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Published June 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Norman C. Rudel

March 9, 1928 - June 17, 2013

Norman Chester Rudel, 85, of Fessenden, ND, died on June 17, 2013, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND.

Norman C. Rudel

March 9, 1928 - June 17, 2013

Norman Chester Rudel, 85, of Fessenden, ND, died on June 17, 2013, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND.

Norman was born on March 9, 1928 near Fessenden, ND. The son of Ed and Emma (Pepple) Rudel, he grew up on the family farm along the James River. He attended school in the "New Germantown" country school and at Fessenden High. He married Norma Meland on December 29, 1950. They lived on the family farm until the couple moved to Fessenden in 1985.

Norman was a passionate farmer and faithful servant. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Fessenden. He served on the church's council, Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd Board, Fessenden Co-op Association Board, Wells & Sheridan County Aging Council, Fessenden's Industrial Planning Committee, Wells County Downs board, and the Wells County Festival Hall and Grandstand Restoration projects.

Norman had a keen passion for supporting the effective management of North Dakota's water resources. He served for the Wells County and ND Water Resource Boards and the ND Water Users Association. Governor Sinner appointed Norman to the ND State Water Commission. Also a member of the Garrison Diversion Board of Directors, he was committed to a stronger future for all of North Dakota by assuring a reliable, high quality, and affordable water supply.

Beyond his love of farming, Norman enjoyed friendships and family for thirty years on Cotton Lake (Rochert, MN), traveling, and hunting. Above all, he valued time spent with his family - most often in the first row for countless grandchildren events across the region.

Norman is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Norma of Fessenden; daughters, Nancy Stratman (Bob Schaefer) - Hutchinson, MN, Rebecca 'Becky' Rudel (Keith Arneson) - Northwood, ND, Carol (Kent) Wolkenhauer - Fessenden, and Renee (Paul) Ivesdal - Edmore, ND; grandchildren, Amy (John) Girlando, Justin Stratman (Isabel Garcia), Heidi Torgerson-Martinez (Marcelo Martinez), Jill (Nicolas) Titze, Kristen Torgerson, Nicole (Dan) Larson, and Caitlan Wolkenhauer; six great grandchildren, Jake & Ava Girlando, Gianna Stratman, Kate Martinez, Isla Titze, and Dylan Larson; his brother, Arlyn (Doris) Rudel of Rapid City, and several nieces and nephews.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Howard, Chester, Myra (Reitan) and Dennis; and son-in-law Bruce Stratman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.

Celebration of Norman's Life: Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Fessenden.

Visitation: Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden

Burial: Hillside Cemetery in Fessenden.

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