Recent EPSILON Chapter Alumni News

Timothy J. Gerhart (EEE '81) (updated 5/4/2017):
Hey Brothers! I retired after 31 years with WAPA. I now do volunteer work.

Val G. Tareski (EE '63) (updated 8/1/2015):
One of our Brothers died recently (July 5, 2015). Val Tareski was a professor at NDSU and a member of Epsilon. His obituary is here:

H. Oscar Schlenker (H. Oscar) (ME '66) (updated 2/3/2012):
I retired after 43 years with enclosed drive manufacturer Hub City Inc. Aberdeen, South Dakota, a division of Regal Beloit Corp. During my career, I was also employed by Caterpillar Inc. and the Bob Cat Company. At Hub City I held the positions of Vice President and Division Manager, Vice President of Engineering, Engineering Manager, Chief Engineer and Product Engineer. I have been on the Technical Advisory Boards of North Dakota State School of Science, Northern State University, and Watertown Technical Institute. I served on the board of directors of Heartland Grain Fuels, The Aberdeen Development Corp. and The City Aberdeen Planning Board and Zoning Board.
My wife Frieda and I continue to live in Aberdeen, travel and winter in southern states. We have two grown daughters and three grandchildren that reside in southeastern Minnesota.

William W. Barr Jr. (ChE '45) (updated 6/23/2010):
William Barr (Bill) passed away today 6-16-10 in Colorado Springs, CO
He was an active member of Epsilon Chapter during the years 1945-48
In 1948 he joined American Crystal Sugar Co. and directed the laboratory
at their new Moorhead, MN plant. He married Mildred Petersen of Erie
in April of 1948. The company moved him to the main office in Denver and
then back to Moorhead when the Company changed locations. He was
director of Research and Facilities for many years prior to his retirement.
They moved from Fargo to Colorado Springs at that time. Both of the
children still at home graduated from NDSU just prior to the move. All of
the family now reside in Colorado with son Bruce nearby and daughter Cathy
residing in Loveland and daughter Connie near Salida. They have 6
grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by
one brother, Burton of Honolulu, HI.
The Barr's resided at 3964 Coral Pt., Colorado Springs, CO 80917
phone 719-637-1133 Bill was born 11-10-22 at Harvey, ND to William
and Elsie Barr. He graduated from Fessenden High School in 1940.
He graduated from NDAC in 1944 and served in the Army, 1944-45
serving in Europe.


James B. Faller (ArchE '75) (updated 6/7/2010):
We received a note in December, 2006, from Mrs. (Bonnie) Faller that Brother Faller lost his battle with cancer on August 19, 2006.

Harold M. Reslock (CE '40) (updated 6/7/2010):

Keith R. Deyo (Eng '55) (updated 3/8/2010):
Keith R. Deyo, 76, of La Crescent, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in his home. He was born on July 4, 1933, in Browns Valley, Minn., to Ted and Helen (Duehr) Deyo. Keith graduated from North Dakota State University in 1955 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. He was a member of Sigma Phi Delta fraternity. Following college he accepted a position with Chrysler Corp. in their two-year engineering program at the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, where he received a M.S. degree in Automotive Engineering. During this period he met and married Marion Teichmann, his boss’ secretary. In August of 1957 he was ordered to fulfill his two-year active duty commitment at Fort Belvoir, Va. After his discharge from the army as First Lieutenant, he and Marion returned to Detroit and he later accepted a job at Trane Co. in 1961. Here he worked in Manufacturing Management for 33 years before retirement.

Keith was a member of La Crescent United Methodist Church. His active involvement in the community included president of La Crescent Apple Festival, president of La Crescent Lions Club, as well as Zone Chairman and Deputy District Governor. “The Man of the Year” award was presented to Keith at the 1974 Apple Festival. In 1975, he was elected mayor of La Crescent, a position he held for four years. Keith was an avid golfer who thoroughly enjoyed playing golf and bridge with friends. Planting and watching his vegetable garden grow were another joy to him.

He is survived by his wife, Marion; his children, Bonnie (Mark) Zeinert of High Point, N.C., and Douglas (Sue) Deyo of Goodyear, Ariz.; grandchildren Meghan Rose, Doug Deyo and Alyssa Deyo; sisters Phyllis Schwargerl of Browns Valley and Mary Lou Toelle of Browns Valley; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Charlotte and Doris.

