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Donald Ewart McCullagh

Donald Ewart McCullagh

Jan. 31, 1912 - Aug. 16, 2009

Donald Ewart McCullagh, 97, Fargo, N.D., died Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Fargo Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

Don Ewart McCullagh was born January 31, 1912 in Motley, Minn. He graduated high school in Goodrich, N.D. Don attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He graduated law school in 1947 from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He married Grace Esther Myhre on May 24, 1933; they made their home in Fargo. For many years, they wintered in Ocean Ridge, Fla., and spent summers on Lake Melissa, Minn. In recent years they lived at the Waterford, Fargo. Grace died in 2007.

Don practiced law in Fargo for many years, and served as Cass County Judge in 1968, retiring in 1973. He was grateful for a good life, with good health, a loving family and many friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Jeanine (Alonzo) Gjesvold, Elk River, Minn.; sons, Dr. Ronald (Mary Beth), Scottsdale, Ariz., and Rev. Dr. Donald (Dr. Marjorie), Fargo; 8 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. George and Inez (Parker) McCullagh; sister, Vera Parke; brother, Byron McCullagh; and sister, Eleanor Harris.

Memorials are preferred to the church, college or the charity of one's choice.

A visitation and prayer service were held on August, 21, 2009 in West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

A memorial service was held on August 22, 2009, at First Lutheran Church, Fargo. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

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(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)