Eddy Lakoduk, 96, Fargo, formerly of Butte, N.D., passed Thursday, March 27, 2014, in a Fargo hospital.
Eddy was born on Dec. 10, 1917, northwest of Butte, in Olivia Township of McHenry County. He was the oldest child of Sam and Mary (Siroshton) Lakoduk and graduated from Butte High School.
Eddy was united in marriage to Gladys Norberg on Sept. 2, 1938, in Minot. Their union was a long and loving one with many good times, travels, deep affection and trust. They retired in their early 60s and spent the summer months at their Pelican Lake, Minn., lake home and the winter months in Palm Desert, Calif., for 28 years. Also, they maintained their home in Butte for fun family gatherings with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ed was a worker and when he started something he would never ever quit. He was truly an inspiration. In the early 1960s his eldest son Larry was working as a DJ at a radio station in Fargo and told Ed the station was for sale. Ed suggested that they should try to buy it. After working for more than two years to raise capital they were able to finally buy the station and on May 1, 1965, KQWB-AM radio and Midwest Radio Company, was born. This radio station became the most listened to and largest revenue producing station in Fargo and North Dakota.
In addition, for many years, Ed sold life and health insurance across the state of North Dakota and into Montana. He was quite successful and consistently was among the top sellers. When his brother Roy became ill in the mid-1960s Ed retired from sales and began farming land north of Butte, which he had purchased many years prior. Thankfully, grain prices and productivity were above average in the mid-1970s and he was able to retire at that time. Gladys died on Feb. 15, 2011.
Ed greatly enjoyed being involved with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Attending their sporting events, school programs and piano recitals was great fun for him. He also loved the water skiing shows the kids would put on for the family at Pelican Lake. He played golf for the first time when he was 63 years of age and became pretty good.
Ed is survived by: sons, Larry Lakoduk, Carlsbad, Calif., and James (Linda) Lakoduk, Fargo; his sister Dorothy Nygard, Minot; Larry’s children, Kim (Mark) Rudrud, Minneapolis, Tammy (Dave) Zigrang and Todd Lakoduk, all Carlsbad; Jim’s children, Melony Taylor, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Melissa Swanson and Nicholas Lakoduk, both of Fargo. His great-grandchildren are Ashley, Courtney and Lauren Lakoduk, Kalie and Tanner Zigrang, Madeleine, Julia and James Taylor, Benjamin, Brooke and Sienna Swanson.
Ed was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; brothers, Alfred, Ralph, Alvin and Roy; sister, Lorraine (Ted) Meyer; daughter-in-law, Audrey (Nelson) Lakoduk; and grandson, Jay Lakoduk.
Funeral service: Tuesday, April 1, at 11 a.m. in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Butte.
Interment: Butte Community Cemetery, Butte.
Visitation: Monday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
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