Daniel Ralph Fondell (1953 - 2017)

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Daniel Ralph Fondell died on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at his home in rural Dawson, Minn., at the age of 64, in the presence and love of his family.
Dan was born on Feb. 3, 1953, in Williamson, W.Va., to Ralph and Gertrude (Franklin) Fondell. He moved to Alaska with his family in 1959, graduating from Nome High School in 1971, and from North Park College in Chicago, Ill., in 1975, with a degree in classical philology. Dan married Luanne Anderson on Nov. 29, 1980, at Sioux Falls, S.D. Dan and Luanne made their home in Nome and then Anchorage, Alaska, where he served as CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation. They moved their family to Dawson, Minn., in 1991, where Dan owned Wickersham Antiques, and later TAC Computers.
Dan put down roots in Dawson, serving in leadership roles at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Dawson Covenant Church, and Milan Village Arts School. In addition to his lifelong interest in history and antiques, he found a skill and passion for craftsmanship while in Dawson, developing his identity as a jewelry maker, artisan baker, silversmith and steadfast supporter of the arts.
His family was his greatest joy. He is survived by his wife, Luanne; three children, Nathaniel (Ellen) Fondell of Richfield, Minn., Elisabeth Fondell of Dawson, and Jonathan Fondell of Minneapolis, Minn.; three grandchildren, Everly, Oskar and Arlo; his parents, Ralph and Gertrude Fondell of Chugiak, Alaska; his siblings, Kathryn (James) Congdon of Manley, Alaska, Rebecca (Wayne) Carlson of Algonquin, Ill., Stephen (Lynne) Fondell of Jenks, Okla., and John (Truc Lien) Fondell of Eagle River, Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Nathaniel and Lillian Franklin and Clarence and Selma Fondell; and an infant brother.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., at Dawson Covenant Church, with Rev. Erik Carlson officiating.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Dawson Covenant Church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Arrangements are with Hanson & Dahl Funeral Home in Dawson.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 5, 2017