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Bryce Vorachek

May 25, 1948 - November 12, 2010

Gathering:

5-7:00 P.M. Sunday, November 14 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

1:30-2:30 P.M. Monday, November 15 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:30 P.M. Monday, November 15 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Burial:

Memorial Park, Grand Forks ND.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Bryce Vorachek

May 25, 1948 - November 12, 2010

Obituary

Bryce Jon Vorachek, 62, Fargo, passed away Friday, November 12th at Essentia Health in Fargo.

Bryce was born on May 25th, 1948 in Devils Lake, North Dakota, the son of Harold James and Harriet Laura (Rindahl).  Bryce graduated from Edmore High School in 1967.  After graduation, he studied Business at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND.

While attending North Dakota State School of Science, Bryce worked as a merchandiser at Pamida.  It was there in Wahpeton, ND that he met his wife Judith Hagen, whom he married on March 6th, 1971.

In 1978, Bryce began working for grocery distributor SuperValu as a buyer and merchandiser where he continued to work until his retirement in March 2010.  In his 32-year career there Bryce gained the respect of his colleagues as a hard working trouble shooter and a reputation for being the office practical joker.

Bryce’s friendly and outgoing nature was his most endearing trait.  He was always there to greet a stranger or lend a helping hand.  Bryce is remembered for the compassion he showed everyone he encountered.  His charitable nature, dedication to his family, and love of animals will always be remembered.  Bryce enjoyed fishing with family and friends, driving the scenic routes to various destinations to see the sights, and helping those in need with his handyman skills.  He never gave up on his quest to be reunited with a 1969 GTO Judge.

Bryce is survived by his beloved, Judith, his daughter Mara (William) Vorachek-Warren, St. Louis, MO; his son Mathias (Erin) Vorachek, Port Orchard, WA; his brothers Keith (Laurel) Vorachek, Anchorage, AK; and James (Mildred) Vorachek, Red Lodge, MT.  He was preceded in death by his father Harold, mother Harriet, and brother Ross.

Memorials may be sent to the FM Humane Society and the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, NC. 

Bryce’s family would like to send a special note of gratitude to the staff at Essentia Health who cared for him during his struggle. 

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25 responses to “Bryce Vorachek”

  1. Lois (Moen) Lykken says:

    Milton ND
    Bryce was a few years ahead of me in school, but he always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. From reading other codolences, he was the same way all through his life. Just so sorry that you had to lose him when he had retired. God’s love be with you.

  2. Patti and Jerry Erickson says:

    Sun City West AZ
    Dear Judy, Mara and Matt,
    We last saw Bryce when we stopped to see him at his Super Valu office, now many years ago. Was fun to remember good times with our folks and get-togethers in Edmore and Wahpeton. Once we hosted a reunion in Mayville, ND
    when Jim and Mitzi were home. When younger and we lived in Oakes, I recall TRYING to ride a horse for the first time when visiting in Edmore. I’m a first cousin to Bryce my Dad, Melvin Rindahl, was Aunt Harriet’s only brother. Though infrequent, we always loved our visits with the Voracheks. Judy, I remember being at Mara’s HS graduation and admiring your colorful house 🙂 From there I stayed awhile at my Mom Marie’s in Hillsboro.
    It is always so difficult when a loved one leaves us. We pray for God to comfort you all and your extended families. Bryce indeed loved life. You have not lost him – you know Where he is. In the Shepherd’s Love, Cousin Patti and Jerry. At times like this, it is so hard to be so far away from family.
    My sister, Sharon will bring our love to you.

  3. Sharon Laughlin says:

    St. Louis Park MN
    I had the great fortune to work with Bryce at SuperValu. I was so impressed with his knowledge and how he could work magic with getting things resolved. He was so dedicated and always took time to talk and teach about a question I had to make sure it was done right. I always wondered what we would do without Bryce here, when he retired. He was the one person who always had the answers. He was missed when he retired but I always hoped I would be able to talk to him again about how life was going for him in the retirement phase. Bryce will never be forgotten, and I thank him for what he taught me with always a smile and wink. A great person has passed and God will benefit from him now.

