August 23, 1919 ~ August 16, 2013
Waldemar (Walt) Rivinius, 93, Moorhead, MN, died Friday, August 16, 2013 in the Veterans Medical Center, Fargo,ND.
Walt was born August 23, 1919 to John and Regina (Heisz) Rivinius near Pretty Rock, ND, and grew up in Goodrich, ND.
In 1937 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC’s) and worked at camps in Utah and Montana. In 1941 he enlisted in the Army and served in WW II with Co. F of the 164th Infantry, shipping out to Camp Claiborne, LA, Melbourne Australia, New Caledonia, and Guadalcanal where his military career ended with a machine bullet to the ankle, earning him a purple heart.
He ultimately ended up at the VA Hospital in Fargo, where he met Jewel Egge, a VA employee who later became his bride.
They were married on September 2, 1946 in Moorhead and had two children, Michael and Gayle. He attended Wahpeton State School of Science for refrigeration and radio repair and worked as an organ repair man for Daveau Music Co. for 28 years. He later worked for Steiger Tractor Co.
Walt enjoyed being an Amateur Radio operator and spent countless hours in his “ham shack”. He also cherished his friends he gained through the “Germans from Russia Heritage Society”. Walt loved his grandchildren. In his last years he would light up with a smile when his great-granddaughters entered the room.
Walt is survived by his daughter, Gayle (Stan) Grafsgaard, whom he lived with the last few years of his life, six grandchildren: Melissa Grafsgaard, Kansas City, MO, Jeremiah Grafsgaard, Fargo, Julia (Ryan) Dobbins, Moorhead, Rebekah Grafsgaard, Moorhead, Micah Grafsgaard, serving in Afghanistan, and Brianna Grafsgaard, Fargo, and three Great-granddaughters: Charlie and Josie Dobbins, and Brookelynn Grafsgaard. Also, sister, Polly Freitas, Corvallis, OR, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jewel, and son Michael, also by his brothers: Wilhelm, Adolph, Clarence, and Oscar, and sister, Hulda.