangements.

www.furnessfuneralhome.com

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