Edwin Emil Dewald, 88 years old, passed away peacefully at St Catherine’s North nursing home on January 22, 2022, in Fargo, ND. A memorial service, with Military Honors, will be held on March 25 at Dilworth Lutheran Church. Edwin Emil Dewald was born on February 22, 1933, to the late Jacob and Rosa (Rau) Dewald in Napoleon, ND. He was raised in Streeter ND and graduated high school with the class of 1951. He moved to Fargo ND to attend Dakota Business College and was drafted into the US Army in 1953. He served during the Korean War in Austria. He was honorably discharged in 1955. While at Dakota Business College he met and fell in love with Frances Anne Kowalski. They were married in Fargo on September 10, 1955. They made their home in Fargo and adopted two infant children, Steven in 1961 and Karla in 1963. Ed and Fran were married 50 years until her death in 2005. Ed was very committed to his 50-year career in the insurance business with various companies including Nodak Mutual, Crum & Forster, H & H Insurance and retiring from First International Insurance in 2008. Ed also proudly served for 24 years in 119th Wing of the North Dakota Air National Guard. He retired in 1993 as a Master Sergeant. Ed was honored by being selected to travel to Washington DC with the WDAY Honor Flight – an experience he treasured. Ed enjoyed traveling, bowling, golfing and anything that provided an opportunity for social interaction. Ed was happiest entertaining a crowd playing his accordion. MR ED, as he was known, was a self-taught accordion and piano player. He never acquired the skill to read sheet music, instead learned every tune by ear. Ed played in bands and entered music contests while in the military and his younger adult years. Later in life he dedicated numerous hours playing the accordion at nursing homes and events in Fargo. For the impact he made in the community he was nominated for Senior of the Year. Ed was blessed to meet and marry Marilyn Akers on July 26, 2008. They made their home in Dilworth, MN and truly enjoyed each other’s company. Ed is survived by his wife Marilyn. His children Steve & Mary Dewald, Karla & Heather Fichtinger, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Marilyn’s son’s Dean Akers and Steve Akers and their families. Ed truly had a Wunnerful, Wunnerful life. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, March 25, 2022 at Dilworth Lutheran Church - with a gathering one hour prior.

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  1. to the family of Ed Dewald: I have known Ed for many years and many years ago. We both went to Dakota Business College and both were working at NODAK Mutual Insurance Company and enjoyed hundreds of coffee breaks and good visits. Ed was truly and at all times a refined Gentelman. Marilyn and Family. I am sorry for your loss.Matt Schatz

  2. I had the opportunity to work with Ed in the Insurance Business. He was a kind and considerate man. I had lots of good times and laughs with him over the years. My sympathies to his family.

  3. Marilyn, Steven, Karla and families. Ed (and Fran) was our next door neighbor on Par St. for almost 20 years. We enjoyed that time. We shared some German from Russia foods, silly pranks at Halloween and he was our Insurance Agent for many years. After they moved Wanda would run into him at the VA Hospital or Rosewood NH where he might be playing accordion! More recently we saw him during the pandemic at the NH when he called us to visit! John was able to see him briefly before Christmas when he took him some homemade cookies. We have many cherished memories, He will be missed.

  4. So sorry to hear of the death of Ed. We have so many memories of the card parties we used to have (alot of people we all knew from Gackle-Streeter area). Took turns having it in our homes, after we finished cards, the tables got pushed aside and Ed brought out his accordian and we danced. Fran was in charge of the “recipe book” as he called his book with song titles in it. She’d mention a title and he played it. Cherish the memories. LuElla Kleingartner

  5. I am very saddened to see that Ed passed away. My sympathy, thoughts and prayers to Marilyn and his family. I worked with Ed at Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. many years ago and he kept everyone in good humor each day making it fun to come to work. It was such a pleasure to know Ed and am very sorry for his passing. May he rest in peace. Judy and Mel Schmitz

  6. We share your loss. Ed was a fine, funny and productive man. I knew him well when we were both in the Black Building. His smile and laugh were unique to him. RIP Ed.

  7. So many good memories of Ed. All the breakfasts after church and Virgil conning Ed out of his ham. The luncheons at Mesa and Ed entertaining us at Virgil’s 80th birthday party with his accordion. And also always celebrating his birthday with “George” on the 22nd. My sympathy to you Marilyn and all of Ed’s family.

  8. Karla,
    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. If you need to talk you can get ahold of me on Facebook messenge. Take care my old friend….Dana

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