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Obituary: Donald Nutz


February 7, 2022

Donald Nutz

Donald Dean Nutz, 80, Carrington N.D., formerly Fessenden, N.D., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at his home under the care of hospice.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Sat., Feb. 5 at Calvary Baptist Church, Carrington, N.D., with Pastor Keith Hurlbut officiating. Burial will be at the Hope Mennonite Cemetery, rural Chaseley, N.D., in the spring.

Visitation was from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 4 at Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden, N.D., and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Donald Dean Nutz was born to Otto and Eleanor (Strobel) Nutz on May 19, 1941, in Harvey, N.D., a twin to Donna Mae.

Don graduated from Martin High School in 1959. In December 1959, he volunteered for the draft and was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served a tour of duty in Germany during the Berlin Crisis and was honorably discharged in March of 1962.

He farmed with his dad for a short time before beginning his truck driving career. He first hauled cattle for Dale Kost followed by a 37-year employment with New Rockford-Fessenden Co-op as a fuel transport driver.

On September 11, 1971, Don married Grace Kleinsasser in Harvey. They made their home and raised their daughters, Cynthia Dawn and Kimberly Ann, in Fessenden. In 2001, he retired from the transport. After his retirement he was employed by Beck Farms and Krahler Construction during the summer months.

In 2010, they moved to Carrington where they enjoyed spending time with family and attending their grandchildren’s activities. Don was hardworking and outgoing. He valued the many friendships he was blessed with throughout his years.

At the time of his death, Don was a part of the church family at Calvary Baptist in Carrington. He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post 33 of Fessenden, the VFW Post 1868 of Harvey, and the Jamestown Eagles Club.

Don will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 50 years, Grace; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Kevin Dietz, Gwinner, N.D., and Kim and Jim Schmitz, Carrington; six beloved grandchildren: Mackenzie, Shelby, and Troy Dietz and Hayden, Marah, and Hudson Schmitz; brothers-in-law: Arnold (Jan) Schimke, Williston, N.D., Elroy Reichenberger, Minot, N.D., Allen Kleinsasser, Rapid City, S.D., Russell (Janice) Kleinsasser, Chaseley, N.D., and Carter (Kathe) Kleinsasser, Carrington; sisters-in-law: Caryl Kleinsasser, Fargo, N.D., and Darlene Frueh, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Shirley Schimke, Kathleen Reichenberger, and Donna Frueh; brother, Lowell Nutz; brother-in-law, Don Frueh; sister-in-law, Anita Kleinsasser; and niece, Debra Frueh.


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