Bruce Franklin Kolden

bruce kolden

May 18, 1943 ~ September 10, 2022

Born in: Devils Lake, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

Bruce Kolden, 79, Fargo, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2022, in Fargo, ND at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fargo.

Bruce Kolden was born on May 18, 1943, in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota to Olaf and Elizabeth (Laudon) Kolden.

Bruce graduated from Crary High School in 1960 and went on to earn his Associates Degree from North Dakota State School of Science (Wahpeton) in 1969. He started his career as a telephone lineman and went on to work for Bell Telephone/USWest/QWEST for 32 years.

Bruce married Donna Lieffring at First Lutheran Church in Williston, ND. The couple had 2 children.

Bruce really enjoyed spending time with Donna and travel. He also loved golfing. He enjoyed traveling throughout the country in the RV and selling golf ball markers. He loved to ride his motorcycle. He took several road trips throughout North Dakota to visit his family. He was member of the Masonic Lodge and visited several different lodges throughout the country.

Bruce served in the Army as a Paratrooper from 1960-1963.

Bruce is survived by Donna Kolden, Fargo, ND; children, Denise Kolden Rohrig (Frank) of Miami, FL; and Deb Kolden Bendickson (Shawn) of West Fargo, ND; brother-in-law Syl Brown, Devils Lake; several nieces and nephews.

Bruce is preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Frances Eidsness, Virginia Bowman, and Edith Brown

Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M.


Funeral Service - Saturday: September 17, 2022 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Visitation - Saturday: September 17, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. Bruce. Was a good man and a great brother in law. He taught me many things and will be missed my all that knew him

  2. Roger and I were honored to escort your veteran at the VA. Prayers for you and your family.

    Dilworth VFW Post and Auxiliary.

  3. I took Electronics Technology at NDSSS, now NDSCS in 1967-1969 with Bruce and we both eventually ended up working at Northwestern Bell. Enjoyed those years.

  4. We are very sorry to hear that Bruce passed away, we have a lot of memories of when we lived next door in Dickinson.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Donna, and your family.
    Robert and Marilyn Kramer

  5. Donna our thoughts are with you and family during this difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

    Board of Director’s and staff

  6. Dear Donna, Deb & Denise,
    Sometimes there are no perfect words only perfect silences, where we can rest in God’s presence and know that he hears our heart. All of your shared times, memories and special joys will also keep Bruce close to your heart!
    With Deepest Sympathy for your loss, Vivian & Eldon

  7. Donna, Deb, and Denise, Kathy and I are very sorry to hear that Bruce passed away. Bruce helped many people with their telephone careers. Thank you for Bruce’s Army Service to our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Donna, and your family. Mike and Kathy Vandrovec

  8. Prayers to Bruce’s family at this difficult time. Cherish the many memories, no one can take those from you. Bruce’s sisters I knew well through BPW in Devils Lake. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Bob and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to you and your family .We have fond memories of you ,Bruce and Denise when we were in Wahpeton State School of Science.Prayers for peace and comfort at this time. Sincerley Sandi and Bob Leopoldt

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