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Warren Duval

Warren B. Duval, age 77, of New Rockford, ND, died Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Ave Maria Village, Jamestown, ND. On June 7, 2017, Warren suffered a stroke and spent the rest of his life between St. Alexis Hospital in Bismarck, ND and Ava Maria Village.

Warren Bruce Duval was born December 3, 1939, at the family farm in rural Milnor, ND, the son of Logan & Inga (Deitzler) Duval.  He graduated from Lisbon (ND) High School, and then received a 2-yr degree in Biology & Wildlife Management at Bottineau, ND.   Warren then farmed near Milnor for 6 years.   He then attended VCSU at Valley City, ND, and received a BA in Science Education.   Warren began his long teaching career in New Rockford.

On November 24, 1973, he married his wife, Sharon Naaden at St. Paul Park, MN.  From this union he had one daughter, Brita, and two sons, baby David and Christian.

Warren was a teacher at New Rockford Public School for 30 years.  He started the fall of 1967, and retired in May of 1997. Warren also spent his time coaching football, basketball and track.  He worked with many student athletes and followed the team’s progress.  Warren connected with his own children and the speech team for 6 years as their bus driver and 2nd assistant coach.  Warren also was teaching half time at Four Winds Public School in Fort Totten, ND.  He started at Fort Totten in the fall of 1998, and had just finished his 17th year there in May 2017.

Warren attended the New Rockford United Methodist Church until its closing, and then attended Federated Church UCC/UMC, Carrington.   He was also a member of New Rockford Eagles, and the former Jaycees.  Warren was involved in the Jaycee Gun Safety project, and as part of that, he had coached a BB gun team that went to State and then to International competition.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Sharon of New Rockford; daughter Brita (Michael) Smith of Pelican Rapids, MN;  son Christian Duval of Fargo, ND; one grandchild, Kaylee Smith; three sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews, friends, co-workers and former students.

Warren was preceded in death by son David Wayne, his parents Inga and Logan, and his seven siblings: Roy, Lowell, Orville, Myrtle, Phillis, Joyce, Shirley.

Warren touched thousands of lives and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to be given to his family.


First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND


Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 2:00PM


Milnor Lutheran Cemetery, rural Milnor, ND, at a later date


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Name: Cindy Schuster

Date: 10/29/2017

Message: Brita and families. I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He truly was a great man and teacher. Sometimes hard to understand as a teacher, but was still amazing. He was always willing to help me understand what I couldn't. Prayers to all of you.


Name: Theresa Deckert

Date: 9/7/2017

Message: Sharon, Britta and Christian,  So sorry to hear of you husband/dad's passing.  Many memories with your family over the years.


Name: Craig Ripplinger

Date: 07/29/2017

Message: Our condolences to the Duval family and friends.  It was just great to be in Warren's class; I can still hear him give loud & great advice "Don't be bashful; Ya just reach in and grab one, it won't hurt ya".  Wonderful advice for life in general!! :-)


Name: Lori (Haag) Belgarde

Date: 7-15-17

Message: My deepest sympathies and prayers to the Duval family.  Mr. Duval was a great teacher and person.  Who would have thought the guy with the booming voice and yardstick was such a softie.  When Brita was born, he came in the classroom and wrote BRITA on the board and made the announcement.  He was walking on air.  Thank you Mr. Duval for being you. RIP Groovy Duvy.



Name: Cheri Schaffer

Date: 16 JUL 2017

Message: Sharon, Christian, Brita and Family,

Mr. Duval shared dinner with the NRHS Class 0f '76 on our 40th Reunion last year, we enjoyed his company and were so Happy to see him, sharing memories, laughing and reminiscing.  He came outside with us at the golf course as we gathered in a circle on the greens. Coach Duval helped our MC, Steve Gehrtz bring the class to Attention, by suddenly, in his Booming voice, shouted out, "Class, Cut the Chatter!" It was Awesome to hear his voice, taking our minds back almost 50 years, when many of us were in his Science Class. He has touched 1000's of students including New Rockford and recently on the Spirit Lake Nation. We are saddened by your loss of him here upon this earth and Pray for the Lord to wrap his arms around you comforting your hearts ♥️

Brita's Prayer, Christian's eulogy, Ave Maria Chaplains message about Mr. Duval holding his hand and praying the Lords Prayer, along with Pastor Loewens sermon were heartfelt and beautiful

Blessings, The Class 0f '76



Name: Joe Chiang

Date: 7/15/2017

Message: I enjoyed our chats at the school.  I will miss him.  My sincere condolences to you and your family.



