|Remembering Wilbur Weisser|
Wilbur Oscar Weisser, associate professor emeritus of physics, died Aug. 3 in Grand Forks. He was 87.
Weiser, the son of Jakob and Karolina (Heupel) Weisser, was born Dec. 17, 1922 in Ashley, N.D. He grew up on the family farm near Ashley attending a rural elementary school and graduating from Ashley High School. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in education and earned a master of science degree in mathematics and physics in 1953. He furthered his studies at Purdue, Western Michigan and Ohio State Universities.
Weisser taught mathematics and served as an assistant coach at the Carrington, N.D. High School from 1949 to 1953. He and Lois Josewski were married Aug. 20, 1950 at Maxbass, N.D. They moved to Staples, Minn., in 1953 where he taught mathematics and served as an assistant track coach at the Staples High School. In 1956 they moved to Dickinson, N.D., where he taught mathematics, physics and surveying at Dickinson State Teachers College.
In 1957 they moved to Grand Forks where he joined the UND physics department faculty as an instructor. He advanced to the rank of associate professor and then served as chair of the physics department from 1973 through 1987. During most of his tenure he served as regional counselor of high school physics in North Dakota for the American Association of Physics Teachers. He retired as associate professor emeritus of physics in June 1987.
He was especially interested in gardening which he learned from his parents and enjoyed throughout his adult life. He also enjoyed a variety of sporting activities as a spectator, especially football and basketball. Weisser served as official scorekeeper for the UND basketball games over a period of 20 years. He participated in league bowling for many years.
During his undergraduate years at UND Weisser was a member of the UND boxing team. He loved playing pool, cards and other competitive games as well as hunting waterfowl and upland game.
He especially loved watching his two grandsons, Max and Duddy, play competitive tennis. He was thrilled when in 1997 they were both members of the Grand Forks Central tennis team that won the North Dakota state title.
Weisser was a member of the Elks, AARP, Germans from Russia Heritage Society, as well as the American Association of Physics Teachers.
For the last one and one-half years, he lived with his Hearthstone Family at 4000 Valley Square.
He is survived by his wife Lois, sons Steve (Margo) of Grand Forks and Paul (Linda) of Lacey, Wash., six grandchildren and one great grandson; one brother and six sisters: Oswald (Alma), Ashley, N.D., Leota Stading, Bismarck, N.D., Lorraine (Reinhold) Dockter, Ashley, N.D., Eleanora Sackmann, Carson City, Nev., Anna (Elroy) Walker, Ashley, N.D., Mavis Gall, Fargo, N.D., and Lillian (Lawrence) Dobler, Bismarck, N.D.
He was preceded in death by siblings Fred, Richard, Urban, Roland, Hertha Grosz and Olga Olsen.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in Wesley United Methodist Church, 1600 4th Ave. N., Grand Forks, with visitation Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S. 42nd St., and one hour before the church service.
Memorials are preferred to Wesley Methodist Church or Valley 4000 Hearthstone.