  4. Larry Muehlberg says:

    Shorewood MN
    Dear Judy, Mara, and Matt, I was very saddened to hear that I lost a great friend that I failed to keep in touch with over the years. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bryce was always a special person in my life. We were buddies at Science School, cutting classes to play pool and in the winter time, sneaking down to Pelican Lake near Ashby to ice fish in my dad’s fish house. We’d almost always caught fish, but it was late when we headed back to Wahpeton, so we dropped the fish off at the police station. There isn’t a time I drive by the Ashby exit that I don’t think about Bryce. And I recall the time I drove his Z 28 Camaro back to Wyndmere when he decided to stay at the party in Fargo. I was really big stuff driving a car like that! The next morning I drove it to church in Wyndmere and was horrfied to hear the engine knocking when I started it up! And of course, there were some exciting times at the Sportsman’s Bar in Wahpeton that I will fill you in on at some future date. Bryce will always be remembered as a great friend.

    Larry and Peggy Muehlberg

  5. Kyle Lovgren says:

    Williston ND
    Judy & family, Keith & family, Jim & family,
    Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time. I have always considered Bryce as one of my great friends, someone I thought highly of throughout my life and he will be greatly missed, he is a good man. This is when I remind myself how short and fleeting life is but for me it seems it ends at that, just a reminder. Judy, thank you so much for your thoughtful call the other night, I wish I would have asked or said more but that was my failing. I have had many thoughts, good thoughts over the past few days, of times years ago. Of thoughts and memories not forgotten, just not dusted off and reminisced about, like the Judge, crop hail insurance adjustment trips and the like! I have stories of many occasions and associations with Bryce and Keith that I relate to my children with great pleasure. To Judy, Keith, Jim and families, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope the knowledge that Bryce is in a better place will help you through these difficult times.
    Kyle

  6. Lew and Tricia Affronti says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Much love, The Affrontis

  7. Kelly Lindmeyer says:

    Hopkins MnMy thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Bryce. I worked with Bryce at the Northern Region in Hopkins and he was ALWAYS helpful and friendly. He will be missed.
    Kelly Lindmeyer

  8. Brad Willems says:

    I had the opportunity to work with Bryce for the last three years of his career at Supervalu. I was always impressed with his work ethic. That however was overshadowed by his love and affection for his family. Bryce always told it like it was. He will be greatly missed but I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  9. Duane Talge says:

    Moorhead Minnesota
    Judy, Mara and Matt,
    Although I will not be able to attend today’s service Lilla and I want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. A memorial will follow by mail.
    It’s only over the past few days that I have been aware of Bryce’s struggle – I wish that I could have maintained a closer relationship with my friends and former coworkers at SuperValu – a great bunch of people who obviously cared very much about Bryce and his family.
    Bryce was simply a very good man – a guy you could always count on to get the job done – and have a fun time doing it. I enjoyed the time we worked together – Lilla remiinded me of the time we had the General Merchandise gang to our house for dinner – good memories. SuperValu lost a good friend in Bryce, as did the many people who had the good fortune to know him over the years.
    We will be thinking about you during this difficult time – God bless.
    Duane & Lilla Talge

  10. katherine holmes says:

    virginia beach va.Dear Mara..please know that your Academy family is thinking about you.

  11. Winnie Sipprell says:

    Minnetonka Minnesota
    I am so sorry to hear of the death of Bryce. It was such a shock to hear about it. I retired 18 months ago but worked with Bryce at Supervalu for many years. He was always a pleasure to work with and did could be counted upon to see humor in many things. I will be praying for you and your family to see you through this time of loss and hope that you will find comfort in each other in this difficult time.

  12. Nancy Meader says:

    Minneapolis MN
    Bryce was a wonderful person! He was always willling to share his knowledge and guide me as I learned my way in the world of Supervalu. He always managed to make me smile and laugh! My thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family and friends during this time of sorrow.

  13. Kathy Hobbs says:

    Chesapeake VADear Mara and family,

    Sarah, Mark, and I send our best wishes to you.

    Fondly,
    Kathy

  14. Judy Hedrick says:

    Norfolk VAMara and Trey,
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that when we lose our parents, it is very difficult.
    Judy

  15. Jim Noeldner says:

    Bryce – Ironic that we would start togther in our early days at SV and end working together as you retired. Great memories, and I will always remember a Great , dedicated individual, that always strove for perfection, worked harder than most, and always went the “extra mile” for fellow workers, and retailers.
    You may be gone, but not forgotten.

  16. Roger and Carmen Nygaard says:

    Edmore ND
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Bryce. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.

