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Obituary: Kent Tesch


August 8, 2022

Kent Tesch

Kent Tesch

Kent W. Tesch, 70, Fessenden, N.D., passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Trinity Hospital, Minot, N.D.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, August 5 at First Lutheran Church, Fessenden, N.D., with Pastor Shirley Teske officiating. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery, Cathay, N.D.

Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 4 at Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden, and one hour prior to services at the church. The service was live streamed on the First Lutheran Facebook Page.

Kent "Woody" William Tesch, was born on November 19, 1951, in Kensal, N.D. to Germaine Tesch (Petrek) and Woodrow Tesch.

Kent attended school in Cathay, N.D., where he excelled at basketball and other sports. He graduated from Cathay High School in 1969. After graduation, he attended college to play basketball.

He returned home after college where he worked for Wells County and in 1975, he was married to Cheryl Janssen. They had three children together, Travis, Misty, and Tanner.

In 1976, he began working for N.D. DOT and worked there until his retirement in 2014.

He married Rita Peterson-Wobbema in December, 2002, where he gained two bonus children, Jackie and Vickie. They remained married until his passing.

Kent had many passions in life, which included golfing, gardening, and sports, especially his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Tesch; his three children, Travis (Jennifer) Tesch, Garrison, N.D., and their children, Jaxson, Ty, and John; Misty (Brett) Cronin, New Rockford, N.D., and their children, Connor, Landon, and BJ. Tanner (Tiffani) Tesch of Fessenden, N.D., and three children, Myka, Eryn, and Penelope; Jacki (Brian) Lovgren and their children, Shaylee, Kalyn, Graden, Kali and Kody; Vicki Wobbema and her children, Brandon and Ladon; brothers, Kermit (Jean) of S.D. and Joe (Jane) of Bismarck, N.D.; sisters, Karen Renner of Chisholm, Minn., and Karla Sondag of Fargo, N.D.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father.

Arrangements with Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden, North Dakota.


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