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Patrick R. Detwiller

March 31, 1929 - June 02, 2016

Prayer Service - Sunday

June 05, 2016
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Sunday

June 05, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Mass - Monday

June 06, 2016
- 11:00 AM

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Moorhead

Visitation - Monday

June 06, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Moorhead


Boulger Funeral Home

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Patrick R. Detwiller

March 31, 1929 - June 02, 2016


Patrick Detwiller, 87, West Fargo passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fargo.

Patrick Detwiller was born March 31, 1929 in Cooperstown, North Dakota where he graduated from high school in 1947. He farmed and worked for the ND State Highway Dept. He married Mary Ronning on Oct. 6, 1950 in Cooperstown, ND. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1950 and served in Korea and was discharged in January, 1953. He worked for Bethleham Steel in San Francisco, California, and then in September, 1954 moved his family back to ND. He worked briefly for Erickson Gas Station until he started his career at the Fargo Post Office in 1955. On Oct 1, 1973 he was appointed Postmaster at Hillsboro, ND. He retired from the Postal Service on May 20, 1984. In Sept, 1984 he was foreman at H.V. Johnston Culvert Company. In Oct, 1987 he was a part-time bus driver for Shanley High School and then drove bus for Richards Transportation from Oct, 1990 until 2001.

He was preceded in death by Lillian & Harry Detwiller, parents; Mary, wife; Bill Detwiller, brother; Kate Zimprich and Mary Evelyn Palzkill, sisters; Angie Klemetson, granddaughter.

He is survived by two sons, Steven (Susan), North Bend, WA; Michael (Carla), Dallas, TX; five daughters, Linda (Harry) Bonney, Grand Rapids, MN; Laurie (Rich) Wayne, Fargo, ND; Lois Suedback, Hugo, MN; LaVonne (Bob) Lyberg, West Fargo, ND; Louise (Bruce) Boeddeker, Hillsboro, ND; 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 6-7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo ND and one hour before the funeral at the church.

Funeral will be on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Moorhead MN.

Burial with military honors will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Moorhead MN.


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6 responses to “Patrick R. Detwiller”

  1. Lisa McDonald says:

    Pat was a friendly and caring man. I am grateful I had the opportunity to work with him the past few years at the church. He was a faithful volunteer and never missed a money counting duty. He so loved his family and talked often of them. He was a very proud Grandpa and it gave him much joy to make a quilt for each new addition to his family. His loyal and dependable work ethic was very admirable. I will miss him dearly…. we lost a wonderful man. If there is Bingo in Heaven…God has the best Bingo caller to run the show!

  2. Nancy Peterson says:


    My sympathy to you and your family on your dad’s death. May you find comfort in the thoughts and prayers being sent to you during this difficult time.

    Nancy (Pauls) Peterson

  3. Roger and Nyla Olson says:

    We met Pat in 2013 when we moved in next door to him in the other half of the twinhome in Moorhead. We couldn’t have picked a better neighbor! He is and will continue to be missed.

  4. Karla (Syverson) Poisson says:

    Thinking of you and your family at this time.
    Karla (Syverson) Poisson

  5. LaVerne Czichotzki says:

    Linda so sorry to read of your Dad’s death. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family . LaVerne

  6. Amber Trottier says:

    I remember Pat from when I went to daycare in Mary and Pat’s home. Sometimes he would sit at the table and eat his breakfast with us kids. Such a nice man. So sorry to hear of his passing.

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