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Fred Kist


Long-time livestock marketer, the late Fred C. Kist of Mandan was recently recognized with a memorial portrait in the North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation’s Memorial Hall located at the NDSA headquarters in Bismarck.

Kist passed away July 26, 2010, at his home in Mandan after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on Aug. 25, 1939, to Fred Sr. and Laura (Fallgren) Kist in Mandan and attended Mandan High School and Dickinson State College, where he participated in rodeo, in particular, bull riding. It was there he met Ellen Trotter of Grassy Butte. The couple married on Dec. 27, 1960, in Mandan.

Kist’s strong dedication to his career started at age nine when he began working at Kist Livestock. Though this became his life’s work, it was also his lifestyle. Even though he was the president, he was involved in all phases of the business. To balance his life’s work, he enjoyed going out to the field as a way to relax, enjoy nature and private time.

He had a very generous spirit, always looking out for the disadvantaged and making sure they would get a break. He would find duties they could do at the sale barn or in the field.

To relax, he enjoyed watching old western movies, Andy Griffi th, professional football, professional rodeo and took a special interest in watching his  grandson, Jesse, win the State Basketball Championship in 2009. Additionally, he looked forward to fi shing in Flin Flon, Canada and hunting in the fall. In 1956, he won the State High School Bull Riding Championship, and in 1959, he was the National College Bull Riding Champion. His avid interest in rodeo continued throughout his life.

Fred had a strong, positive attitude even with his recent illness and he will be greatly missed by his daughter, Cindy (Darin) Schafer of Mandan, two sons, Jerry (Korinne) Kist of Mandan, and Terry Kist of Bismarck; two grandsons, Jesse and Jake Kist of Mandan; special friend, Lila (Melodie) Wannemacher of Washburn; two sisters, Laura Jean (Harold) Rebenitsch of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Mary (Mike) Burnette of Spokane, Wash.; and brother, Bill (Mary Sue) Kist of Bismarck .

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Ellen, who died in 2003.

“The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation memorial is not only a tribute to the life of this great man, but also a way to ensure that the industry he loved so dearly will continue to flourish through the objectives of the Foundation,” said NDSF Chairman Jason Schmidt of Medina. The NDSF was created in 2008 to offer leadership, scholarship, and research opportunities for the state’s beef industry.