Marlys Dullum

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Posted: Friday, June 12, 2020 6:21 am

Marlys E. Dullum, 90, West Fargo, N.D. passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020 at her home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Marlys Elaine Dullum was born October 14, 1929 in Cass County to Palmer and Ethel (Erickson) Dullum. The family moved to the Gardner, N.D. area in 1937. She graduated from Gardner High School in 1947. She attended St, Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1950 and continued to work there for several years. Marlys also worked at the Harmon Park Clinic in Williston, N.D. for two years. 

In 1954, she joined the 311th General Hospital Reserve Unit and in January 1962 entered active duty in the Army. Stateside assignments included Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Riley, Kan., Fort Wolters, Texas, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Overseas tours included the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Korea. She was promoted to Colonel in 1976, retiring at that rank. Military awards were the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 O.L.C., the Bronze Star with O.L.C., and the Army Commendation Medal. Marlys retired in November 1981. She remained in San Antonio, Texas until 1993, returning to North Dakota and residing in West Fargo. Marlys is a lifelong member of Nora Lutheran Church, member of the Retired Officer Association, Disabled American Veterans and Gardner Post of American Legion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Howard, Blaine, and Don Dullum, nieces Joan Dullum and Pam Dullum, and nephew Brian Dullum.

The family would prefer memorials to be made out to the Nora Lutheran Cemetery, Great Plains Food Bank, or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Funeral service for immediate family was held Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 1 PM at West Funeral Home, West Fargo with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial along with military rites followed the service at Nora Lutheran Cemetery, Gardner.

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