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Walter G. Wockovich

Walter G. Wockovich

Walter G. Wockovich, 87, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

Walter Glenn Wockovich was born at home on May 30, 1930 in Grand Forks, ND, the son of Rode and Mable (Pederson) Wockovich. Walter attended Grand Forks Central High School, graduating in 1949. He entered the United States Army on January 16, 1951 at Grand Forks and served with the 164th Infantry Division during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from military service on March 18, 1952. Walter met the love of his life, Gladys Driscoll in East Grand Forks, MN and they married in Minneapolis, MN on March 27, 1954. They had 3 children, a son, Rick and daughters, Kim and Nancy.

He was employed with the Northern Pacific Railroad and retired as a switch foreman with the Burlington Northern Railroad. Walter loved working for the railroad and enjoyed sharing many stories of his career. Walter and Gladys enjoyed traveling and camping over the years with their family. He loved to watch University of North Dakota sports and was an avid Packers, Bears and Vikings fan. He was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Grand Forks and the American Legion Post 157 in East Grand Forks.

Family was the most important aspect of Walter's life. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him great joy in his life. Anyone who knew him knew his amazing sense of humor and love for telling stories. He adored his wife, Gladys and she was his everything. Their love created an amazing family that will miss him greatly.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys; a son, Rick Wockovich, a daughter, Kim Stevenson, both of Grand Forks, ND and a daughter, Nancy (Ron) Bergh, East Grand Forks, MN; a granddaughter, Kelly (Bryan) Williams; grandsons, Christopher (Katie) Tack, Jared (Jennifer) Stevenson, Jeff (Lindsay) Stevenson; a granddaughter, Laura Tack and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Elva Olson, Irene Rassmussen, Marvin Wockovich, Rodger Wockovich; a grandson, Ryan Tack and a son-in-law, Spencer Stevenson.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2017 in Augustana Lutheran Church, 520 University Avenue, Grand Forks, ND. Visitation: One hour prior to the service in the church on Monday.

Burial: Calvary North Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.

Military Honors: Accorded by members of the American Legion Post 157, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817 and the North Dakota Army National Guard.

The online memorial registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)