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Leon F. Dubourt

Leon F. Dubourt, 82, of Walhallla, ND passed away peacefully, with his family, Saturday, January 23, 2016 in Grand Forks, ND. A private family service will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Nelson-Askew Funeral Home in Walhalla. Friends are invited to join the family from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 29th at the Walhalla Lutheran Church for a time of remembrance of Leon's life. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Walhalla Airport Authority or the Gorge Arts and Heritage Council of Walhalla.
Leon Frederick Dubourt was born May 24, 1933 to Leon A. and Sarah (Holwell) Dubourt. He grew up on a farm two miles east of Leroy, ND. Leon attended the East Leroy School and graduated from Walhalla High School in 1951. He attended college at NDAC in Fargo, Mayville State, Ventura Jr. College in California, graduating from UND in 1956.
He married Joyce Rutherford in 1952 and they had seven children.
In 1960, he began his banking career as part owner of the Walhalla State Bank in Walhalla, ND. He was very active in community development. Leon served as mayor of Walhalla and was on the Board of Directors for the construction of the Walhalla Clinic. Other business accomplishments include creation of the ethanol plant originally known as Dawn Enterprises and the Walhalla Bean Company. In recent years, he was instrumental in the merger and creation of the Choice Financial Group and served on the Board of Directors. He was very involved in the support and maintenance of the Walhalla Airport Authority and was in partnership with Robert Thornberg and the development of Sweet Pro products.
In 1986, he married Geraldine Charbonneau Soli and the families blended with her two daughters.
Leon had an appreciation for politics, history, aeronautics, gardening, reading and art.
Survivors include his wife, Gerri; children: Dawn (Duane) Schurman, Babette (Brian) Jones, Jocelyn (Brad) Sherwood, Renee Barry, Wendy (Jeff) Herman, Jaime (Joe) Deck; daughter-in-law, Shelly Dubourt; step-children: Rachelle (Joe) Barton and Sabrina (Francis) Lafferty; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his son, Douglas Leon Dubourt; best friend, Gyro; and family members: Paul Dubourt, Alice Strand, Jane Urseth, Antionette Eliason, Beatrice Huot, Bertha Urseth, Helen Dame, Dorothy Eppler, Bernice Gorman, Cheryl Gorman.
A special thank you from the Dubourt family to Dr. Hanna for his support, and to the nursing staff at Altru Hospital.

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Our sincere condolences to the family and friends. Leon and I would write back and forth a couple times in the last 10 years or so. Very interesting and intelligent man. From your distant cousins up North. Andy and Tina Dubourt

Andy Dubourt Jun 29 2016 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Leon. Thank you for all you have accomplished and all the lives you have touched.

Terry Hanson Jan 29 2016 12:00 AM

You are in our hearts and prayers. Leon was a kind and special man to me and my entire family. Scott, Charlie, Brian Wurzbacher Grandchildren of Bertha Dubourt

Scott Wurzbacher Jan 28 2016 12:00 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss. An icon that will be missed by many. May God bring you peace and comfort. Valorie Letkeman

Valorie Letkeman Jan 28 2016 12:00 AM

One the best people that I have known. A lifetime promoter of Walhalla, always with a smile. You will be missed my friend. Thank you for just being you.

Gary R. Ness Jan 28 2016 12:00 AM

My prayers and sympathies to all of Leon's family. Keep all of your memories to celebrate his life. My Mom grew up near Leroy and the Dubourt family were her good friends, she has a lot of stories about the fun she had with Kiddo, Helen, Honey and Cheryl.

Audrey Beauchamp Jan 28 2016 12:00 AM

I am happy to say that I've had the pleasure of getting to know Leon through-out the past several years. He reminded me of Honey so caring and all around a wonderful man. God bless. You have all my sympathy.

Heidi Eppler & Annie Jan 27 2016 12:00 AM

Wendy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you at this difficult time.

Lisa Vetter Jan 27 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We will miss Leon a lot. We will always think of him as Uncle Kiddo and remember his kindness in always coming to Grand Forks for family reunions and entertaining us with his droll humor. Deann and Lee Christianson

Deann Christianson Jan 26 2016 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss Gerri Dubourt and family. Leon touched many lives he will be dearly missed by so many, to many to count. Most people who have visited Leon I for one have taken away so much more than just a visit he was a very intelligent man to say the least. He was loved by many people. I have to tell you when visiting with Leon sometimes he would sit there for a while and I didn't know if I should ask again I didn't know if he had hearing aids that weren't turned up, however it was none of the above he looked at me and said if I don't answer right away I'm thinking because I don't want to give you the wrong answer. What a great and wise man rest in peace Uncle Leon.

Denise Jan 26 2016 12:00 AM

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