Ferdinand Alexander Huschka
Ferdinand “Fritz” Huschka 94, of Hope, passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at the Griggs County Care Center in Coopertown, ND.
Fritz was born on a farmstead in Southheart, ND, July 21, 1927 to Frank and Magdalena Huschka. He moved to Hope in 1937 in a car full of sheep and attended school in Blabon until the 8th grade. Then he began his love of farming with his dad and brothers. Fritz entered the US Army in 1946 as a Technician, in Company C 42nd Engineer Construction Battalion. He was being transported to Japan and was detoured to Korea. In 1947, he was honorably discharged for family hardship due to the loss of his brothers in WW II.
Fritz married Marvyl (Christianson) October 13, 1951 at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church in Hope, ND. He was a substitute post mail carrier and began farming and raising his family. He also became a 4-H leader, spent time as a Township Chairman, served on the Cenex Board, and was active in the American Legion. He retired in 1989 and kept himself busy by driving grain truck, gravel truck, and school bus. In 2002, he received an honorary high school diploma.
Besides love of family and farming, he also enjoyed dancing at the Eagles Club, playing cards with his Whist Club friends, bowling, playing poker, and trips to the Casino. When he no longer could do as much, he was always ready for a good pinochle game.
Fritz is survived by a son, Steve (Lois), Hope; daughters, Betty (Bill) Hofer, Oklahoma City, and Cheryl (Dale) Krueger, Hope; brothers-in-law, Dean (Carole), and Carmen (Kay Lynn) Christianson; sister-in-law, Loretta (Val) Huschka; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife and friend of 46 years, Marvyl (1997); parents, Frank and Magdelena; eleven brothers and sisters, Vince, Jerome, Amelia, Ida, Pauline, Adam, George, Andrew, Eva, Angeline (Angie), and Valentine (Val).
Services were held at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church, Monday, November 22, 2021. Reverend Joseph Barrett officiated the service; organist, Rebecca Zerface (niece); music by St. Agatha’s Choir (nieces and nephews); Pall Bearers, Evan Hofer, Kevin Huschka, Brandon Krueger, John Zachariason, Travis Bachmeier, and Kyle Huschka.
Interment at Hope Cemetery with Military Honors by Hope Legion Post #18
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