Jack Heidrich

jack heidrich

Jacob (Jack) Heidrich, 86, Fargo, passed away at Rosewood on Broadway, Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Jacob Heidrich was born to Barbara (Dirk) and Reinhold Heidrich on September 21, 1925 at Strasburg, ND. He was baptized September 23, 1925 at St. Bernhard’s Church, Winona, ND. On May 20, 1934 he had his First communion and was confirmed at Holy Trinity Church West of Strasburg.

Jack attended rural school through the 8th grade.  He farmed until February 7, 1951 when he went into the Army where he served until February 6, 1953. He returned to farming until moving to work in Mandan in the refinery. Jack attended Hanson Mechanical Trade School in Fargo. He received the Top and Body Course Certificate on June 3, 1955. Jack worked at Corwin Churchill in Fargo as a body man from June 1955 until August 1968. In September of 1968 through December 1990 he worked at North Dakota State University for the Resident Dining Center as Head Custodian. Jack also did a lot of carpentry work at The Center. Jack retired on December 31, 1990.

Jacob Heidrich married  Cathryn Hovland on May 30, 1959. At St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo.

Jack is survived by his wife, Cathryn, Fargo; daughters, Karen Engebretson, Morrison, Colorado and Kathleen Heidrich, Maple Grove, MN; grandchildren, Amy (Cory) Teague, Arvada, CO, Brian (Mandi) Engebretson, Highlands Ranch, CO;  Kayla Engebretson, Morrison, CO; sisters, Josephine Roehrich, Bismarck, ND, Mary (Nick) Roehrich, Bismarck, ND, brother, William Heidrich, Bismarck, ND several nieces and nephews; great granddaughter, Charlotte Engebretson, Highlands Ranch, CO; sisters-in-law, Marlys Heidrich, Centennial, CO, Diane Heidrich, Bismarck, ND.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, and 4 brothers.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Rosewood on Broadway.

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  1. Kathleen and Family,
    So sorry to learn of the passing of your father. Please know all your co-workers at Bachman’s are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    From Bachman’s Treasury Department

  2. So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Cathryn, and your family. Jack was such a nice man and I know Mom always appreciated all he did for the food service. Dori Eberhart Hebert

  3. albuquerque nmKathy, I am so sorry for your loss. When we lose a parent it leaves such a hole in your heart. The memories and holidays will be heavy but know that you will hurt less and less as time goes by.

    You and your family are in my prayers.

    God Bless you all.
    Joyce Helgesen
    (Mervyns friend)

  4. Mapleton ND
    Catherine and family,
    Jack will be truly missed. He was such a gentle guy. His cute little smile was the best. He was a nice man to be able to take care of. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Sandy P.

  5. Plano TexasKathy – I am so sorry to hear about your father. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone. You can find much comfort in the Holy Scriptures which assures us at Psalms 34:18 that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

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