Walter "Walt" Kozojed


Walter passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Hillsboro Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Walter was born on November 8, 1930, in Fargo, North Dakota, and was the youngest of three children to William and Mary (Kritzberger) Kozojed. He grew up on the Kozojed family farm near Hillsboro. Walt attended school in Hillsboro and began farming the family farm at an early age. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 until his discharge in 1953. He returned to North Dakota and continued farming. Walter was united in marriage to LaVonne Vettel on November 12, 1953. They made their home west of Hillsboro where they farmed for many years. Walt and LaVonne moved into Hillsboro in 2007.

Walter was a lifelong member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro. He was very active serving as Principal of CCD, a Knight of Columbus member for over 60 years – serving as Grand Knight. Walt also was very active on the Bloomfield Township Board, served as President of the Traill County Township Officers, was a 4-H  leader, and loved his time on the Election Board.

Walt was a family man – he cherished all of his family and loved making many wooden stools and shelves for the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a farmer at heart – raising dairy cows, driving tractor, tending to his fields, and loved growing acres of sweet corn to share. He also took every chance he could to go to the lake with his family to fish. In later years, Walt greatly enjoyed his visits with his coffee buddies, visits from family and friends, and his time spent on the John Deere lawn mower.

Walt is survived by his wife, LaVonne of Hillsboro; his children, Karen Lilleboe of Billings, MT; Michael (Margaret) Kozojed of Mayville, ND; Connie Bertsch of Mayville, ND; Patrice (Mitch) Elliott of Billings, MT; and Paul (Melissa) Kozojed of Hillsboro, ND; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. Walt is also survived by his very special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many other very dear relatives.Walt was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Deb Kozojed; and his siblings, Maxine (Leonard) Muller and Lois (Earl) Henn.

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  1. Hillsboro ND
    I am saddened by the passing of Walt, but am heartened by the good conversations we had in the past, and think back on the last one we shared while he was in the hospital. May his richest memories continue to give you strength and joy, and his laughter a reminder of his kindnesses and his love for life.
    Walt was truly a gift to all who knew him, he will be missed.

  2. St. Paul MN
    Dear Lavonne and family, my deepest sympathies to you…Walt was a great guy! I knew and took care of him for the 7 years I was at a heart clinic in Fargo…
    Walt, you will be missed! (Lavonne, I left the clinic and have been travel nursing…am working at United Hospital (Cardiology) in St. Paul now.

  3. TexasUncle Walt had a way with words that no one else did… the world just lost a supreme treasure… we will see him again soon ps 37 10

  4. Lavonne, Karen, Mike, Connie, Patrice, and Paul: I am sad to hear of Walt’s passing. I remember him as always having a smile on his face and a conversation to carry with whomever he encountered. Thoughts and prayers are with you all–

  5. honolulu HawaiiI am very Thankful to have had Uncle Walt as a part of my life. He was an amazing man that was always able to make us laugh. Love and Prayers to Aunt Lavonne and all the family.
    Uncle Walt will be missed.

  6. We will miss you. We have so many good memories and pictures from our visit in 2007, and again when we met in Palm Springs a few years back. Such good laughs we had together. We love you and will see you again someday in heaven.

  7. san jacinto cai was blessed to meet you and spend time in nd and in palm spring you we so full of life my time with you was short but i love you

  8. Elizabethtown KYWe are sorry to hear of Walt’s passing. He was always a pleasure to be around. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Kevin, Pam, and Lois

  9. Hemet CaliforniaOur thoughts and prayers are with you LaVonne and family. We are so thankful we had the privilege of meeting and knowing Walt.

  10. Hillsboro Our sympathies to Walt’s family. Cherish the memories you have of him. They will remain with you always. Walt was a caring friendly gentleman who always took time to visit. He will be missed by many. Thinking of you all!

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