WILBUR FRANK SIMLIK
June 19, 1921 - Feb. 12, 2014
Major General Wilbur “Will” Simlik, USMC (Ret), passed away on February 12, 2014 in Fullerton, CA. Memorial services are planned for Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Morningside of Fullerton, 800 Morningside Drive, Fullerton, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Boys & Girls Club of Vista Foundation, 410 W. California Avenue, Vista, CA 92083 or Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 2510 Gateway Road, Suite, Carlsbad, CA 92009.
Major General Simlik was born June 19, 1921 to Frank Simlik and Marie (Lind) Simlik in Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from South High School in 1939. He earned a BA degree from Muskingum College in 1943 and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago in 1948.
He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve on December 2, 1942 at Muskingum College and completed recruit training as a Private First Class at Paris Island, SC. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on October 6, 1943 upon graduation from the Officers Candidate School at Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA. During World War II, as a member of the 4th Marine Division in the amphibious landing on Iwo Jima, Second Lieutenant Simlik served as Company Commander of L Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division and was awarded the Silver Star Medal. He was released from active duty in December 1945.
He was recalled to active duty in January 1952 and met his future wife, Ethel Blomquist, at the railroad station in Youngstown, OH as he was boarding his train to report to Quantico, VA. Upon completing Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, VA and receiving orders to Korea, he proposed marriage to Ethel, which she accepted, but marriage was delayed until his return from Korea.
During the Korea conflict, he served as a rifle company commander, as an infantry battalion operations officer and as a regimental operations officer with the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division and awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat “V”.
Upon his return to the US in July 1953, he served as Office-in-Charge, Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Portland, OR where he and Ethel were married on November 13, 1953. He subsequently served as Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division and as Special Projects Officer, Analysis and Review Branch, Fiscal Division, Headquarters Marine Corps.
He attended the Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA. He then served as Assistant G-3, Trainings and Operations, 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa. In August 1964, he assumed duties as Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy.
After promotion to Colonel, he attended the Naval War College, Newport, RI. Following graduation, he served as Head, Enlisted Assignment Section, Assignment and Classification Branch, Personnel Department, Headquarters Marine Corps and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
In Vietnam, he served as Commanding Officer, 3rd Marine Regiment, as Deputy Chief of Staff, 3rd Marine Division, and as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, III Marine Amphibious Force and was awarded a second Legion of Merit with Combat “V”.
He was promoted to Brigadier General in July 1970 and served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, Headquarters Marine Corps and subsequently as Deputy for Education/Director, Education Center, Marine Corps Development and Education Command, Quantico, VA. He was promoted to Major General on May 7, 1974 and served as Fiscal Director of the Marine Corps until his retirement on November 15, 1975. He was awarded a gold star in lieu of a third award of the Legion of Merit.
Upon retirement, he and Ethel moved to Vista, CA in 1976 and distinguished himself as a caring and compassionate humanitarian. He was a driving force for the support and success of the Boys & Girls Club of Vista and the Boys & Girls Club of Vista Foundation serving on both Boards of Directors for over 25 years.
He endeared himself to the community and was a legend as “Vista’s Macadamia Hill” farmer growing, harvesting and selling macadamia nuts at the Vista Farmers Market, all proceeds donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. He proudly displayed his infamous business card “WILBUR F. SIMLIK, Quality Macadamia Nuts” and membership in the Macadamia Society.
He was a devoted member of the Rotary Club of Vista, CA, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Lifetime Patron of Vista’s Moonlight Cultural Foundation. In 1990, the Muskingum College Alumni Association bestowed on him its highest honor, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Ethel passed away on January 27, 2000.
On December 2, 2001, he married the former Pearl C. Helgeson and resided in Mesa, AZ; La Costa Glen, Carlsbad, CA; and Morningside of Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.
He was the Guest of Honor at the Iwo Jima Commemorative Banquet on the 61st Anniversary of the Landing on Iwo Jima held at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was a deeply religious person and attended the First Presbyterian Church, Oceanside, CA and Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Carlsbad, CA.
Predeceased in death by his beloved wife, Ethel.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Pearl, and his extended family Stan Miller, Barbara Carlson, Robert Blomquist, Marsha Paul, John Douts, Joanne McCarty, Dennis Helgeson (Marvel), Linda Marshall (Robert), Jerry Helgeson (Sandra),
7 grand stepchildren, and 18 great grand stepchildren.