Memorial services were held Feb. 15 at La Crescent United Methodist Church. Pastor David Price officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the La Crescent United Methodist Church or Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation for cancer research and/or Hospice Care.

The family wishes to thank Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center doctors, especially Drs. Brasic and Jumonville, and the hospice nurses for their compassionate care during Keith’s long illness.

The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent assisted the family with arrangements.

Orin J. Score (EE '67) (updated 11/8/2009):
I retired in Sept. 2006 after 27 years with 3M, 3 years with Imation, and 7 years with QLogic. I did electronic design work for 5 years for an electron beam recorder at 3M. The balance of my career at 3M was in engineering management for copy machines, digital proofing, digital recording, and other graphic hardgoods programs. I had many different hats in my career including design engineer, electrical design supervisor, quality manager, technical service manager, software development manager, project manager, and manufacturing manager. I closed out my last 7 years at QLogic as a project manager for new fibre channel switch development. I am now happily retired with three grown kids and ten grandkids. I enjoy hunting, fishing, travel, and home projects. Send me an email if you're in the area and could visit!

Michael Schulz (ME '85) (updated 10/3/2009):
In January 2009, I returned to Seattle from a 3-1/2 year assignment in Australia. I would love to hear from any brothers and catch up!

Jason Bruce Meyer (L. Architecture '07) (updated 9/3/2009):
Moved to Colorado Springs to work for El Paso County as a Park Planner for the Parks Department. Erica and I are closing on our first home on 9-18-09.

David L. Olson (IE '70) (updated 8/24/2009):
We received the following note from Mrs. (Judy) Olson:

Hi; I received your card today and wanted to inform you that David L. Olson, 1833 15th St SW, Minot, ND who graduated from NDSU in Fargo in 1970 died on 6-10-09 from metastic colon cancer which lead to heart problems. He fought the cancer for 2 1/2 years. He is survived by myself, his wife of almost 39 years and our two children Mark A Olson & Jennifer E Pederson.

Donald W. Hanson (ArchE '58) (updated 7/5/2009):
We received notice that Brother Hanson died recently. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2008; however, he died peacefuly in Fargo of a heart attack, after wintering in Tucson, AZ. Specific date of death not given.

John M. Opie (ArchE '62) (updated 6/24/2009):
Daughter Jane Epstein wrote us to report Brother Opie's death on 2/8/2009. No other details available.

Alphens E. Forsman (ME '38) (updated 1/20/2009):
Son Don called to report Brother Forsman's death on 3/27/2008 at home of progressive dementia. Brother Forman joined the Army Air Corps before World War II and retired as Colonel, USAF. In his career he flew all types of planes from biplanes to modern jets, including C-47s in the Berlin Airlift. After retirement from USAF, Brother Forsman served the City of Grand Forks Water Department, where he employed his considerable management and engineering skills.

Branden Ray Schiwal (ME '00) (updated 12/10/2008):
Nicole and I are expecting our first child in March!

Irvin C. Holman (ArchE '50) (updated 10/11/2008):
We received notice of Brother Holman's death from Brother Gordun Maier (Epsilon 1953). Brother Maier sent us check in Brother Holman's memory and also sent the tribute to Brother Holman. The tribute states,in part, "He worked his way NDAC, alternatly farming and living in the Sigma Phi Delta house near campus. He was thrilled to be named an NDSU honored alumnus in 1997." The guestbook is available at

Melvin A. Thuring (CE '39) (updated 10/11/2008):
We received a note from Allen Turing, Brother Turing's son, reporting Brother Turing's death on 2/9/2008. "My dad was always proud to be an engineer," he said.

Herbert Karges (CE '31) (updated 7/18/2008):
Brother Karges's son Bob wrote us an e-mail reporting Brother Karges's death. He wrote, "We just received a Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity Happy Birthday card for my father Herbert G. Karges. My dad is no longer with us - he was 98. I would quess, he would have been one of your older members. He was pleased to have been a member of the Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity."

Lawrence M. Bjornstad (CE '51) (updated 5/8/2008):
Along with his change of address, brother Bjornstad sent us a note that he's moved to a nice retirement community.

David A. Bendikson (ME '68) (updated 5/4/2008):
We received notification in 2008 that Brother Bendikson died in December, 2006.