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Richard Wurgler

Jun 26, 2021

March 16, 1939-March 11, 2021

Richard Wurgler, 81, of

Knox, North Dakota

passed away Thursday,

March 11, 2021 in a Minot

hospital after a year-long

battle with acute myeloid

leukemia. A memorial

service will be held Sa-

turday, July 3, at 2:00

p.m. at First Lutheran

Church in Rugby, fol-

lowed by food, fellowship

and memory sharing at

the Rugby Eagles.

Richard was born

March 16, 1939 in Rugby

to Alfred and Olga (Lo-

ken) Wurgler. He was

raised and educated in

Knox, graduating from

Knox High School in

1957. He started working

with his father at Al’s Ser-

vice and Repair at an ear-

ly age, cleaning parts and

doing odd jobs. By the

time he was a teenager, he

was able to handle any

problem that came

through the door, whether

it was engine overhauls,

welding, transmission or

autobody repair, painting,

windshield replacement,

or a myriad of other

mechanical breakdowns.

He got the job done even

if he had to fabricate both

the parts and tools to do

it. Following his high

school graduation, he was

employed full-time at Al’s

Service. He had a special

talent for diagnostics, and

other mechanics regularly

called him to diagnose

problems they couldn’t

figure out. He’d ask a few

questions, then tell them

what the problem and the

solution were.

He served in the 164th

Engineering Battalion of

the North Dakota National

Guard and was called to

active duty during the

Berlin Crisis in 1961-62.

On July 7, 1963 he mar-

ried Edith Hadler in

Surrey. They made their

home in Knox.

Richard was a member

of Pleasant Valley Church

of the Brethren, rural

York, until it closed in

2009. He taught Sunday

School, was a Deacon,

and served on several

church boards as well as

moderator of the congre-

gation. He was active in

the church’s camping pro-

gram at Camp Mon-Dak

near St. John, North Dako-

ta. He was a member of

the Knox Volunteer Fire

Department, and was

elected municipal judge

of Knox for several terms.

He was a long-time

volunteer at the Prairie

Village and Museum in

Rugby and enthusiastical-

ly helped in whatever

area he was needed.

In 1973 he bought Al’s

Service where the coffee

pot was always on and the

candy bars close at hand.

He sold Sno-Jet snowmo-

biles for a number of

years, and also farmed

near Knox. In 1996 he

closed the shop and start-

ed working at Rugby

Equipment, later

Gooseneck Implement, in

Rugby. Over the years he

mentored numerous

young men who worked

for him and with him.

Richard’s pastimes in-

cluded hunting, fishing

and snowmobiling. He

loved spending vacation

time with his sons and

their families. He was a

“fun grandpa” who knew

how to entertain his

grandkids and keep them

laughing. After retirement

in 2012, he enjoyed long

drives in the country,

feeding squirrels and

birds in the backyard and

tinkering in the shop. He

continued to repair

machinery for area farm-


Richard was a “people

person” who made friends

wherever he went. He

had a ready smile and

handled everything with a

quip and a grin, even dur-

ing his cancer treatment.

He lived by the Golden

Rule and never wanted

anyone to be able to say

he did a bad job or took

advantage of them.

He is survived by: his

wife, Edie, Knox; sons,

Ryan (Tina) Wurgler,

Stillwater, Minnesota, and

Steve (Joy) Wurgler, Tal-

lahassee, Florida; five

grandchildren, Erin and

Brynn Wurgler, and

Daniel, Benjamin and

Joshua Wurgler; sister,

Donna (Darryl) Blessum,

Guthrie, Oklahoma;

several nieces and

nephews, cousins and

brothers- and


He was preceded in

death by: his parents and

a sister, Beverly


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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