Thief River Falls - John Oscar Hulteen, 96, former State Supervisor of Property Tax Assessments for North Dakota, died Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Oakland Park Skilled Care Community in Thief River Falls, where he lived with his wife Dorothy since leaving North Dakota 10 years ago.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church, in Thief River Falls. Rev. John Golv, Rev. Ale Tulu, and daughter-in-law Rev. Susan Masters will co-officiate. Casket bearers include John’s grandchildren: Ronald Kochevar, Jason Kochevar, Josh Heck, Jarrod Heck, Marit Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters and Ella Masters. Honorary casket bearers include all of John’s great-grandchildren. Interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at Thief River Falls. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Born to Oscar and Christensa Hulteen on Oct. 27, 1916 at Bagley, John graduated from Clearbrook (Minnesota) High School. Before moving to North Dakota, he had been a 4-H leader in Minnesota, and was part of the four-member grand champion sheep judging team at the 1932 International Livestock Judging Contest in Chicago. John raised purebred sheep, was an avid gardener, and was a published poet.
John was assistant county agent and the county tax assessor in Clearwater county and very active in several community organizations.
John worked in the North Dakota Tax Department from 1963 until his retirement in 1983 under five commissioners: Lloyd Omdahl, Ed Sjaasstad, Byron Dorgan, Kent Conrad, and Heidi Heitkamp.
John is survived by his wife of more than 71 years Dorothy (Busse) Hulteen. The couple was married July 3, 1941 at Spooner, Wis. To this union three children were born: Suzanne Hulteen Kochevar (Rich Heck) of Minneapolis, James (Darlene) of Thief River Falls, and Bob (Susan Masters) of Minneapolis,. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Ronald (Sonia Zarate) Kochevar, Jason (Jenn) Kochevar, Josh (Deanna) Heck, Jarrod (Emelia) Heck, Marit (Bob) Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters, and Ella Masters; and 13 great-grandchildren: Justice Kochevar, Alex Villenas, Savannah Zarate, Jack Kochevar, Sam Kochevar, Riley Heck, Tegan Heck, Jaden Rivers, Gretchen Rivers, Rachel Rivers, Lucas John Rivers and Evie Hulteen and a sister-in-law: Margaret Busse.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Carl (Hattie); and his sisters, Eleanor, Violet Arnquist (Martin), and Olga Peterson (Donald), as well as one grandchild, Suzanne Elizabeth Hulteen.
In lieu of flowers, John, who had been a longtime volunteer at AID in Mandan, and other food shelf work at First Lutheran Church in Mandan, would prefer donations be made to the Thief River Falls Food Shelf, or a local food pantry.