Remembering Jerry Kvidt
Jerome "Jerry" Martinus Kvidt, retired business manager for Athletics, died May 20 at Altru Hospital. He was 81.
He was born May 16, 1931 in Fargo to Margaret (Kaushagen) and Martinus Kvidt. He attended country schools, first at Sunny Hill and then at Heiberg, and graduated from Twin Valley High School in 1949. Jerry excelled at sports, and his love for athletics continued throughout his life. After graduation, he entered the United States Air Force, where he was stationed in England.
He married Shirley Neustal on June 27, 1953, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Manhomen, Minn. They made their home in a castle at Sittington Hall in England. He also served in Minneapolis, Colorado Springs, Lorton, Va., Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii, and Grand Forks. During his arly years in the Air Force, he was a master parachutist and completed 160 jumps. He retired in 1972 as Chief Master Sgt., and was a Sgt. Major with the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Jerry's second career was as Athletic Business Manager at UND for 21 years. He instituted a number of innovative business methods in Athletics, and received the 1995 George Eldridge Distinguished Service Award from the College Athletic Business Management Association. He rarely missed a game at UND, and received a Letterwinners Honorary Award in 1990.
He was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway, and was a Presidents Club member at UND. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with loved ones.
Jerry and Shirley had four children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He enjoyed watching them play sports, perform at recitals, and spending time with them at their lake home on South Twin Lake, Minn.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Shirley; daughter, Sherry (Alan) Coxe; sons, David (Pam) Kvidt and Brian (Rhonda) Kvidt; daughter-in-law Lyn Kvidt; sister, Hope (Don) Seeger; brother, Allen (Bette Jo) Kvidt; grandchildren Michael (Shauna) Coxe, Robert Coxe, Krystle, Joshua, Joseph, Alexandra, Brandon (Nissa), Zachariah, and Blake Kvidt, and great-grandchildren Hunter and Kimber Coxe.
He was preceded in death by his parents and eldest son Jerome "Dewey" Kvidt.
In lieu of flowers, the famly requests donations be made to the Dewey Kvidt Memorial Duathlon, c/o Sherry Kvidt Coxe, 756 Ashley Lane NE, Thompson, ND, 58278. More information is available at deweydu.org .