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Keith H. Wallin
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Keith H. Wallin, formerly of Hebron, North Dakota, died Sunday morning, March 4, 2018, at Sanford Health, Bismarck, due to an extended illness. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 AM, Thursday, March 8, 2018, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan, with Rev. Gaylund Olson officiating. Friends and family will gather one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Keith was born April 17, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to George and Ruth (Rognrud) Wallin. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1941.
During World War II, Keith was inducted into the Army and served in the Signal Company of the 78th Infantry Division. He volunteered to join the 311th Regiment radio team. The 78th Division was at the Battle of the Bulge. Later his team was on special assignment with the Armored Tank Company and was one of the first to cross the Rhine River. This event led to the end of World War II. He was discharged in 1946.
He worked at Conrad Publishing as a reporter and news photographer from 1946-1949. He married Harriet Freise Sept. 3,1949. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Keith studied photography.
In 1951, they moved to Hebron and opened Wallin Studio, later changed to Wallin Photography, serving; Hebron, Richardton, Glen Ullin, Dickinson, and surrounding areas for the next 45 years. In the early days, black and white film was used. All processing and printing were finished in his own dark rooms. Keith was known far and wide for his wonderful ability to capture important events for families across the region, from weddings, anniversaries, and confirmations to high school seniors, school music and sporting events, church directories, and even cattle drives. Today, the early photography equipment is on loan and displayed at the Hebron Museum.
In his retirement, Keith enjoyed travel (often with their mini home), nature photography, woodworking, volunteering with local organizations, and precious times with his family.
Keith was a member of the St. John United Church of Christ, Hebron, serving on the council and as photographer. He was a member of the Hebron Business Club, Boy Scout Council, Hebron Lions, Hebron Legion (Life Member), Hospital Board, Fire Department as photographer attending fires, and ND Photographers Association.
Keith is survived by his beloved wife, Harriet; two sons, Craig (Rita Thomas) of Glen Ullin and John (Darlene Rittmiller) of Eden Prairie, Minn.; two daughters, Claudia (Wayne) Byre of Walford, Iowa, and Pamela (Mike) Jennings of Atkins, Iowa; his sister LaVonne Althoff, Austin, Colo. and brother George (Ginny) Wallin Jr., West Jordan, Utah; nine grandchildren including Jessica (Scott) Glovich, Aaron (Amy) Jennnings, Melanie (Tim) Bruestle, Kristin (Bryan) Simmons, Amanda (Matt) Haapakoski; Jeffrey (Carrie) Wallin, Kyle Jennings, Brady Byre, and Lindsay (Nate) Montague; eighteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Ruth Wallin and sisters Bea Graham and Jan Kunz.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Primrose Retirement Community, Sunset Drive Rehab Center, and Sanford Hospital for their kindness and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. John United Church of Christ, Hebron, the Veterans Cemetery, or Primrose Retirement Community, Bismarck.

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10:30 AM
DaWise Perry Funeral Services

4614 Memorial Highway
Mandan, ND 58554

Memorial Service




11:30 AM
DaWise Perry Funeral Services

4614 Memorial Highway
Mandan, ND 58554

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North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

1825 46th Street
Mandan, ND 58554


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