Written by Wolf Point Herald
Henry "Hank" Martin Kilsdonk, 94, longtime Culbertson resident, died at the Roosevelt County Long Term Care Center in Culbertson early Sunday morning, Sept. 30, 2012.
Henry "Hank" Martin Kilsdonk was born April 25, 1918, in New Rockford, N.D., to Martin and Mary Elizabeth (Williamsen) Kilsdonk. He was raised and educated in Jamestown, N.D., attending the Saint John’s Academy.
He joined the CCCs in August of 1935 and was honorably discharged in May of 1939. During this period of service, he traveled and lived in several states, the last being Montana.
While in Montana, he met Mildred Rasmussen. They were united in marriage on May 25, 1939, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Culbertson. They were married 58 years until her death in 1997.
In 1944, they purchased a farm north of Bainville. Even though he had other jobs over the years, farming was his greatest passion.
After retiring, they traveled extensively throughout the United States in their motorhome visiting family and friends. They were active members of the "Good Sam’s Club" and enjoyed meeting and making new friends.
He is survived by his sons, Ralph Kilsdonk of Hammondsport, N.Y., Rod-
ney Kilsdonk of Sidney, Stanley Kilsdonk of Fairview, Odean Kilsdonk of Culbertson and Timothy Kilsdonk of Hornel, N.Y.; daughters, Mildred Owings of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Kathy Kilsdonk of Douglas, Wyo.; his sisters, Virginia Szarkowski, Josephine Miska and Margaret Quigley; 30 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (Rasmussen) Kilsdonk; two sons, Martin John Kilsdonk and Eldon Mathew Kilsdonk; one daughter, Veralyn Angela Smith; and several siblings.
His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Culbertson. Father Francis Schreiber officiated and interment followed in the Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson. Everson Funeral Home of Williston, N.D., assisted the family.