Henry L. Kucera


Henry L. Kucera, 92, of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away peacefully in the presence of his son & daughter  on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at Corwell Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, MI.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 4:00 P.M. Friday, May 5, 2023 at Messiah Ev. Lutheran Church,  2010 Elm St., Fargo, ND, with Rev. Joel Westby officiating. Private burial will take place at Hillside  Cemetery in Fessenden, ND. Donations in Henry’s name may be made to Messiah Ev. Lutheran Church- Hour of Worship, PO Box 1562, Fargo, ND 58107 or the Henry Kucera Ag. Engineering Scholarship Fund @NDSU,, 701-231-6800. Those wishing to sign Henry’s Memory Book online may  do so at

Henry was born July 15, 1930 in Fargo to Henry T. & Mary (Shaver) Kucera. He graduated from Fessenden  High School, Class of 1948 and received an appointment to West Point but failed the eye test so he returned  to the family farm in Hamburg. Henry served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War and  following his service, enrolled in the North Dakota Air National Guard, retiring nineteen years later as  Lieutenant Colonel. Henry earned his Masters Degree in Agricultural Engineering from North Dakota State  University and taught there for thirty-three years.

Henry had a passion for connection with his family, students and fellow faculty and community. He kept  pertinent information on his iPhone to remember birthdays and other special occasions for a personal  greeting. His list totaled more than 2000 names and dates. In Henry’s life after retirement, he made it a  priority to call and visit his many family & friends daily. Henry was named teacher of the year numerous  times over his career and awarded the status of Professor Emeritus.

Following retirement, Henry continued to take classes and support the teams at ND State University to keep  his brain working and for recreation & entertainment. He had taken sixty-plus classes from history to  genetics to entomology.

Henry had a wide variety of interests. He enjoyed cars with all the bells & whistles, anything mechanical- cars, tractors & farm equipment, and even earned his private pilot’s license. He was a member of the  Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo since 1967 and supported their Hour of Worship TV broadcasts, was a  member of Agricultural Engineer Society of America and the Valley Senior Services Center in Fargo.

Henry is survived by his children-Keith (Maria) Kucera of Sunnyvale, CA, Robin (James) Kramer of St.

Joseph, MI; five grandchildren-Christian (Lisa) Kucera, Thomas (Mica) Kucera, Allison (Jon) Voss, Jacob  (Shannon) Kramer & Candice Kramer; ten great-grandchildren-Elsa, Sofia, Anders & Vera Voss, Caroline  & Elizabeth Kramer, Adler & Kelby Kucera, Caleb & Nathan Kucera; and nieces & nephews-Dean (Sue)  Nelson, Ardine (Fred) Nelson; and numerous great-nieces & great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his  sister and brother-in-law Geraldine & Arthur Nelson.

“May the Good Lord Bless and Keep All of Us.” Henry

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