Edward Breckel, 77, of Bismarck
Ed was born April 1, 1935, in Linton, the seventh of nine children born to Henry and Amelia (Schmierer) Breckel. He attended grades 1-8 at Omio Country School and graduated from Linton High School in 1954. He taught in the Omio Rural School District from Sept. 1954 – May 1956. Ed then entered the U.S. Army and served stateside from Sept. 1956 – Sept. 1958. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard until April of 1961.
Following his honorable discharge from the service, Ed was employed as a retail clerk at Willow’s Store until he began his lumber career. Ed was an “on call manager” where he managed seven different lumber yards as they transitioned from Thompson yards and Weyerhaeuser Company to United Building Center. While closing the Thompson Yard in Jamestown, he met his future wife, Rochelle Gail Ulrickson. They were married on Sept. 16, 1962, in Linton. Ed continued his lumber career as manager of United Building Centers in Strasburg for two years and then managed UBC in Linton until 1966 when he became assistant manager at The Lumber Mart, Inc, in Mandan. In 1968 he took over as manager and became owner/manager in 1977. The lumberyard was sold to Great Plains Supply in 1989 and Ed was project consultant for several years before working for NDDOT. He retired from that job in 1998.
During his lumber career he served on the Board of Directors of the N.D. Retail Lumberman’s Association and the Northwestern Lumberman’s Association, which is a four state board. Century Baptist Church was dear to his heart as he and his family are charter members. Ed served on several committees and boards and was church moderator for two separate terms. His remaining years were lived quietly as Parkinson’s disease became more difficult and then dementia became an issue. Ed entered the Baptist Home in June of 2011.
Ed is survived by his wife, Gail; his daughters, Dawne (Devin) Mogck and Dee (Jeff) Herdebu; his grandchildren, Anne Mogck, Lynsey Mogck, Jylahna Herdebu, Krystyn Herdebu, Daniel Herdebu and Edward Herdebu; his greatgrandchildren, Jazyra and Siri Herdebu; three sisters, Lorraine Tschritter, Arlene Schaeffer and Loretta Rau; and his brother, Gottlieb (Norma) Breckel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Otto and Calvin; and sisters, Christina and Alvina.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Century Baptist Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Gordon Stork officiating.
Burial was held at 2 p.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial fund.
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