Wallace “Wally” G. Utke, 80, Fargo passed away Monday, January 28, 2013 at Essentia Health, Fargo.

Wally was born May 20, 1932 in Enderlin, North Dakota to Walter and Laura (Krueger) Utke. He attended country school near Enderlin before graduating from Wahpeton High School in 1951. He attended the State School of Science in Wahpeton before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1952-1956. He attended Hanson Auto School where he served as an instructor and also worked at B.S. Chesley as a heavy duty mechanic. In 1964, Wally began working for the City of Fargo. He worked as a heavy duty mechanic on city equipment before retiring after 28 years in 1992.

Wally married Alida Trottier on June 4, 1960 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo. They made their home in Fargo where they raised three children; Darrell, Karen and Connie. Wally and Alida were one of the founding families of Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.

Wally enjoyed gardening, where he loved to produce various vegetables, especially onions. He loved to keep track of the weather, watch football and professional wrestling.

Wally is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alida; children, Darrell (LeAnn) Utke, West Fargo, ND, Karen (Lori Blachford) Utke, Des Moines, IA, Connie (Maurey) Kratcha, Fargo, ND, grandchildren; Matthew, Heather, Carly, Kyle, Tiffany and Ryan, brother, Robert (Carol) Utke, Winter Haven, FL, sister, LaDell (Oscar) Sorenson, Surprise, AZ, brother-in-law, Virgil Warner, Fingal, ND and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joyce Warner.

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  1. west fargo ndi’m sorry i couldn’t be there today or be there tomorrow but i want you to know how very, very sorry i am for your loss.
    i will remembered Wally in my prayers.

  2. Fargo ND
    Hi Karen,
    I have been thinking of you and your family all the while we’ve been praying for your Dad in Church. I am sorry for the loss of your Dad and I hope you and your family will find peace and blessings during your time together.
    Your friend, Laurie

  3. Sympathies on the death of Uncle Wally. Sorry we won’t be there to share with your family our stories about him. You will be in our prayers especially Saturaday. Family is soo important at these times..

  4. Wahpeton ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, Connie, Maurie, Matt, and Kayla. May God Bless your dad and his entire family.

  5. Darrell, Heather, Tiffany, and the entire Utke family. I am so sorry for your loss. From what I have been told, it was extremely unexpected. Hang on to the good memories. The memories get better over time and the hurt becomes less. I am praying for your family.

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