Jerome H. Spaeth, age 92, Fargo, North Dakota died on 08/22/2018. He was born in Mahnomen, MN on 06/18/1926, the fourth of fifteen children born to Lillian and John Spaeth. He attended school in Mahnomen until he was 15, when he moved to the west coast to work in the shipyards. At age 18, he was drafted into the army where he was trained as a tail gunner on B-29 bombers. He was stationed in Adak, AK, where he served as an aircraft inspector. After the war, he attended St. John’s University and later, North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) in Fargo, where he received a degree in civil engineering. He married Betty Wilson on 08/12/1949 and they resided in Valley City, ND where he worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He eventually moved to Bismarck where he and Betty continued to raise their ten children. After retirement they settled in Fargo, ND. Although he was a civil engineer, his real passion in life was farming. His love of the land was present throughout his life. He was devoted to his family and was an exceptionally good card player (just ask him). He had a special gift of engaging people in conversation and showing a genuine interest in their lives. His wit and gentle demeanor brought joy and comfort to all those lucky enough to cross his path. He is survived by his children, Kitty (Tom) Teigen, Becky (Mike) Shaheen, Janice Spaeth, Bonnie (Ken) Bremer, Laurie (Ted) Schepper, Paul (Kelly), Sid, Nancy (Robin) Gentry, Patrick (Laurel), daughter-in-law Cindy Spaeth, twenty-seven grandchildren, and twenty-one great grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his loving wife, Betty, his son Nicholas and great grandson Bentley Horner. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm followed by a prayer service at 7 pm at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo on Sunday, August 26, 2018. The funeral will be held at Holy Spirit Church at 2 pm on Monday, August 27, 2018. He will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in north Fargo, ND.

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  1. We love you Nancy and our hearts are with you. You have a special relationship with your Dad and many sweet memories.
    Mike & Janie Justesen
    and family

  2. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers as you honor the life of your father and grandfather. It is not easy to lose those special family members. May God give you peace and comfort now and joy in your memories.

    Sandy Moran Broschat, Robin Moran Dunwoody, and Nora Moran

  3. May fond memories of your father bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. We are thinking of your family and know that nothing can fill the void created by the loss of your father.

  4. I was Jerome’s nurse for 15 years before I retired. He was such a very kind man and spoke so highly of Betty and his children. God bless and keep you as you celebrate such a wonderful life that Jerome had.

  5. I enjoyed knowing Jerry Spaeth for many years. He was a strong-minded man with an excellent sense of humor. I particularly enjoyed his fatherly pride in his large, talented family, and saw this first hand when Nick and I were state officials together. in the ’80s. Jerry’s life exhibited intelligence, hard work, stubbornly-held convictions, good humor and love of family–traits which made him an exemplary North Dakotan and good friend.

  6. So sorry to hear of the loss of Jerome. His monthly visits to the bank were always a treat. We would gather around him and listen his stories. HIs love for his family and his wife were undeniable. He was a wonderful man and truly one of a kind. He will be greatly missed by myself and many. God Bless.

  7. I was so sad to see that Jerry had passed away. I loved his sense of humor and he always made the Ron McClure dental office so much more fun. Every time I called him for an appointment, he would ALWAYS say ” Your boss must needs some money.” It never matter what day it was, we could always expect Jerry to be such a kind, sweet guy. I will always remember him. Prayers for peace and healing.
    Lisa Anderson
    Dr. Ron McClure’s office

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