A true patriot, Major General Will Simlik will be greatly missed by his wife, extended family, comrades in arms, friends and all those who knew him.
Oct. 12, 1969 - Feb. 26, 2014
Scott Pfeifer, 44, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at his home in Kenmare, ND from diabetic complications.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells.
Burial will take place at a later date in the spring of 2014 at Bowbells Community Cemetery, Bowbells.
Scott Gerald Pfeifer was born on October 12, 1969. He became a son of Gerald and Ollie Ann (Folkers) Pfeifer.
Scott lived the first four years of his life in Crosby. In January of 1974, the family moved to Bowbells, where Scott was confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and graduated from Bowbells High School in 1988.
While growing up in a small community, Scott was involved with any school activities, basketball, baseball and especially football or any community activities. He was never still; there were never any dull moments.
Throughout his lifetime, he never met anyone he wouldn’t visit with and would assist in any way. He was well known for his “gift of gab” and was always ready to give a “long” explanation.
Most of his life after graduation was spent working in the oil fields in some capacity. He enjoyed working with cattle which he did on the farm, in Bismarck and St. Anthony. He had a love for mechanics and was especially interested and proud of his brother, Steven’s racing career. Scott faced many health challenges throughout his lifetime.
He was once married to Ronda Schweitzer.
Scott is survived by parents, Jerry and Ollie Ann; sister, Stacey (Chane) Orso; brother, Steven (Karen) Pfeifer;
nephews, Connor Sheppard, Sladen Pfeifer; step-nephew, Tristan Orso; nieces Caitlin Sheppard, Acelyn Pfeifer;
godparents, Aunt Ruby and Uncle Otto Folkers; several aunts, uncles cousins and friends. His beloved dog and companion, Plex also survives.
Scott was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Hilbert Sr. and Gladys Pfeifer; maternal grandparents, Berend and Anna Folkers.
(Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare)
May 23, 1960 - Feb. 25, 2014
Steve Knutson, 53, of Lignite, ND, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Memorial service was Monday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the Ashley Bakken Memorial Endowment at NDSU in Fargo.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).
Steven Terry Knutson was born in Mohall on May 23, 1960, to Terry and Marie (Krause) Knutson. He began school in Sherwood, and then moved to Bellingham, WA, before returning to North Dakota and residing in Northgate.
After graduating from Bowbells High School in 1978, Steve worked at the Bowbells Elevator, and then took a job as a dynamiter with a seismograph crew off the shores of Louisiana.
In 1979, Steve met Lisa Hermanson and shortly afterward began working at the Lignite Gas Plant. Steve married Lisa on December 11, 1982, in Lignite, where they made their home and raised their daughter, Jade.
Steve eventually became the Manager at the gas plant and in 2007, he took the job of Facilities Manager with Whiting Oil and Gas. He worked at the Robinson Lake Facility near Stanley until the time of his death.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite and a First Responder with the Portal Volunteer Ambulance.
Steven was widely regarded as kind, caring, and patient, with a skill for building close friendships that bridged generations. He was young at heart and had a rich sense of humor that he employed when least expected, invariably lightening the mood of those around him.
Steve also had an endless passion for collecting classic cars. Always a loving father, Steve was a hero to his daughter. In recent years, Steve particularly enjoyed traveling with his wife and delighted in spending time with his pug, Mady.
Surviving family includes wife, Lisa of Lignite; daughter, Jade (Dave) Feldner of Donnybrook; step-grandchildren, Lane and Lee Feldner;
siblings, Kermit (Deanna) Knutson of Bowbells, Traver (Mary Sue) Knutson of Minot, Gerry (Marsha) Knutson and Teresa (Jay) Hass of Bowbells, Jay (Monica) Knutson of Portal, and DelRee (Tom) Rasmusson of Kenmare;
mother-in-law, Ermalee Hermanson of Lignite; sisters-in-law, Jyl (Randy) Baumann of Gillette, WY, Maia Hermanson and Lori (Mark) Hermanson-Germain of Orlando, FL;
and numerous nieces, nephews, and three great nephews.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, John and Ella Krause; paternal grandparents, Ted and Inga Knutson; father-in-law, Keith Hermanson; nephew, Ashley Bakken; and sister-in-law, Shelli Hermanson.
