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Published July 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Craig M. Gullickson

Craig M. Gullickson, 63, a loving father and former special educational instructor, died of pneumonia Monday afternoon at Essentia Health.

He died around 1:30 p.m. in his hospital room with his family in his presence. A private memorial service will be Thursday at Boulger Funeral Home. To respect his last wishes, it is just for his family and close friends.

Craig M. Gullickson

Craig M. Gullickson, 63, a loving father and former special educational instructor, died of pneumonia Monday afternoon at Essentia Health.

He died around 1:30 p.m. in his hospital room with his family in his presence. A private memorial service will be Thursday at Boulger Funeral Home. To respect his last wishes, it is just for his family and close friends.

Craig Michael Gullickson was born on July 24, 1949 in Thief River Falls, Minn., to Donald and Lois Gullickson.

He married Kathy Vchulek on July 3, 1981 in Fargo. They had two children and spent their marriage in Fargo while he taught in Wahpeton, and then worked with school district 56. He retired in 2008 and spent the rest of his days spending time with his family.

He enjoyed traveling when he was young and drove across the country with his friends, picking up odd-jobs along the way. His love for travel tied in with his love for nature and camping outside beneath the stars.

Besides his influence with nature, he was also heavily influenced by his artistic side, which can be seen in his photography and paintings. Even though he had many loves, his biggest love in his life was his family. He cherished his time spent with them and looked forward to every time he was able to see them. He loved them, was proud of them, and his spirit will soar over them for the rest of their lives.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathy; son Lee Gullickson of Fargo, ND; daughter Mary Gullickson of Fargo, ND; his mother Lois Gullickson of Fargo, ND; sister Cyd Gullickson of Fargo, ND; and by many nieces and nephews. Craig was preceded in death by his father Donald and his sister Gale.

For more information on his services or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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