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Ellsworth "Ed" Dollinger

July 04, 1940 - March 02, 2014


5-7:00 P.M. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

9-10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Ellsworth "Ed" Dollinger

July 04, 1940 - March 02, 2014


Ellsworth “Ed” Dollinger, 73, Fargo passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Essentia Health, Fargo surrounded by family and friends.

Ed was born July 4, 1940 in Venturia, North Dakota to Walter and Lea (Aman) Dollinger. He graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1958. He married Janice Medenwald on September 7, 1963 at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Hankinson, ND. Ed was a baker by trade, helping Steve Dahl open Dahl’s SuperValu, now Hornbacher’s Express.

Ed enjoyed bowling and fishing, but his main passion was stock car racing. Ed was instrumental in starting       Minn-Kota Racing Association at West Fargo. After many years of racing, he then was 1 of 5 partners in buying and renovating Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon, MN.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janice, Fargo; children, Mark (Linda) Dollinger, Minneapolis, MN, Teresa Dollinger, West Fargo, ND; daughter-in-law, Laura Dollinger, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, David Dollinger, Minneapolis, MN, Kayleigh Dollinger, Minneapolis, MN, Erica Dollinger, Fargo, ND; siblings, Marylin (friend Steve Reeser) Thompson, El Sobrante, CA, Ron (friend Gerry Murphy) Dollinger, Mesa, AZ, Don (Jean) Dollinger, Cheyenne, WY, Karen (Dale) Walker, Belgium, WI, Debra (Jerry) Brossart, Fargo, ND and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, son, Scott, infant sister, Darlene and nieces, Jennifer O’Meara Anderson and Jamie Brossart.


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  1. Genn Kutter-Lenzen says:

    Lidgerwood ND
    Dear Janice and family,
    You have my sincere condolences in the loss of Ed. Janice was my bridesmaid 58 years ago. God bless all of you! Genn Kutter-Lenzen

  2. Jill Schroeder says:

    Hawley MN
    Many thanks for all the wonderful memories at both the Red River Valley Speedway and at Buffalo River Speedway. Ed always had that wonderful smile on his face and it was a pleasure to work with him before, during, and after the races. The checkered flag has come out and he has won the race! Sympathies to his family!

  3. Mary Ann Armbrust says:

    Fargo ND

    I’m so sorry about your loss.

    Just know I’m thinking of you and your family at this time.

    Most sincerely,

    MaryAnn Armbrust

  4. Rev. Dr. Mark Brickzin says:

    Buffalo Center IowaJan and family,

    I was sorry to read of Eddie’s passing…

    When I was just a boy, Eddie was a friend of my oldest brother — and in many ways he was like part of the family.

    I recall telling one of my teachers that Eddie was one of my brothers!

    He was a truly special guy!

    During the time in which I served a church in Bismarck, his aunt, Maggie, was part of my congregation, and it was a delight to think that the world had come full circle.

    May you know and experience the comforting grace as you grieve Eddie’s passing.

    Sincerely in Christ,
    Mark Brickzin

  5. mary o'meara says:

    jamestown ndJanice and family, So sorry to hear Ed passed away. Remember Ed will always live on in your hearts. John and mary

  6. TERRY DALE says:


  7. Terry Bosch says:

    To the family:, Sorry for your loss. Ed was my first boss at Dahl Super Value. Meant alot to me, I never forgot him. Prayers to his family.

    Terry Bosch

  8. Sarah Vigstol says:

    We’ll miss your smiling face, Big Eddie!

  9. Kathy Sornsin Boucher says:

    Fargo ND
    To Jan: my deep sympathy to you at this sad time….after 50 years of marriage, death of a partner is a terrible loss. To Teresa, my sympathy in the loss of your dad….my prayers are with you all at this sad time.
    Kathy Sornsin Boucher

  10. Tom Corcoran says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the Dollinger family, Ed (and Jan) was an important element of the Minnkota Racing Association during the ‘Golden Era’ of racing at the Speedway in West Fargo. Rest in peace.

  11. Beth Shipley says:

    I loved seeing Ed everyday at work. What a kind man. He will surely be missed.

  12. SCH says:

    I am so sorry to read of your loss. I know the pain of losing loved ones and it’s only natural to wonder why God allows this to happen, but I was comforted in knowing that God views death as an enemy and will soon bring death, sickness, pain and suffering to an end. (1 Corinthians 15:26, Revelation 21:4) and even more comforting is that He plans to bring our dead loved ones back to life one day. (John 5:28,29) I hope these scriptures help you cope until that day comes.

  13. Linda Laske says:

    Jan and family, so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I recall many evenings at your home with those MinnKota meetings. Great guy, he will be missed. Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

  14. Mike Bruns Family says:

    Fargo N.D
    .R.I.P. Ed You Will Be Missed Not To See You At Many Of The Race Track Any More Are Prayers Go Out To You Jan & Your Family God Be With You Mike Bruns The Flyin 42 Racing Team

  15. Cindy wateland says:

    Fargo N.D
    Jan,Teresa.Laura and family,It makes my heart so sad to loose Ed. He has a special place in my heart.Working for him at Hornbachers and of course” the racing family” has kept our bond…I will miss not seeing him shuffle around the pits.I have such GREAT memories and I will NEVER forget him.God Bless you guys..Prayers and Love to you all.

  16. Judie O'Meara says:

    Manakto MN
    .Jan and family so sorry for your loss.May God help you at this difficult time.
    Praying for you all.

  17. Pete Peterson & Family says:

    Northwood N.dSo very sorry for your loss are heArts are with you all. My do we have some wonderful memories to share!! Racing was everyones life for many years !!! Bet Fast Eddie & all the guys are planning the next car!!!! What avgreat pit crew awaits him. PRAYERS TO ALL!

  18. Deb Pedersen says:

    Fargo ND
    Enjoyed bowling against Ed over the years! He was quite the competitor!

  19. Deb Braunberger & Family says:

    Jan and Family, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time, what a great guy Ed was. I can only imagine the size of the pit crew waiting for him!

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