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George Welte

George Welte

George Albert Welte, 79 of Bemidji, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.

Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji with Pastor Corey Fuhrman officiating. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. George served in the United States Coast Guard for four years. He will be buried with military honors under the direction of the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home of Bemidji.

George was born the son of Clare and Amelia (Marie) Welte of Lengby, Minnesota. He was educated in Lengby and graduated from Fosston High School in 1951. After four years in the Coast Guard, George returned to the area and enrolled in Bemidji State University in 1958. He graduated with a degree in Accounting in 1962 and continued on to receive his Masters in Business Administration. Upon graduation, George worked for the Bemidji Hospital as their hospital administrator for about five years and then took a position with the Bemidji Area School District as the Director of Business Services where he retired after 29 years.

On March 19th, 1983, George married Paula Garni, the love of his life, of Ely, MN. They had one child, Teri, the other love of his life, on May 16th, 1987. George, Paula and Teri spent the next twenty-six years loving every moment of their time together and embracing the memories they made as a family. George will be remembered by family and friends as someone who always gave of his time, love and talents.

George had a personal and professional life that would be the envy of everyone. Trained as an electronics professional in the Military, there were few things that George could not do – he was quite the handyman. After his discharge from the Coast Guard, George enrolled in Bemidji State Teaching College and became immersed in college life. He was instrumental in the formation of the Alumni Association at Bemidji State University and served as its’ first President. Several years later he was the first person to be inducted into the prestigious Outstanding Alumni group.

George was the community person that an authority dreams about. He was a Shriner and Mason for over 50 years and served in leaderships roles within the organization. He was a Rotary member for 52 years and had once served as its president. He was the official photographer for the Dragon Boat races and Rotary events. George was a long time member of the Citizens Patrol and instrumental in getting the organization started. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church for over 50 years and served on several committees during his time there before becoming a member at First Lutheran Church where he served as a volunteer and was the church treasurer at his death.

Honorary pallbearers are George’s longtime friends and associates of the public schools: David Bucher, Gerald Abbott, Earl Gangeness along with his future son-in-law, Zachary Savoie.

George is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Paula and his daughter, Teri. George has a sister, Karen Engelsgaard of Fosston, MN as well as three sister-in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

George is preceded in death by his father, Clare, and mother, Amelia (Marie) and two brothers.

The family of George Welte requests that memorials be directed to Bemidji State University Foundation – George Welte Memorial Fund.

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