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Allen Graner

Allen Michael Graner died at the age of 64 years on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota.  He was born to Bernard and Isabelle (Froelich) Graner on October 23, 1953 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Allen was raised in the home of his parents and graduated from Mandan High School.  He continued his education and received his degree from NDSU in 1975.  He was a fraternity brother at ATO during his time at NDSU.  On June 23, 1978 he was united in marriage to Nancy (Howie) in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Together the couple raised their children in Rugby, a daughter, Jennifer and a son, Michael.  He worked in the Farm & Ranch management field for 41 years.  During the course of his career, he received numerous accolades and recognition for his contributions.  Allen loved his Twins baseball, had a love/hate relationship with the Vikings, and had a passion for NDSU Bison football.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching his grandchildren grow up.

Allen is survived by his wife, Nancy of 39 years; daughter, Jennifer (Andrew) Bartsch and their children, Jack and Emily of Fargo; son, Michael (Lyndsey) and their children, Ally and Luke of Rugby; a sister, Judy Eckroth of Las Vegas, Nevada; numerous nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Michelle and his parents.

Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby.  Father Tom Graner, Celebrant.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday with a Rosary and vigil prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in rugby.  There will be no reviewal at the church.

Posted Condolences:

My thoughts and prays are with Al's family during this time of grieving. I got know Al through NFRBMEA over that past 25 years. Al will be greatly missed in the Farm Business Management profession. Al will be greatly missed by all of us.
My sympathies,
Ron Dvergsten; FBM Instructor Northland College in Thief River Falls, MN

Deepest sympathies to the family, knew Al through work for the last 20 years and he was a honest straight forward enjoyable guy who will be greatly missed
Ronald Smithberg

Al will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with Al’s family at this difficult time.
Our greatest sympathies,
Jay and Vangie Olson.

I had the pleasure of working with Al during my 9 years as the FBM instructor in Williston.  Al was the regional coordinator, and he came to visit from time to time.  He was a great man, and he will be missed!  All my best to the Graner family.  May all the best memories be remembered, and God bless!
Beau Anderson

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jerome Schiff

Al was a dear friend and highly respected Farm Management instructor.  I've known Al for most of 40 yeats. He was a hard worker and worked hard for ND Farm Management as well as our national organization. He will be missed! 
Mark Holkup

I've known Al since the 70's.  We started our ag ed careers the same year.  Al would attended pretty much all the national conferences.  I remember the time we were speakers at a conference with the topic of how does a beginning farm management teacher create a successful program for the long term. That was 40 years ago.  He certainly knew what he was talking about. Thanks Al for all the great memories.  I will miss you.
Tim Holtquist



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