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William Drummond

September 19, 1923 - December 27, 2014

Gathering:

5-7:00 P.M. Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

9-10:00 A.M. Monday, January 12, 2015 at Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:00 A.M. Monday, January 12, 2015 at Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral, Fargo.

Burial:

Highland Home Cemetery, Jamestown.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

William Drummond

September 19, 1923 - December 27, 2014

Obituary

William David Drummond, 91, passed away Saturday December 27, 2014 in WCA Hospital, Jamestown NY. Funeral and visitation arrangements are pending.

Bill was born September 19, 1923 in Roseglen near Garrison, ND to Winifred (Keyes) and William Drummond. Bill grew up working on the family farm and attended school in Oberon, ND graduating as the class valedictorian and playing on the 1941 state tournament basketball team. He attended North Dakota State University, graduating in 1950 with a BS in Agriculture. He would later receive his Masters Degree in Agronomy also from NDSU. On July 15, 1951 he married Phyllis Domek in Montpelier, ND. Bill worked as the county agent at large for Benson County and farmed until moving to Carson, ND to be the Grant County extension agent. In 1960, the family moved to Lakota, ND where Bill was the Nelson County extension agent. In 1966, Bill started work in Grafton, WI with the Malting Barley Improvement Association until the family moved back to Jamestown, ND in 1976 where Bill worked as the Area Extension Agronomist directing a five county- interstate Wild Oats integrated pest management program. In 1983, Bill started work as the first director of the North Dakota Barley Council in Fargo. He served as the director until his retirement in 1993. In the course of his career, Bill made many contributions to agriculture and specifically to barley improvement and development. To acknowledge this contribution, Drummond barley was named in honor of Bill. This six-row malting barley was released in 2000 and approved for malting by AMBA in 2001.

Bill is survived by his daughters: Annette (Andrew Pope) Drummond, Russell PA; Susan (Randall) Zondag, Perry OH; Nancy (Frank) Rose, Hillsboro OR and Janet (Michael Gehrt) Drummond, St Paul, MN as well as eight grandchildren: Valerie (Chris Tafoya) Rose, Jennifer (Scott Emerick) Zondag, Adam Rose, Steven Zondag, Christopher (Charlotte Putney) Pope, Ryan (Kimberly Dickheiser) Rose, Karen (Kyle Atkins) Zondag and Rachel Pope. He has three great grandchildren: Lillian, Katelyn and Nicholas Emerick as well as sisters-in-law Marie (Donald) Olson, Montpelier ND and Gladys (Anthony) Casey, Cottage Grove MN and brother-in-law Marvin Tokach, Jamestown ND plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, sisters Eleanor Drummond and Harriet (Roger) Piehl, sister-in-law Arlyss (Domek) Tokach and brother-in-law Roger Piehl.

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8 responses to “William Drummond”

  1. Richard & Sylvia Daws says:

    Grand Forks, North Dakota
    To the Drummond family,
    We were privilaged to know your parents and family when they moved to Lakota in 1960 and joined the chruch and the years your Dad was Nelson County agent. I also enjoyed the years we were on the ND
    Barley council and admired his expertise in barley. I think of your parents often. We will miss Bill’s funeral as we are in AZ
    . Will be thinking of all of You.
    Richard & Sylvia Daws

  2. Marcia McMullen says:

    We will miss Bill in the barley world. He was a class act and a great mentor to new extension specialists. My condolences to the family of Bill.

  3. Rita Staloch says:

    Minnewaukan ND

    I am so saddened to read of Bill’s passing. He used to stop whenever he was in Minnewaukan and we had such good visits. Those visits continued by phone when he moved out east. I’m pretty sure I could have received several college credits for the knowledge he imparted to me. He was an amazing man and am I feel fortunate to have known him. I hope you have many happy memories that warm you with a smile each time your think of your Dad.;

  4. henry kucera says:

    fargo ndwe were students together, tho i was younger. i will never forget bill and armond and wes. they taught me a lot of things about life in addition to school things. nothing but great memories!!! he was a credit to ndac/ndsu….. hlk;

  5. Dennis J Gehrt says:

    Plattsburg MissouriJanet, Mike and the Drummond Family:

    We are keeping your father and your family in our prayers. To honor and preserve Bill’s memory, a memorial donation has been made to North Dakota State University.

    Teresa and Dennis Gehrt, Mary Gehrt and Kathleen Gehrt;

  6. Richard & Sylvia Daws says:

    Grand Forks, North DakotaTo the Drummond family,
    We were privilaged to know your parents and family when they moved to Lakota in 1960 and joined the chruch and the years your Dad was Nelson County agent. I also enjoyed the years we were on the ND

    Barley council and admired his expertise in barley. I think of your parents often. We will miss Bill’s funeral as we are in AZ. Will be thinking of all of You.
    Richard & Sylvia Daws;

  7. Marcia McMullen says:

    We will miss Bill in the barley world. He was a class act and a great mentor to new extension specialists. My condolences to the family of Bill.;

  8. Richard Debertin says:

    I only just found out about Bill’s passing. I was a high school student many years ago (more than 50) when I was on a 4-H trip to Minneapolis. One of the chaperones we met up with along the way was Bill Drummond. I always felt he was one of the nicest people I ever met. He made a big impression on a 4-H kid from western ND. Prayers for his family.

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