  17. Kevin, Kim, Brayden, & Tristan Keegan says:

    Waconia MN
    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. I would like to share with you who Bryce was to the Keegan’s. Bryce started out as a friendly neighbor and very quickly grew to be a good friend. I think he was Brayden’s (7 now) favorite person to say hi to. When he was about 3, he use top play at the window. And everyday Bryce got home from work he would say “Hi Bryce” and sure enough he sould say back “Hi Brayden”. Brayden would get so excited. Brayden took advantage of that though and would ask bryce to buy stuff for is fundraisers and of course he would buy them. I am not sure if he ever baked all the cookie dough he buoght. 🙂 And there was the time when he called me asking if it was ok for 2 pretty girls to break into my house. (They were Kim’s friends from out of town) And then there was the winter that got him so mad at the snow that he bought the snow blower. And then he gave me a hard time. Reason is that one heavy snow fall, Bryce was out of town for the holiday’s with his family I assume, and I shoveled his driveway for him. He told me I was crazy and should have used the snow blower. So when I was out of town, or he took a day off, if it snowed, he took care of my driveway. (Boy he hated the snow plows though!) I am very gratedful for the memories I have of Bryce. We consider ourselves luck to have had Bryce as a neighbor. Even though he had a better yard than i did. 🙂 I tried my best and he still got me. OK, as you can see by now Bryce and I both had the gift of gab and most of our hellos last for a minimum of 15 or 20 minutes. 🙂
    Bryce will be in our prayers. Please take care,
    Kevin, Kim, Brayden, and Tristan Keegan

  18. Arden & Donna Nyland says:

    Grand Forks ND
    Bryce and I grew up together in Edmore and we played together often. I remember playing Cowboys and Indians, riding bikes and playing cricket. I had many good times at his home and have many good memories. He was a classmate of my wife Donna. She considered him the best looking and kindest boy in her class. I am sure he will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with you. Arden & Donna

  19. Paul and Dorothy Ness says:

    Sun City West AZ
    Judy, Mara, and Matt,
    Judy, thanks so much for letting us know of Bryce’s passing. You are in our thoughts constantly as we remember all of the great times with you. It was way too early for him to leave us but we have no control over that. He will be missed. We don’t think of childhood friends as much as we should until they start leaving us.
    We are in Arizona, so we will be with you in thought during this period of grief.

  20. Mike Thiesen says:

    Shakopee minnesotaBryce was a very good friend and great SUPERVALU co-worker. I’ll always remember his humor, his great grin, and the many discussions we had. A Montana fishing trip remains a highlight and some of my favorite “Bryceisms”.
    Bryce loved his family and talked proudly of his kids, their spouses and Judy. He loved his friends and co-workers, too.
    Bryce will be missed greatly, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    We’ll miss you “Buckshot”, but we won’t forget.

  21. Marv and Babe Mortenson says:

    Bagley MN
    Dear Judy, Mara and Matt,

    Cass called last night to say that Bryce had passed away. We are so very sorry and know his struggle to live must have been difficult for him in the end. We always cherished our relationship with both Bryce and you, Judy, while our boys went back and forth over the years as they were growing up. I so enjoyed getting to know Mara and Matt as students and always liked taking Matt with us to the lake on week-ends in the summer. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Marv and Babe Mortenson

  22. Bill Greene says:

    Moorhead MN
    Bryce was a co-worker of mine at SUPERVALU and a good friend. We had many good times. Bryce was always up for meeting challenges and worked hard until they were resolved. I learned a lot from Bryce. He was always eager to help everyone. He was a great teacher and mentor to many of his co-workers. My thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family and friends in our time of healing and in our rememberance of Bryce’s life journey.

  23. Robin Lichtblau says:

    Burnsville MN
    Bryce was a wonderful friend and co-worker. I will never forget our talks on the flights out to Tacoma or his need to entertain everyone with his singing. Those were good times and I will cherish them forever.

  24. marjie jonasson says:

    edinubrg ndJudy, Mara, Matt and family

    Bryce was a wonderful and caring man. I was always proud he was my cousin. My mother thought so much of him. Now, they are visiting and having coffee in heaven! I love you all. Marjie

  25. Mathias Vorachek says:

    Port Orchard WADad, you will always be my hero. I cherish all of the lessons you taught me over the years and will carry them with my for the rest of my life. You were taken from us too soon, but there is a bigger purpose for you now. I love you forever.

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