Dwight Kenneth Jelsing
Nov. 22, 1944 – Mar. 2, 2020
Dwight Kenneth Jelsing, 75, Rugby died on March 2, 2020 at Trinity Hospital in Minot, North Dakota. He was the son of Arthur and Clara Sand Jelsing having been born on November 22, 1944 in Rugby. He was raised around automobiles and found his love of cars while working with his father. From that love came a career in the automotive industry. In his younger days, he raced a stock car (Lucky #13) at the local
speedway. Dwight married the love of his life, Mary, on August 21, 1965. Together they raised four beautiful redheads. He started his automotive career at Gronvold Motor Company and worked for over 30 years at M.J. McGuire. He lasted one week in retirement and was recruited by Hardware Hank. Being known as the “go-to guy” for always being helpful and happy, many of you would leave with a smile on your face. In recent years he was one of the founders of the Rugby Car Club and toured the area with his fellow collectors. Dwight was a long time member of Bethany Lutheran Church, a life member of the Rugby Fire Department, the Geo-graphical Center Race Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3834, and the Persilla Watts Cemetery Board. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; and his daughters, Jill McClintock Rugby, Marlee and her husband Darin Meschke Bismarck, Dana Jelsing Minot, and Christy Jelsing Bismarck. He leaves grandchildren Brett, Brooks, Alexander, and Jack McClintock; Kellie Rohrich, and Abbie and Grace Meschke; Rhett, Rachel, and Julia Bjork; Ian Jelsing, and Quin and Ella Hafner; and one great- grandchild, Beckett Rohrich. Also, three sisters, Javonne Harward, Colorado; Marrel and her husband Floyd Burow, Minnesota; and Peggy and her husband Gary Oksendahl, Rugby. Dwight also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger, and sisters Gayle Jelsing and Sandra Blessum.
Funeral services were held at First Lutheran Church in Rugby on Friday March 6th at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Sharon Baker and Rev. Elaine Sveet will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jay Adam, Douglas Bengson, Kraig Burow, Scott Oksendahl, Duane Reierson, and Bob Reierson. Dwight’s nieces and nephews, members of the Rugby Fire Department, and members of the Rug-by Car Club will serve as honorary bearers. Dwight will be buried in Persilla Watts Cemetery later in the spring. Memorials are welcome to: Tunbridge Lutheran Church Presevation Society which Dwight was passionate about.
On line tributes at www.niewoehnerfh.com
Niewoehner Funeral Home, Rugby 701-776-6222
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