(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)
Oct. 12, 1969 - Feb. 26, 2014
May 23, 1960 - Feb. 25, 2014
WILBUR FRANK SIMLIK
June 19, 1921 - Feb. 12, 2014
Dec. 26, 1946 - Feb. 17, 2014
Oct. 26, 1934 - Feb. 23, 2014
July 21, 1918 - Feb. 19, 2014
April 15, 1919 - Feb. 9, 2014
Feb. 15, 1926 - Feb. 5, 2014
April 15, 1944 - Jan. 30, 2014
Nov. 15, 1921 - Jan. 26, 2014
Nov. 24, 19l8 - Jan. 20, 2014
May 19, 1935 - Dec. 21, 2013
Aug. 29, 1926 - Dec. 30, 2013
March 2, 1960 - Dec. 21, 2013
May 3, 1926 - Dec. 20, 2013
Sept. 30, 1952 - Dec. 4, 2013
Nov. 25, 1978 - Dec. 4, 2013
Nov. 15, 1939 - Nov. 28, 2013
Nov. 10,1918 - Nov. 25, 2013
Aug. 29, 1935 - Nov. 25, 2013
Sept. 25, 1976 - Nov. 22, 2013
March 28, 1924 - Nov. 22, 2013
JUNIETTA "JUNE" SWENSON
June 18, 1924 - Nov. 20, 2013
Sept. 19, 1921 - Nov. 12, 2013
Nov. 29, 1914 - Oct. 24, 2013
Feb. 26, 1937 - Nov. 3, 2013
Oct. 24, 2013
July 30, 1921 - Oct. 27, 2013
March 30, 1926 - Oct. 24, 2013
July 8, 1937 - Oct. 14, 2013
July 30, 1925 - Oct. 12, 2013
Sept. 11, 1931 - Oct. 11, 2013
Dec. 30, 1966 - Oct. 5, 2013
Oct. 27, 1982 - Sept. 28, 2013
June 16, 1950 - Sept. 28, 2013
Dec. 1, 1952 - Sept. 23, 2013
July 9, 1923 - Sept. 23, 2013
March 11, 1939 - Sept. 9, 2013
Nov. 3, 1933 - Sept. 1, 2013
March 13, 1935 -Aug. 22, 2013
May 6, 1924 -Aug. 18, 2013
July 3, 1929 -Aug. 18, 2013
Dec. 9, 1909 -Aug. 14, 2013
Feb. 27, 1932 - Aug. 12, 2013
June 30, 1920 -Aug. 9, 2013
April 20, 1947 -Aug. 3, 2013
April 22, 1923 -August 2, 2013
March 31, 1920 - June 29, 2013
Oct. 11, 1922 - July 14, 2013
Aug. 21, 1935 - July 1, 2013
June 29, 2013
JEROME "JERRY" DURICK
May 5, 1941 - June 27, 2013
Feb. 3, 1934 - June 25, 2013
March 23, 1951 - Jan. 30, 2013
May 16, 1965 - June 22, 2013
July 7, 1961 - June 20, 2013
MARY MUNT ROHNER
Jan. 19, 1944 - June 14, 2013
May 26, 2013
July 10, 1933 - June 5, 2013
Feb. 21, 1952 - May 31, 2013
April 13, 1945 - May 30, 2013
BEATRICE "BABE" OVERLEE
Nov. 29, 1924 - May 29, 2013
Dec. 6, 1927 - May 20, 2013
ROBERT L. SETTERLUND
Feb. 17, 1915 - May 3, 2013
May 25, 1923-May 6, 2013
Jan. 22, 1929 - April 7, 2013
GARY B. RAWN
Feb. 10, 1944 - April 23, 2013
Dec. 7, 1923 - April 6, 2013
Nov. 29, 1929 - April 15, 2013
April 22, 1923 - April 20, 2013
June 28, 1933 - April 16, 2013
1928 - March 21, 2013
Feb. 13, 1924 - April 8, 2013
November 14, 1954 - March 10, 2013
July 15, 1915 - March 31, 2013
GAYNELLE "PETIE" DURWARD
November 12, 1928 - February 28, 2013
Sept. 13, 1947 - March 8, 2013
Feb. 9, 1920 - March 6, 2013
May 5, 1921 - February 23, 2013
ELSIE SINK IHMELS
November 26, 1917 - February 19, 2013
January 13,1921 - February 13,2013
October 19,1929 - February 8,2013