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Otto Claire Ihringer

August 26, 1918 - December 21, 2018

Funeral Service - Wednesday

December 26, 2018
- 11:00 AM

Bethany on 42nd Chapel, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Otto Claire Ihringer

August 26, 1918 - December 21, 2018


Otto Claire Ihringer (Claire), 100 years old, of Fargo, ND died peacefully Friday morning, December 21, 2018 at Bethany Retirement Living Home on 42nd, in Fargo, ND.

Claire Ihringer was born on August 26, 1918 to Otto and Theresa (Zwick) Ihringer in Bordulac, ND. Claire lived and attended school in Bordulac, North Dakota. After high school, he attended college for two (2) years in Wahpeton, ND where he studied radio communication.

On October 14, 1940 he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. He completed his basic training at Fort Snelling in Minnesota. After basic training, he was transferred to Hamilton Field in California. During WWII he was a radio operator stationed on Christmas Island and at Hickam Field in Hawaii. He flew on B17’s transporting troops in the South Pacific. While in the service he joined and played the saxophone in the U.S. Army band.

After being discharged from the Army Air Corps, Claire moved back to Bordulac, ND. He helped his father (Ole) run the local garage and bulk oil service company.

On September 18, 1947, Claire married the love of his life, Delores May Krenz, in Carrington, ND where they resided for 29 years and raised their five (5) children. He often referred to his children of 4 boys and a girl as “4 Jacks & a Queen.” While in Carrington, Claire and Delores owned and operated many businesses, including rental properties, the Del-Claire Motel, Rainbow Gardens Ballroom, Garrison Redi-Mix, Underwood Redi-Mix and Washburn Red-Mix. While he and Delores owned the Rainbow Garden Ballroom, he booked many big bands and well-known entertainers, including Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Conway Twitty, Freddie Fender, Duke Ellington, Jan Garber, Billy May, The Unbelievable Uglies, The Fabulous Flippers and the Lost Cause. Claire and Delores were also involved with the KDAK Radio Station, the Fireside Inn Steakhouse and Lounge and Sportsman Supper Club, all in Carrington, ND. He also started Ihringer Building Service based in Carrington.

In 1976, they moved to Underwood, ND where they owned and operated the Underwood Bottle Shop and the Black Nugget Lounge until their retirement in 1993. They also worked for the Corps of Engineers maintaining campsites on Lake Sakakawea while living in the Underwood area. In 1994, Claire and Delores moved to Fargo to be near their family. While in Fargo, Claire and Delores were active as volunteers at the VA Hospital. Claire worked there as a volunteer for over 15 years.

Claire lived in his Fargo home until he moved to Edgewood Vista in 2014 and then moved to Bethany Retirement Living Home on 42nd in Fargo the past 2½ years.

Claire was an entrepreneur and a risk taker. He was never afraid of starting a new business venture. The “cup was always half full”. He loved music, dancing and playing his saxophone. He played in the small “German Band” while in Carrington. Claire played and sang his favorite song, “Sheik of Araby” at his 100th birthday celebration in August 2018 at Bethany. His favorite dance song was “Kansas City” and he and Delores must have danced to that song 100’s of times. They always requested it to be played whenever they went out. Claire will be deeply missed by his family, his last surviving brother, John, and many friends.

Claire is survived by his four sons, Tom (Becky), Gerry, Mike of Fargo, and Kim of Crookston, MN ; one daughter, Patty (Mike) Evans of Fargo, ND; nine (9) grandchildren: Brent (Lisa) , Michelle, Matthew, Jessica, Kelsey (Christlieb) and Brian Ihringer, Justin, Nicholas and Scott Evans; and nine (9) great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores, on May 20, 2005, his parents, two (2) brothers Lynn and Al and his sister Barbara. He is survived by one brother, John Ihringer of Bordulac, ND.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday December 26 at the Bethany Retirement Living Home on 42nd, in Fargo, ND. A burial ceremony will be 11:00 AM, Thursday December 27 at the Carrington Cemetery.


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9 responses to “Otto Claire Ihringer”

  1. Ted and Connie Ihringer says:

    Such sad news to learn Uncle Claire has past. He will truly be missed by so many. He was a kind and generous man and eager to help others. I will always cherish those family gatherings when we were young. Uncle Claire also gave me my first real job at Garrison Redi-Mix. Before Garrison Redi-Mix he hired a struggling band to play at the Rainbow Gardens called the Lost Cause of which I was a member. Not to be forgotten were the frequent trips that Claire and Delores took with my parents to a fun destination further south. He was never hesitant trying new endeavors. He lived a life to be truly admired.

    So many cherished memories from a great uncle. Thank you Uncle Claire.

  2. Paul and Dianne Hyndman says:

    Tom, Becky and family: Our sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your father, Tom.
    He lived a very long life. Cherish the memories.

    Paul and Dianne Hyndman

  3. Keith and Lana Adrian, Elvin Benson says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Claire’s passing but rejoice in the wonderful life he lived. He and Dad (Benny) became good friends at Bethany and looked out for each other. He knew the small town we come from (Binford) and he could always come up with a story about going there when he was in Carrington. We are blessed that Claire was part of Dad’s life and know they will meet again. He was so proud of you all and we were privileged to celebrate his 99th and 100th birthday with him.

  4. Brad Wimmer says:

    Very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing Tom & Patty. He was always a joy to sit with in church, had a quick wit and smiled always. Deb’s Dad Larry used to sit with him at 5:00 also. Great gene’s to have, living to be 100, we can only be so blessed. Give Matt a hug for us and be thankful for all the great times he provided your entire families. Just very glad to have gotten to know him! Brad & Deb Wimmer

  5. Amanda Hayenga says:

    Patty, Gerry, and Family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of Claire’s passing. It was my absolute pleasure getting to know him and your family. Claire was a wonderful man and he will be truly missed. I so enjoyed his smile and visiting with him out by the pond or with a cup of coffee before lunch. Now the rest of us will be “squeaking by”, and I hope your memories of him will be a comfort to you in this time of grief.

  6. Marlene Schaack says:

    Ihringer Family, Sorry to hear of Claires passing, but at the same time I pray that he is experiencing the love of our lord and resting in peace.I used to babysit from time to time for all of you kids when your Mom and Dad went out for an evening and you were always well behaved and your Mother would remark how nice the house looked when she came home. Funny how things work sometimes, but Patty used to babysit for me when my kids were little. I had her a lot because my kids always wanted Patty to take care of them and I also remember that Patty’s Mom was happy to keep her busy and away from the boys.

    Our God is good and he will make a beautiful home for your Mom & Dad. Take care

  7. Roxann Ramberg-Cossette and Brad Ulland says:

    Tom and Becky, Brad and I are thinking of you during this sad time. Sending prayers of comfort to you and all of your family.

  8. Julie and Mike Smith says:

    Becky, Tom and family, we are thinking of you with much prayer. May you enjoy all the wonderful memories and be surrounded by His Grace. God Bless!

  9. Dan $ Shelly Armbrust says:

    To “The Queen”. So sorry for you loss. Your father sounds like he lived a full life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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