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Donald Hettervig

February 14, 1936 - March 07, 2015

Funeral Service - Tuesday

March 10, 2015 2:00 P.M.

Hillsboro United Parish

Prayer Service - Monday

March 09, 2015

Hillsboro United Parish

Visitation - Monday

March 09, 2015
5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Hillsboro United Parish


Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro

Donald Hettervig

February 14, 1936 - March 07, 2015


Donald Eugene Hettervig, 79, of Hillsboro, ND passed away on March 7, 2015 at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND surrounded by his family following a brief illness. Donald was born February 14, 1936 to Henry and Irene (Coulter) Hettervig. He attended grade school at Herberg Township School and graduated from Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN in 1954.

Donald married Mavis Anderson on November 11, 1961 at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. They farmed near Hillsboro, ND until 2003 when they retired and moved to Hillsboro. He served on the Herberg Township Board, Mobil Oil Board, and various Hillsboro United Parish committees. He also enjoyed driving school bus for the Hillsboro School District.

Donald and Mavis enjoyed traveling, reaching all 50 states and nearly all the Canadian Provinces. They spent their winters in Apache Junction, AZ. His favorite hobbies were gardening, bingo, playing cards with friends and collecting antique tractors, especially 2 cylinder John Deere’s. Time spent with his family and grandchildren and attending their activities was very special to him.

Donald is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mavis; daughters Kimberly (Mark) Anderson of West Fargo, ND; Jodi (Steven) Kyllo of Blanchard, ND; 4 grandchildren, Brandon Anderson and Jessica Anderson, both of West Fargo, ND; Ethan Kyllo, Fargo, ND and Jocelyn Kyllo, Blanchard, ND. Two sisters, Frances Goodrich, Bellevue, WA; and Barbara Hettervig, Mayville, ND.

Donald was preceded in death by his son, Jason Dale, in 1981; and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a charity of your choice.


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22 responses to “Donald Hettervig”

  1. Dean and Leah Skjerven says:

    Dearest Friends—-how saddened we were to learn of Dons passing early this morning—-he was so special to us as are all of you—-Dean and Don go back a long way and he will surely be missed by so many—he was a kind and gentle man —-Mavis and families we extend our deepest sympathies—see you soon and RIP Don—Love you all—-Love Leah and Dean

  2. Julie Doughty says:

    We didn’t live near Donald and Mavis when I was growing up, but visits were the best of times. We always were treated well and did lots of activities. I grew up in a city so a visit to the farm was unique. I remember being about 14, not having a driver’s license and Don having me drive a truck across farm roads. I wanted to use the riding lawnmower and Don had 6 year old Jason show me how. I didn’t have his mechanical gifts.

    More recently trips have included more reminiscing as we toured around or playing cards. They taught me to play whist then Don and I teamed up and won. I think, perhaps, we were a little competitive.

    We eagerly awaited when he and Mavis visited. Those were cherished times.

  3. Elroy and Jean Ackerman says:

    We feel for your loss of Donald. Elroy enjoyed talking with him and I felt honored to know him. May God by with you, Mavis, and your whole family. With love, Elroy and Jean

  4. Don & Arleeta Foss says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Mavis & Family. Donald was a very fine man. One of the very best! God bless you all.

  5. Shannon (Borke) VanHorn says:

    Kim, Mavis, Jodi, and families,

    I am so sorry to hear about Don’s death. I truly know how much this hurts right now. I will not be able to attend either service, but will keep you all in my prayers. Hillsboro is a wonderful community. I hope the outreach of your friends and families help you through this difficult time.


  6. Don and Pam Lawrence says:

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family of Don. I have great memories of conversations with him and found him an extraoridinary gift to mankind. Warm and generous of heart; a soul who will be missed in our community. God Rest the memory of a good man.

  7. Bill Doughty says:

    Mavis, Kim, Jody and families, I want to add my expression of love and sympathy hearing of Donald’s death. In him, we have seen a man of character and integrity — a good example to all of us. It will be a treasured memory as we think of Donald and Mavis’ visits to California. We know how much he loved his family and your great love for him. We will miss him.

  8. Carol & Dale Stenerson "FAMILY"!! says:

    Mavis & “DONALD” Hettervig “FAMILY”;A Famous Song of “OUR”generation was THANKS FOR THE “MEMORIES” & because of people like DON & you OUR GENERATION, especially farmers & “HERBERG FARMERS had the tools to enjoy the best years since the “NATIVE AMERICANS” were in the RED RIVER VALLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!! Also from some my first “OFFICIAL” Herberg Twp Clerk duties I got to know Don & I remember yet what a fine fellow he was!!!!!!!! THE MANY YEARS AFTER, brought a lot of “SADNESS”, GOD BLESS THE MEMORIES OF ALSO OF SON YOU LOST AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE, “BUT YOUR SUPER DELIGHTFUL GIRLS I got to know @ ASC other places help, me and all of us to focus on the present & “FUTURE”!!!!! I have have years & years of more Don related treasured memories, “but” being I mentioned Herberg twp & Don & the boards, all were SUPPORTERS of”BOTH” THE HILLSBORO & HALSTAD FIRE DEPARTMENTS, You will be getting a notice that we are giving a monetary gift in “HIS HONOR” to the 2 HALSTAD CEMETARYS Where our pioneer folks are buried: Respectfully Carol & Dale S.

  9. Emma (Hettervig) Sundeen says:

    Aunt Mavis and Cousins Kim and Jodi and families,

    I will always remember the Holidays and Family Gatherings we spent together. I remember those card games the adults played and the fun we kids had playing together. Donald was a Wonderful Uncle and I will so miss him. I am unable to attend either service but the thoughts and prayers and hugs are coming from me in Wyoming. There is a wonderful and glorious reunion going on right now that all of us will enjoy one day. And since there has to be a little humor – I do remember the times when Donald would get a hair and when I was sleeping he would rub it on my nose and then of course I would brush my nose with my hand and he would do it all over again. I remember being a little kid and always being so excited to go to see Donald and Mavis and Kim, Jodi and Jason. We will always have those wonderful memories. Mavis, Kim and Jodi and families I love you very much. Rest in peace Uncle Donald, I love you.

    Emma Sundeen, Green River, Wyoming.

  10. sara smith says:

    My deepest sympathy thoughts and prayers are with you mavis, kim and jodi.

  11. Helen & Ralph Punton says:

    Know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hard to be so far away at times like this. Don was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Sincere Sympathy and Love to all. Helen & Ralph

  12. Helen & Ralph Punton says:

    Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hard to be so far away at times like this. Don was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed. Sincere Sympathy to all. Love, Helen and Ralph

  13. Teddy & Margo Beach says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you Mavis and your family. Don was a good man and a dear friend & neighbor of the Beach family. Loving thoughts to you from Teddy & Margo Beach.

  14. Craig Goodrich says:

    This may be a duplicate entry since I thought I sent one yesterday. In any event, I wanted to say how saddened we were with the passing of Uncle Donald. He is the person that taught me to tie my shoes when I was four years old. He came out to Seattle via train when he was about 20 years old. This was the mode of transportation in those days. He was kind and considerate. I still tie my shoes the same way. Kindness is a powerful force especially in families.
    Uncle Donald also taught me how to start and operate a tractor when we visited North Dakota. This may not have been such a good idea since i was likely only 9 years old. He also showed us the grain silo, the grease pit in the garage and the facilities that were outdoors and behind a row of trees. We enjoyed visitng the farm with the chickens, cows and pigs. This life style provides a good environment for growing up and developing values.

    In later years we enjoyed visits from the Hettervigs and opportunities to share family history information and experiences. I could also see the way that being married to Mavis helped round out my Uncle Donald and how he was a good father.

  15. Ted and Darlene Dvorak says:

    Dear Mavis and family
    Ted and I were so shock to hear of Don’s passing (just read in todays GF Herald) Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  16. Patrice and Mitch Elliott says:

    Mavis, Kim, Jodie and Families,

    Mom let us know about the sudden loss of Don. Our sympathy goes out to all of you. It is so hard to lose these very special people, but they are part of us forever. I remember hanging out at the Hettervig house as a kid and Don and Mavis always made it such a loving home. I know you all have so many wonderful memories to cherish. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Patrice and Mitch

  17. Wayne and Cindy Kuster says:

    We were saddened to hear of Donald’s passing. Wayne so enjoyed visiting with him. God Bless.


    you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Don was a very fun person to talk with and joke around with. he will be missed. May God bless the memory of Don Hettervig. Wayne and Nancy DickHoff

  19. Lyle and Bonnie Bring, Arizona says:

    Jodi, Steve and family,

    Our sincere sympathy to you at this sad time. Hugs to all.

  20. Marissa Houston says:

    I was saddened to hear about the passing of Donald. You have been in our thoughts. Donald was always so kind to my family and I. I have fond memories of a trip my family took to North Dakota when I was a child. More recently I enjoyed when Donald and Mavis stopped at our home in Vancouver, Washington. My boys love to play basketball on their little tykes hoop, but it had broken. While Donald was here he played with them and even held the broken hoop for them to shoot on. The boys had so much fun and he was quite a sport….his arm had to have been tired by the end.

  21. Steve and Kelli Lyng says:

    Mavis, Kim, and Jodi

    I just heard about Don, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I will never forget working for you in the summer of 1984, Don was a great man and so fun to work for. Our sympathies to you all at this time!

    God Bless,
    Steve and Kelli

  22. Gary & Christine Anderson says:

    Mavis, Kim and Jodi
    We are so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. Mavis, we know you had a long and happy life together. Always enjoyed hearing about your travels and all that you did as a family. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

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