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Walter Shypkowski

March 25, 1929 - July 11, 2011


5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 14 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

1-2:00 P.M. Friday, July 15 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo.

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7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 14 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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Mass of Christian Burial: 2:00 P.M. Friday, July 15 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo.


Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Walter Shypkowski

March 25, 1929 - July 11, 2011


Walter Shypkowski, 82, of Fargo, passed away on July 11 surrounded by family at the Sanford Medical Center’s Palliative Care Unit, Fargo ND.

Walter was born March 25, 1929 to John B and Mary (Evoniuk) Shypkowski of Belfield, North Dakota. He was raised in Belfield where he also attended school. During World War II, Walter served in the US Army Air Corp. On November 6, 1951, Walter was united in marriage to Tillie Ann Jablonsky at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in South Heart, ND.

A self taught accordion player, Walt formed several bands and shared his love of music for over 60 years. Music was his life as it was evident in the joy it brought him and the people he entertained. Walter enjoyed playing old-time music, watching ball games, and house remodeling projects. The family has many fond memories of his kindness, his quick sense of humor, and funny stories.

After many years of service, Walt retired from the Fargo Housing Authority in March of 93′.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Tillie and their seven children; Gene (Mary Jo) Shypkowski, Rancho Palos Verde, CA, Darla (Randy) Yarbrough, Bemidji, MN, Charlene (Steve) Reinpold, Hillsboro, ND, Randy Shypkowski, Fargo, Rae Lynn Belmer, Phoenix, AZ, Joleen (Jim) Narum, Ada, MN, and Rick Shypkowski, Fargo, and his two brothers; Donald (Ann) Shypkowski, Dickinson, ND, and John (Sharon) Shypkowski, Des Moines, IA. He will be missed by all, especially his 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margie Reisenauer and granddaughter Kelly Shypkowski.


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  2. arlene gieser says:

    Glendive MontanaThe Gieser Family is so sorry for your loss. I remember your father so well. If I am not mistaken Walt player at my sisters wedding dance. We have known you guys for a long time. Walt and my father used to talk all the time when you lived here in glendive. Tillie I remember you so well. I have been told that I am the gieser kid who does not forget. Again we are sorry for your loss, we lost mom in 2003 and dad in 1998, so I know all to well how it feels. At least he is in a peaceful place and does not have to worry about anything. God Bless you all.

    Arlene Gieser

  3. Gery, Donna, Austin & Alex Fichter says:

    Rapid City SDAunt Tillie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Uncle Walt has touched so many lives. Cherish the memories as they provide you with comfort and strength during this time.

  4. Jerry and Jean Jones says:

    Fargo ND
    Tillie and Family,

    We were saddened to hear of the loss of Walt. We enjoyed being neighbors of both of you in West Fargo. We’ll always remember his laughter, sense of humor and story-telling, his friendliness as a great neighbor and especially his love of music and his band.
    We’re praying for you and your family, that God will strengthen and carry you in this difficult time. We know He will.

    Jerry and Jean Jones

  5. Bryce Huseby says:

    West Fargo North Dakota
    My Deepest Sympathy to Walt’s family
    What a great man and what a great band leader. Many memories of dancing to his music at so many events over the years. I remember when he quit the band so many people were crying as they said their goodbye to Walt and Joleen. I myself shed a few tears as we all know all good things must come to an end. Walt please play a waltz for all your family and friends in heaven. Your legacy will live on forever here on earth. Say hi to Leonard Z, he will be happy to see you again Walt.
    Rest well my friend.
    Bryce Huseby

  6. Danielle Holte says:

    Fargo ND
    Walter was a regular customer of ours and we always enjoyed seeing him. Always a smile on his face and loved to visit. He always had a good story to tell. He will be missed greatly and we are so very sorry for your loss.

  7. Deb Frank says:

    Dickinson ND
    Uncle Walter was such a fun loving and family oriented man. My mom loved to dance and Uncle loved to play his accordion. What a celebration in Heaven!!!!

    I speak for my entire family when I say that he was a wonderful brother to our Mom.How amazing to know that they will all be reunited in Heaven!

    Prayers and our sympathy to the entire Shypkowski family.

  8. Pete & Betty Malkowski says:

    Belfield North Dakota
    Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers,Tillie, and family.

  9. Tony and Roni Weber says:

    Dickinson ND
    Our sympathy and prayers to you, Tillie and family on the passing of Walt to his eternal home. He was a great person and we will miss his wonderful accordian music. Enjoyed playing polka fests with the Royal Melody band.

    Tony and Roni Weber.

  10. Ken & Lynn Brown says:

    Moorhead MN
    Jo, Jim, and family: We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and grandfather. Even though he is now in the arms of his Lord and no longer in pain, it is still difficult to say goodbye. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and may God be with your entire family through this loss.

    Ken and Lynn Brown

  11. Rocky A. Jablonsky says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time. May the happy memories of Uncle Walt remain with each one of you forever. I myself have fond memories of the entire family. May God bless you in this time of sorrow. He is now resting peacefully in Heaven.

    Rocky, Irene & Daughters

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