David Eugene Wurgler
Oct. 31, 1946- Dec. 5, 2017
David Eugene Wurgler, the son of John and Irene (Loken) Wurgler was born on October 31, 1946 in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Rugby, North Dakota. He died suddenly on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.
David was born and raised in Rugby where he attended school up to the 4th grade. At that time his family moved to Dunseith, where David graduated with the Dunseith High School, Class of 1964. David worked for his father at the TEXCO Station while in high school, up until 1966 when his family moved back to Rugby. John purchased the Standard Station in Rugby where David would start his career. In 1976, David joined his father in partnership. On November 25, 1967 he was united in marriage to Charolette Horner at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Rugby. David purchased the business from his father in 1984 to start Dave’s Standard. David and Charolette would eventually team up and work together. After 42 years in the business, they closed the station and retired in 2008. Over the years, the couple developed many friendships and memories from the business.
David was a lifetime member of the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department, Men’s City Pool League, Rugby Golf Club, and Rugby Car Club, all of which he greatly enjoyed. Although enjoying retirement, David worked part-time at Tesoro and drove for McGuire’s and Anderson Funeral Home. He still enjoyed doing light mechanical work and working in the yard. On the weekends you would find him cheering on his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Even putting the team logo on his golf cart, which he never heard the end of from his friends. David will be remembered for his humorous joke telling and making people laugh. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Charolette; children, Lisa Harper, Teri (Kevin) Allickson all of Rugby; and Chris (Terran) of Bismarck; grandchildren, Justin (Leah) Harper, Tyler Harper, Laura Harper (Levi); Rachel (Art) and Hunter (Breanna) Allickson; McKenzie, Braxton, Tayiah and Bentley Wurgler; sisters, Joan (Stan) Salmonson of Dunseith, Peggy (Marty) Axtman of Kent, WA and Lynn (Mitch) Haugeberg of Watford City, sisters-in-law, Betty (Mike) Feteke and Rose Burtenshaw; brothers-in-law, Ron (Jolene) Horner, Curt (Linda) Horner and Ray (Melissa) Horner, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Pete and Marge Horner.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 11th at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. Father Tom Graner, officiate. Cremation took place following the services.
Organist: Glenda Mack
Vocalist: Amy Casavant
Honorary Bearers: All his Grandchildren and the Active & Retired members of the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department
Casket Bearers: Scott Oksendahl, Curt Horner, Ray Horner, Justin Harper, Tyler Harper, Mick Kossan, Chuck Chaffee, Hal Gunderson & Loren Hallwachs