Dusterhoft, a leader among N.D. petroleum marketers, diesLoren Dusterhoft, the owner of several service stations in Grand Forks and a leader among petroleum marketers in North Dakota, died Monday in Detroit Lakes, Minn., at the age of 68.
By: TJ Jerke,
Loren Dusterhoft, the owner of several service stations in Grand Forks and a leader among petroleum marketers in North Dakota, died Monday in Detroit Lakes, Minn., at the age of 68.
“He had a lot of friends in the industry from all over the state that are going to miss not having him around,” said Matt Bjornson, co-owner of Bjornson Oil in Cavalier, N.D.
Dusterhoft was known primarily by the public as president of Dusterhoft Oil, which operated service stations. But, in the industry, he was known especially for his service on the North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association’s board of directors.
Dusterhoft spent more than 15 years as a board member, travelling and testifying in front of state legislative committees. He had a true passion for it, according to association President Mike Rud
“You can’t replace wisdom, he had a lot of years in the business and he saw a lot of things come and go,” Rud said. “He was a great example for a lot of us in the industry.”
Born Dec. 12, 1943, in Grafton, N.D., Dusterhoft later married Dorette Kerian of Minto, N.D. in 1968; they later divorced. The two had two children, Scott and Kara.
He took over his first Amoco service station on the corner of University Avenue and North Washington Street, which is now a Cenex convenience store. In 1977, he took over the Demers Interstate Amoco.
The 32nd Avenue South Amoco opened in 1993, according to Ed Schenk, manager of the Demers and 32nd Avenue locations.
Dusterhoft operated a fourth station along South Washington, which was later sold.
Schenk, who has worked for Dusterhoft Oil for 35 years, said Dusterhoft truly cared about his employees. “He was always someone if you had a family emergency he understood those things and would help out with what he could,” Schenk said. “He was always taking the time to comment or find out how you were doing.”
John Lutheran, manager of the 32nd Avenue location, knew Dusterhoft for 30 years, working for him for 16 years.
“He has always treated me fair,” he said. “I really enjoyed working for him.”
“As great a man as he was for the association, I think he was an even better person,” Rud said. “I think everyone enjoyed and loved Loren, he will be sorely missed.”
Dusterhoft is survived by his son and daughter, his partner Kathy Roles, a granddaughter, a brother and four sisters.
A visitation is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Stennes Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. N.E., East Grand Forks. The funeral is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks.
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