Henry Landeis

henry landeis

Henry (Hank) Landeis, 80, of Fargo, formerly of Bismarck, died peacefully on Saturday October 27, 2012 in Elim Care Center.

Hank was born March 17, 1932 in Grant County, ND to Henry Landeis and Theresa (Steiner) Landeis.  He grew up in Mandan ND, was baptized, confirmed, and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He attended St. Joseph Elementary and graduated from Mandan High School in 1950.  He then served three years in the US Army before enrolling at the University of North Dakota, where he graduated with a BS degree.  He married Jane Kuppich of Fargo in 1959.  They moved to California where he began his long career in education.  Hank started as a mathematics teacher at Eureka, CA High School.  Their two sons were born in California.  The family returned to ND after 10 years and Hank obtained a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from NDSU.  They moved to Bismarck, ND where Hank worked for the ND Department of Public Instruction for many years.  During the years in Bismarck he also earned a master’s degree in Education Administration from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.  The remainder of his career was spent in education administration in schools in western ND.  His retirement years were spent in Bismarck until moving to Fargo 7 years ago to be with his sons.

Hank struggled with Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years.  He accepted this difficult challenge with courage and grace.  His pain and suffering are finally over.  He is now home with his heavenly Father.  “His spirit soars free.”

Hank is survived by his sons, John Landeis and Michael Landeis, Fargo, ND, his former wife Jane, Fargo, ND, and his four sisters – Aggie Rindfleisch, Minneapolis, MN, Betty Helbling and Kathy Plehal, Gainesville, GA, and Patrice (Bruce) Ebel, Dawsonville, GA.   He is also survived by 8 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Marian Blomberg and Loretta Clausnitzer.

Hank’s family wishes to thank all of the compassionate and loving caregivers at Elim Care Center for their many months of kindness and also Red River Valley Hospice care givers for their kind assistance during his final days.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Pastor Norm Thomsen, Father Duane Cote, and Father Peter Sharpe for their spiritual support.

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  1. Lexington KYI first met “Hank” while a student at what was “BJC”. I remember he worked part-time at the Lucas Department store. I think I may have bought a sweater from him. He always stood out because he was kind, soft spoken and always dressed to the nines. He had returned from active duty when I left to serve. When I returned I entered UND and became a member of Beta Theta PI fraternity. Again, we crossed paths as fraternity brothers. I recall he was very close to Bob Huffman another Beta from Vahalla, ND

    I am sure his family will miss him deeply. I am sorry for your loss and want you to know that “HanK’ was a great guy. Only good thoughts here.

  2. Bismarck ND
    I didn’t know Hank well, but around 1996 or so I was working at the Econo Foods Video Store in Bismarck (now Central Market) and Hank was a regular customer. He was always so nice to deal with pleasant and carried himself in a very dignified manner. My condolences to his family.

  3. Bismarck ND
    I am sorry to hear of Hank’s passing, but relieved that his battle with Parkinsons is over. Hank was in DPI when I came into employment there. We both were in the Guidance Division, so we worked together for 11 years. It was fortunate for me that Hank was not only professionally competent, but also one who practiced the guidance principles by the way in which he lived. We both “left” DPI with about 8 other professionals at the same time. As a tribute to Hank’s character, that event did not defeat him as it did some of the others. Life goes on and you can be proud of him for giving his best under increasing difficult circumstances. Rest in Peace, Hank, knowing Christ is the only way to find lasting peace.

  4. Price North Dakota
    Hank graduated from Mandan one year before my husband Don.

    I was privileged to meet and work with Hank at the Center High School in the mid-eighties.
    I remember him as a kind and helpful team player.
    I’m sorry to hear not only of his passing but also the suffering with Parkinson’s disease.
    May God bless each of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. JoAnn Price

  5. Bakersfield CaliforniaHenry, was a cousin to my mother Margaret Froehlich Muth, My Grandma was Franciska Steiner Froehlich, a sister to Henry’s mother Theresa., I never had the chance to meet Henry’s family when I lived in the Dickinson area. Sorry for your loss, its always a hard time for everyone. I am into the family tree , and when I saw the name, I thought this is a relative I have never met, If any one is interested in communicating with me on the family tree I would greatly appreciate that,
    May you find peace in the beauty around you and strength for the days to come. God Bless Adeline

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