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Kenneth Fuhrman

November 21, 1935 - May 02, 2015

Funeral Service - Tuesday

May 12, 2015 11:00 A.M. with a visitation one hour prior.

Calvary United Methodist Church

Visitation - Monday

May 11, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Calvary United Methodist

Prayer Service - Monday

- 7:00 pm

Calvary United Methodist Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Kenneth Fuhrman

November 21, 1935 - May 02, 2015


Kenneth James Fuhrman, age 79, Fargo, ND, died peacefully at his home, Saturday, May 2, 2015, under the care of hospice. Ken battled Parkinson’s for many years.

Kenneth was born November, 21, 1935 at Devils Lake, ND, to Gus and Mary (Daniels) Fuhrman.  He attended various schools, graduating from Bowdon High School in 1953. He attended NDSU (then AC) majoring in Vocational Agriculture, graduating in 1959.

He married the love of his life, Jayne Fredrickson, at Lakota, ND, on August 24th, 1958.

They moved to Velva, ND, where he began his teaching career, later teaching at Tappen, ND and New Rockford, ND.

The summer of 1965 he joined Tri-County Electric Coop (now Northern Plains) in the Member Service Department. He became manager in 1985, retiring in December of 1996. Ken and Jayne spent the past 19 years wintering in Mesa, AZ.

Ken loved woodworking, playing cards, golfing, and having coffee with friends.

He adored his 5 grandchildren, always trying to attend any event they were in.

He served as District Officer for Lions, 16 years on New Rockford City Commission, and 25 years as Secretary of North Dakota Water District.  He loved teaching Sunday school, of which he did many years.

He is survived by his wife, Jayne of 56 years, 2 daughters: Julie (Tim) Erickson, Fargo; Kari (Mark) Labadie, Farmington Hills, MI; 5 grandchildren: Alyssa (Michael) Aguirre, Austin, TX; Brock (Stephanie) Labadie, New Market, NH; Adam (Courtni)Erickson, Minnetonka, MN; Danielle Labadie, Ann Arbor, MI; and Rachel Erickson, Fargo; One sister, Etta (Paul) Wagner, Adrian, MI; as well as nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Gus and Mary Fuhrman, Step-mother, Virginia, and brother, Clinton.

There will be a Prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2015, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 4575 45th St S, Fargo, with a visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Calvary United Methodist Church, Fargo, with a visitation one hour before.

Memorials to be designated to the Marv Bossart Parkinson Foundation, or Hospice of the Red River Valley.


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18 responses to “Kenneth Fuhrman”

  1. Jerry Seibold says:

    Sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. It was too bad he had to struggle so much in the later years of his life. He was a wonderful man. He was my Vo-Ag teacher when I was in high school. I liked having him as a teacher, and as a friend all the years he lived in New Rockford, and when he worked for what was then Tri-County Electric. His advice was always good and much appreciated. He will be missed.

  2. Dee Rolfson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s death. I know that the last few years have been difficult for both of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Erling Rolfson says:

    Ken was a great friend and neighbor for many year. I remember when he made made a new driver for golf and always enjoyed playing golf with him. Peace old friend

  4. Cathy Klocke says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Ken at Tri County Electric. He was a GREAT boss ! If I had to describe Ken in one word – it would be KIND !!!
    Enjoy all your memories !!

  5. Joelyn (Bymoen) Scriba says:

    Jayne and Family,
    My condolences in the loss of Ken. I recall Ken as such a very nice, pleasant person.
    I wanted you to know you are in my thoughts.

    (Pastor Corey serves our church)

  6. Claire and Jill Vigesaa says:

    Jayne and family,

    We are sorry to hear of your loss, and sorry we will not be able to attend the service. I always appreciated the opportunities that Ken presented for me. I am in Washington DC this week for the NRECA Legislative Rally….I attended my first with Ken. Our sympathy to you, Claire and Jill

  7. Diane and Clark says:

    Julie, Tim, Jayne and family … so sorry for your loss. I didn;t know Ken well, but always liked him. He was a good looking guy and it is too bad he had Parkensons for so long. I think he will be in a better place and be able to walk and even run! Keep the good memories.

  8. Conni (Dungan) Fugleberg says:

    Jane, Julie, and Kari: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Myron Grindheim says:

    Sorry to hear of the loss of Ken. We were in the same Bowdon High School graduating class. My condolences to his family.

  10. Lori (Richter) Bachmeier says:

    My heart goes out to you in the loss of Ken. He played a vital role in my childhood – “it takes a village”. I will always remember Ken’s smile and laugh and the wonderful support and love you and Ken gave to me Jayne. I hope you know how important you, Julie and Kari are to me and that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Ken is now home with Jesus, no longer suffering and looking out for his family – as usual……

  11. Jan Gerlach says:

    Dear Jayne,
    I was saddened to see your dear Ken had passed away…you were a wonderful wife to him…the very best! These past few years have been difficult for both of you. I send you big hugs and my heartfelt sympathy. God Bless You and your family. Jan Gerlach

  12. Lyle Sorum says:

    To the family of Ken Fuhrman: I was on the teaching staff at Velva HS from 1960 to 1962. I respected his dedication to Ag Education and the FFA. Ken and I had excellent discussions on a variety of topics! He grossed out a few teachers in the lounge regarding his demonstrations at various farms. Bless his soul!

  13. Jeff Bass says:

    My condolences to Jayne, Julie & Kari. We were across-the-alley neighbors for years. Will never forget the camping trip near Walker, MN, when we met-up unexpectedly and enjoyed hanging-out together as families for a few days.

    Kari – sorry about May Day! Just told that story at a Rotary Club meeting last week.

    My best to all of you. Ken was a great, stand-up guy.

    Jeff Bass

  14. Al & Rhonda Glofcheski says:

    We are very sad to hear of Ken’s passing. We were lucky enough to get to know Ken and Jane when they wintered in Mesa at Viewpoint and always enjoyed Ken’s witty comments at the weekly Wednesday street meetings. Our prayers are with Jane and Ken’s family.

  15. Judy Asher says:

    Sincerest sympathy to Jayne and Family from one of your snowbird friends. Hoping you can feel a warm hug coming your way.

    Judy Asher, Saskatoon, SK

  16. Jonathan Guenthner says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
    Jonathan, Tammie, Grant & Alex

  17. Todd Wentz says:

    Jayne, Julie and Kari,

    I was saddened to hear the news of Ken’s passing. I know all to well the grief and the flood of memories that occur during this time. Memories of the Fuhrman family are ones I have carried with me fondly, never to be forgotten all these years. I just wanted to let all of you know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

    God bless all.

  18. Linda Daniels Babic says:

    Jayne, this is Linda Daniels Babic. For some reason I have been thinking about contracting you and Ken and I find this. I am so very sorry Ken died. Dean, my brother, and I are in Issaquah Wa. Please write if you’d like to be in touch. 1805 N W Goode Pl 98027. Or email me.

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