Irvin C. Weitzel, 93, North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, ND, formerly of Fargo, ND, died Monday, August 10, 2015 at the Veterans Home, under the loving care of the staff and CHI Hospice.
Irvin Charles Weitzel was born February 18, 1922 in Fargo, ND to Carl and Alice (Bordson) Weitzel. He attended school at Horace Mann Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School and graduated from Central High in 1941. He attended NDSU (AC-Agriculture College back then) and learned the welding trade. He worked at Fargo Tank Company, and then at Duluth, MN, welding in the shipyards. From there, Irvin worked for E.W. Elliot Oil Company, laying and welding pipeline from Whitehorse, Yukon to the Arctic Circle. Returning to Fargo, he worked for N.W. Airlines in equipment service, before being drafted in the Army Air Force in 1945. He did his basic training at Sheppard Field, TX, and was stationed at Lowry Field, Denver, CO, before being honorably discharged in 1946, ranking as Corporal.
Upon returning from the service, Irvin worked for the Veterans Administration in the Records Department. On April 28, 1949, he married Marlys Jurgenson. They were married for 54 years. Irvin and Marlys had three children, Linda, Jeffrey and Bruce. Irvin and Marlys spent many winters out west visiting their good friends, the Doyles. Marlys passed away March of 2004. Irvin worked full time at Service Chevrolet as an auto mechanic, and part time bartending at the Empire Tavern in downtown Fargo, before beginning his career in the house painting business. He started out working for Backer Decorating, and then started his own painting business, Weitzel Decorating, which he ran for many years in Fargo, along with his son Bruce, and Ray Pritchett. Irvin was a long time member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, American Legion, Eagles Club, and the VFW.
Irvin was an avid deer, goose and duck hunter. He hunted mule deer in the ND Badlands for 40 years. In his early hunting years, he hunted all winter for fox, coyote, bobcat, and jackrabbits. He also was an avid fisherman, making many trips to Canada, Devils Lake, Lake Sakakawea, and Minnesota, along with ice fishing in the winter. He was an outdoorsman, and especially loved the Sandhills area. Irvin also had a passion for vegetable gardening, especially tomatoes. He enjoyed sharing his produce with friends, family, and neighbors! Dancing, playing cards, and making people laugh, and feel good about themselves, was a favorite pastime for him. His remarkable goofy, slap-stick sense of humor touched many lives. Neighborhood children would come to the door and ask if “Scurvie Irvie” could come out and play! He had a very kind, giving heart, and he will be dearly missed.
Irvin is survived by his daughter, Linda Graf, West Fargo; son, Jeffrey (Sharon) Weitzel, Fargo; grandchildren, Nathan Graf, Fargo; Courtney (Matt) Sletten, Minneapolis, MN; Jason Weitzel, California; Adam Weitzel, Fargo; great-grandchildren, Chloe Sletten, Minneapolis, MN; Chase, Paige and Alyssa Berger, Glen Ullin, ND; sisters-in-law, Susie Weitzel, Fargo; Lila (Gregg) Ericksen, Detroit Lakes, MN; brother-in-law, Douglas Jurgenson, Milwaukee, WI; and several nieces and nephews; and close, personal friend, Raymond Pritchett, Las Vegas, NV. Preceding him in death are his parents, Carl and Alice; his wife, Marlys; son, Bruce; brothers, Maurice Hannum and Wyan Weitzel; sisters-in-law, Kay Hannum and Joan Jurgenson.
God bless his memory.
Memorials preferred to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Fargo or North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon.