November 15, 2017
- 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior
Wencil Dusek, 93, died at Bethany on University in Fargo, ND, on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
Wencil was born to Theophil and Nellie (Haladej) Dusek on December 4, 1923, on a small farm north of Bremen, ND. He was the second of six children.
He graduated from the one-room Valhalla School #3 and went on to graduate from New Rockford Central High School in 1942. Later, he studied accounting at Dakota Business College in Fargo, ND.
After high school Wencil had several summer jobs in Minneapolis, MN, before moving to the San Francisco Bay area in December 1942. There, he worked at Kaiser Shipyards One and Three as a marine machinist building tank landing ships (LST’s), troopship C-4’s and Victory cargo ships.
After WWII ended, he moved to Fargo and worked for 34 ½ years as a carman with the Great Northern Railway (now BNSF Railway). During that period he worked 27 ½ years continuously without missing a day’s work except for labor disputes. In January 1982 he retired on disability.
He served as treasurer and director for the Great Northern Railway Fargo Employees Federal Credit Union. After it joined what is now United Savings Credit Union, he served as a director and supervisory committee chairman. He was also the financial secretary for the Railway Carmen’s local lodge until it closed in 1982.
Wencil’s interest in railroad history resulted in his becoming treasurer of the Red River Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Wencil’s other interests included travelling, woodworking, bicycling and reading. He also had a passion for investing and charitable giving.
Wencil is survived by all five of his siblings – Walter Dusek, Virginia (Raymond) Robertsdahl, Georgia Grinaker, and Stella Baumler, all of Fargo, ND, and Lester Dusek of St. Cloud, MN. He is also survived by nieces and nephews – Gary (Rhonda) Grinaker, Betty (Bryon) Thom, Diane (Bill Evans) Gasal, Mary Baumler, Sharon Baumler, Jon (Lisa) Baumler, and Rick (Elizabeth) Baumler.
Wencil is preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Lawrence Baumler and Gordon Grinaker, and nephew Dennis Grinaker.