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Milton S. Yergens

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Milton Stewart Yergens, of Fargo, ND, passed away suddenly on August 31, 2022.

Milton was born on July 20, 1949, in Fosston, MN, to Stewart and Mildred (Wold) Yergens and grew up on the farm in McIntosh, MN. An early interest in art and a deep curiosity for the world around him, led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in architecture at North Dakota State University and later a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Arizona.

On May 11, 1974, Milton was united in marriage to Barbara “Barbie” Bredeson and welcomed a daughter, Molly in 1981. Through the years, they provided a welcoming home to high school exchange students from around the world.

Milton delighted in the form and beauty of objects, images, and the built environment. Alongside his architectural practice in Fargo, ND, Bainbridge Island, WA, and Bemidji, MN, he designed and built guitars, made drawings and watercolor sketches, created graphic design projects and paintings, along with producing digital drawings that brightened the social media feeds of family, friends, and admirers far and wide.

Milton loved attending art exhibitions, connecting with people, cooking, playing guitar, learning new things, and embarking on all sorts of projects. Until the time of his passing, Milton was an inspiring and encouraging educator, who brought enthusiasm and warmth to his students and colleagues at the Department of Architecture at NDSU. He was filled with ideas and creative energy, and was a generous, kind soul, with an extraordinary sense of humor and zest for life.

Milton is survived by his wife, Barbara “Barbie” Yergens; his daughter, Molly Yergens, her wife Julia Maria Pellicciotti; his sister, Clarice (Robert) Beresford of Duluth, MN; his brother-in-law, James Bredeson of Santa Fe, NM, nieces and nephews, and Corgi Alfie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stewart and Mildred.

Visitation for Milton will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2022 in Korsmo Funeral Chapel from 5pm-7pm. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 11am in Concordia College - Knutson Center Centrum, Moorhead.

Interment will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, McIntosh, MN. Arrival time for burial will be 3:30pm.

Memorials may be addressed to: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 417 Main Avenue, Suite 401, Fargo, ND 58103.

Arrangements entrusted to Korsmo Funeral and Cremation Service of Moorhead, MN.

Memories may be shared at www.korsmofuneralservice.com

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