BISMARCK–The Dickinson Press has received confirmation from legislators and a funeral home that former Rep. Frank Wald, R-Dickinson, has died.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Ladbury Funeral Service in Dickinson. Wald recently retired from the Legislature after 30 years of service in the state House. He served as speaker in 1999.
Here is some of the initial reaction:
Gov. Jack Dalrymple: â€œBetsy and I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Frank Wald, who dedicated his life to public service and to making a difference for his fellow citizens in western North Dakota and across the state. For 30 years, he was an effective legislator and leader, and worked hard to pass legislation that continues to have an impact on our state. It was a privilege for me to have served with Frank for several sessions on the House Appropriations Committee.
â€œOn behalf of all North Dakotans, we offer our heartfelt gratitude for former Rep. Frank Waldâ€™s leadership and dedication, and for all he has accomplished in service to our great state.â€
Rep. Duane DeKrey, R-Pettibone, said his best memory of Wald is how he could speak on the House floor.
“He could really change the emotion of the body and bring people over to his side,” DeKrey said.
House Majority Leader Al Carlson of Fargo said Wald was a good legislator and a good friend.
“He served his community well,” Carlson said.
Former Rep. Jasper Schneider, a Democrat from Fargo, said he was saddened to hear of Wald’s passing.
“My father and I both served in the House of Representatives with Frank Wald,” Schneider said. “Rep. Wald was an effective legislator and dedicated public servant for three decades. We agreed on issues more times than not, and Frank always had Dickinson and North Dakota’s best interests in mind.”
Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, said Wald will be greatly missed.
“Frank Wald was no-nonsense. Conservative. Straightforward. But no matter how tough the battle was, Frank always seemed to have a smile in his eyes,” Thoreson said. “He was a master of the legislative process, and our state–especially his beloved western North Dakota–is a better place because of his service.”
Last week, the entire House chamber paused for a moment of silence in honor of Wald.
For more on Wald’s life, see upcoming editions of The Dickinson Press.