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Wayne Allen Tunseth

July 8, 1949 — September 16, 2013

Wayne Tunseth, age 64, of Mayville, ND, died peacefully at home, September 16, 2013. Wayne was born on July 8, 1949, to Caroline (Eken) and Lester Tunseth. He grew up and attended school in Mayville, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Mayville State University in May of 1975. In January of 1974, he met Louise Klocke at a Super Bowl Party. They were married on March 1, 1975. Wayne served active duty in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas from 1972 to 1974. When he returned to Mayville to finish college in 1974, he joined the Mayville Army National Guard Unit where he served until his retirement as Sergeant First Class in 1993. He was highly respected by those who served under him as well as by his superiors. His civilian job was in the field of water treatment. He started in Mayville in 1977. In 1986, he moved his family to Harvey, ND where he worked at the water treatment plant. In 1988 he took a position with the City of Grand Forks water treatment plant, where he worked until his untimely passing. Wayne was also very involved in his community. He served as a volunteer fireman for 35 years. His professional associations include the North Dakota Firemen’s Association, where he served as president in 1987, and the North Dakota Fire Prevention Association. He was also a member of the American Legion & Vietnam Veterans Association. When he wasn’t working or serving his community, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, attending UND sporting events, and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Louise (Klocke), Mayville, ND; daughters Christine (Lamar Noriega) and Kathryn, Maple Grove, MN; son Daniel (Michele Cornwell), Springville, UT; mother, Caroline Tunseth, Mayville, ND; sister, Shirley (Mike) Mullally, Hayward, WI; brothers: Larry Tunseth, Kenai, AK; Mike (Twyla) Tunseth and Darryl (Julie) Tunseth, Grand Forks, ND. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Tunseth. Memorials may be given to the North Dakota Fireman’s Museum at 52 N Main St in Garrison, ND 58540. Visitation: 5-7 PM on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Baker Funeral Home Chapel and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Service: 1:00 PM Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Mayville Lutheran Church, Mayville, ND. Burial: Mayville Cemetery, Mayville, ND.
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