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William J. Congdon

May 9, 1942 — October 25, 2023

Maple Grove

William J. Congdon

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William J. Congdon Funeral Service

William James Congdon Jr., affectionately known as Bill, peacefully passed away at his Maple Grove, MN residence on October 25, 2023. Born in Butte, Montana on May 9, 1942, to William Sr. and Marguerite Congdon, Bill’s childhood was filled with outdoor adventures alongside his sister, Lusha, in the picturesque Rocky Mountains. He pursued higher education at the University of Oregon, where he met his life partner, Rebekah Bradford. In 1966, Bill and Becky exchanged vows in California and embarked on the journey of raising three children in North Dakota. Bill earned his dental degree from the University of Oregon Dental School in Portland, OR.

During the tumultuous era of the Vietnam War, Bill was drafted by the US Public Health Service and served as a dentist at La Tuna Federal Correction Facility in Texas and the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth, MN. After his dedicated service to the nation, Bill established his first dental practice in Watford City, ND, before relocating with his family to Bismarck, ND. Bill and Becky jointly owned and operated The Smile Center dental clinic in Bismarck for over 30 years, eventually retiring in 2007. Their love for adventure and exploration led them to thrilling experiences, including whitewater rafting the Colorado River, embarking on an RV journey to the Arctic Circle, hiking the Grand Canyon, and canoeing and camping in the Boundary Waters.

Bill’s passions encompassed fly fishing, camping, and traveling the world with Becky. He had a penchant for dad jokes and had a knack for entertaining everyone with his quirky humor and antics.

Bill is survived by his three children and their spouses: David (Gloria), Robert (Tammi), and Kathleen (Jon). He also leaves behind eight beloved grandchildren: Isabelle, Hannah, Andrew, Erica, Marcus, Daniel, Dustin, and Alexander. Bill is also survived by his sister, Lusha Alzner (Don), and his brother-in-law, Bob Bradford (Jan). He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Becky, in 2020.

A memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life will take place on Monday, October 30th, at 2 pm with visitation ½ prior, at Lakewood Cemetery, located at 3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408. For those unable to attend in person, a recording of the service will be accessible on William’s obituary page at www.gearty-delmore.com.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

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Monday, October 30, 2023

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