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Published February 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

Henry H. Riske

Henry H. Riske, a lifelong resident of Grafton, N.D., passed away at Elim Care in Fargo February 15, 2013.

Henry was born September 4, 1920 in rural Warsaw, N.D. the first child of Martin H. and Frances V. (nee Stoltman) Riske. He attended grade school in Warsaw and graduated from high school in Minto, N.D. Henry worked on the family farm until he entered the Army Air Force. During the war he was a mechanic on Lockheed's P-38 Lightening. He went to mechanic school in Santa Monica, California before being deployed to China and the Far East. He won his honorable discharge and returned home to marry his sweetheart Leona M. Misialek, daughter of John and Delphina Misialek.

Henry H. Riske

Henry H. Riske, a lifelong resident of Grafton, N.D., passed away at Elim Care in Fargo February 15, 2013.

Henry was born September 4, 1920 in rural Warsaw, N.D. the first child of Martin H. and Frances V. (nee Stoltman) Riske. He attended grade school in Warsaw and graduated from high school in Minto, N.D. Henry worked on the family farm until he entered the Army Air Force. During the war he was a mechanic on Lockheed's P-38 Lightening. He went to mechanic school in Santa Monica, California before being deployed to China and the Far East. He won his honorable discharge and returned home to marry his sweetheart Leona M. Misialek, daughter of John and Delphina Misialek.

For most of his life, he worked for Gorder & Torgeson Implement in Grafton, the John Deere dealer. He began as a mechanic, but in 1956 he moved to sales until he retired in 1985. Today the dealership is called True North Equipment. Henry often said he regarded his customers as his friends. He worked hard to show them the farm equipment that would serve their needs most efficiently. During harvest, he made himself available for breakdowns, often leaving home during a meal with his trusty tool box.

Henry served several years in the North Dakota National Guard. He was active at St. John's Catholic Church. His proudest accomplishment was the committee he served upon that led to the building of a brand new church building in the Sixties. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus.

Henry also served in various offices of the American Legion, including its Commander. He served memorial services with his good friends in the Legion for many years.

Henry was a solid, loyal husband, father, grandfather and friend who set out to be gentle and understanding. All enjoyed his gentle nature, his sense of humor and his quick intelligence, even to the end.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Leona M. Riske; son Martin "Marty"(Anne) Riske of Fargo and daughter Kathryn "Kathy" (George) Perrin of Mandan; grandson Shawn Perrin, Scottsdale, AZ; grandson John M. (Blythe) Riske, Oakland, CA; granddaughter Kelly D. Riske, Fargo; great grandson, August B. Riske, Oakland, Ca; his brother Steven (Leonardo) Riske, Los Angeles, CA.,; and his sister Regina "Reggie" (Odell) Stadstad, Manvel.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Johnny Riske and his sister Irene (Richard) Teske.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Warsaw, ND.

An online guest book is available at: www.tollefsonfuneralhome.com

The Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton is in charge of the arrangements.

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