Dwayne was born December 17, 1946 to Curtis and Dagny (Corneliusen) Yahnke in Waseca , MN. After graduating from West Fargo High School in 1964 he attended North Dakota State University and graduated with an Economics major in 1968.  After college he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Minot, ND and Cape Newenham, AK.  In 1970 Dwayne was married to Mary Sether.  They resided in Minot, Fargo, Eveleth, Litchfield and settled in West Fargo in 1982. Dwayne began his insurance career with State Farm in Eveleth, MN. He later took a position with First Bank Systems and moved to Litchfield, MN.  In 1982 Dwayne founded Yahnke Insurance Agency and continued to work until the fall of 2016. Dwayne was a member of the Osborne Kaypro Users Group where he met many lifelong friends. He was a long time member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Fargo.  He had many hobbies including flower gardening, home improvement projects, fishing, sailing, camping and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.  He was an avid Bison athletics fan, MG enthusiast and a proud American. Dwayne is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary, four children; Andrew Yahnke West Fargo, ND, Gretchen (Michael) Austin Fargo, ND, Darrick Yahnke, Fargo, ND, Theresa Yahnke Fargo, ND; four grandchildren Baylee Riddle Fargo, ND,  Hayden Austin Fargo ND, Evelyn and Taryn Yahnke Grand Forks, ND.  Siblings; Donna (Dale) Pogatchnik, Curtis (Roseanne) Yahnke, Nedrick (Pat) Yahnke, sister in law Diane Yahnke and brother in law Farrell Hanson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father in law John Irving and Evelyn (Butenhoff) Sether, brother Dean Yahnke, sister Susan (Yahnke) Hanson, brother in law John Sether and niece Deborah Nickel. Donations in Dwayne's memory preferred to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice. Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Plymouth Congregational Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 10:00 A.M.

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  1. Heaven just got better as we know it, another Angel to watch over us. Great photo, many fond memories conversing when stopping by his office. Will treasure those thoughts forever in my heart. God’s Peace with heartfelt condolences to all

  2. Darrick and family,
    So sorry for your loss. May God wrap His arms around you today and in the days ahead and may He give you the strength and comfort you need. I pray your fond memories give you peace. I’m here for you if you need anything.

  3. Sorry for your loss, prayers and strength through this difficult time. Stay strong, hugs. Sue, Corey, and Haleigh

  4. Duanes family. Sorry for your loss Duane was a really nice person. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. To the Yahnke family: I was shocked and saddened to read of Dwayne’s passing. I have known Dwayne since he worked for my father at the VA while he was attending college. Our paths crossed several times over the years. He was a very nice person. Please, know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of transition.

  6. I remember Dwayne from the Osborne computer group. We had a lot of good times exploring the “new technology” way back then I learned a lot from him.

  7. Dwayne will be missed, he was a pillar in the community. All the Yahnke family are in my thoughts and prayers.So sorry again for your loss!

  8. Mary and family- Sorry for your loss. Talked to Diane yesterday and she told me about Dwayne. I always enjoyed talking to him especially on insurance since we were both agents. My thoughts and prayers with your families. Jim Nickel

  9. Mary, so sorry to hear this sad news. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family at this difficult time.

  10. Mary and family, so sorry to hear about Dwayne’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. He will be missed, but he lives within your hearts.

  11. To Mary and the Yahnke Family. I send my sincere regrets that Dwayne has left us. In 1972, he and I were stationed at a remote site in Alaska while we served in the U.S. Air Force. We became friends as we survived this unique experience. During that time, it became very clear that he loved his Family very much. He gained the respect of everyone there through his leadership skills, common sense and a great sense of humor. I was happy that we were able to continue our friendship when we returned to North Dakota. During my visits and emails with him, he showed that he was very happy in his life and proud of his children and grand children. Needless to say he was a good man and I will miss him. Thanks Dwayne for everything.

  12. Mary, Andrew, Gretchen, Darrick, Theresa,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband/ father. My heart broke when I heard the news. Growing up and either coming to your house or to the office and remembering talking with Dwayne and I can’t remember him not having a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed. My mother Beverly and I will have all of you in our thoughts and prayers through this hard time. We understand how you are feeling……

    Love to all of you, Anita & Beverly Neisius

  13. Mary, Andy, Gretchen, Darrick, & Theresa,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband/father. My heart broke when I heard. I remember when growing up, coming over to the house or the office and he and I talked, he was always so sweet and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. My mother Beverly and I will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. We understand how you are feeling……

    Love to all of you, Anita & Beverly Neisius

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

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