Name: Tamara Byberg-Kautzer

Date: July 15, 2017

Message: I am so sorry for your loss. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28.  I hope that you find comfort in your faith. Mr. Duval was my science teacher and coach. We called him "Groovy Duvie." This was a 7th and 8th grade girls basketball players term of endearment for our coach. I also remember practicing "the wheel." I am amazed that that we won any games - junior high girls who are more worried about their big hair can be a challenge for any coach. But Mr. Duval stuck with us through the losses and wins. He will always be remembered as a man who worked well with students and athletes. I knew Mr. Duval also as a good neighbor and colleague of my dad's. Since my dad and Mr. Duval were not only science teachers at New Rockford Central together, but also at Four Winds School. He will be missed.



Name: Clay and Tara Jensen

Date: 7/14/2017

Message: Sharon, Brita, Christian and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We have so many memories of "Mr. Duval" as our teacher and coach that put smiles on our faces. Hoping he has found peace and a great pair of "oh-ange ca-boy boots."



Name: Dana Lies

Message: Condolences to your family.  Your family has been entwined with our family through the years.   Too many memories to start ....  Don't know what to say but ....



Name: Derik Holte

Date: 07/13/17

Message: I can still hear his voice, teaching us about string theory, and how to combine chemicals to make the smell of artificial banana.  He was an outstanding teacher.  He was honest.  He had integrity.  He could be funny.  He made us think.  He will live on through the tremendous impact he has made on many people's lives.  My heart goes out to Brita, Christian, and Sharon.


Name: Carol Klein Birkeland

Date: 7/13/17

Message: My deepest sympathies to the Duval Family.  What a Legend he was to so many and great memories and laughs of his days of teaching and coaching. Class of 77 couldn't have had a better Advisor.   We'll miss you DUVIE!!!



Name: Kathy (Tedrow) Schuchard

Message: Sharon and family: I remember Coach as being a great guy. When I would see him after moving back to NR, I would say the cheer,"2,4, 6,8 who do we appreciate, Coach Duval". It always put a smile on his face. At our last class reunion we stopped at your house and picked Coach up to tour NR with us on the bus . A great time was had by all. My condolences and sent to all of you!!


Name: Douglas Cudworth

Date: 7-13-17

Message: My condolences to the Duval family. Our eighth grade class initiated Mr. Duval to teaching at New Rockford Central. Mr. Duval and Mr. Dawson took me to several science fairs with my rock and mineral project in those years. Both of their counseling and guidance served me well during my future education.


Name: Thomas Nicolai

Date: 07/13/2017

Message: I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Duval's passing.  I fondly remember time spent with him in the classroom and the summer that my brother Chris and I helped on a house he was painting that year.  Mr. Duval would be up on a ladder and jump the darn thing over to the next area that needed to be painted.  I never could do that! 



Name: Faith  Trudeau

Date: 7- 13- 2017

Message: The best science teacher, loving, kind & caring teacher I've ever known!!  Sorry I can't be there for his funeral. God got another Angel!! God takes an angel & will be giving me an angel any day now. I'm in Wyoming waiting for the arrival of my grandson any day now. RIP Mr.Duval :'(


Name: MIchelle (Pfau) Moen

Date: 07-12-2017

Message: He will always be "Coach" to me.  When I think back to my time at NRHS I think of two special teachers who had a great influence on my life.  One of those was Coach Duval.  (Terry Kemmer, you were the other.)  I first met Coach in 7th grade Life Science.  He taught me about Punnett squares.  He always had a fetal pig or calf in a freezer somewhere just waiting to be bisected for an anatomy lesson.  These things were amazing to me & he loved teaching about them.  Coach was dedicated to his students & we were to him.  I was blessed to be on the Jaycee BB Gun Team he coached when we won the state meet in Wahpeton & went on to the International Shootout in Tempe, AZ.  It was the first time in my life I flew on a commercial plane. After the written tests for North Dakota were temporarily lost & found only after the tournament, it was Coach who fought to get me my trophy when it was discovered I tied for 1st place in the girl's division.  He personally delivered it to my house.  Coach & Sharon were sweethearts at the time & Sharon accompanied us on our trip as the female chaperone.  I like to think that BB gun team had a little something to do with sealing the deal on their relationship:)  Of course I think we also broke the Jaycee chapter in paying for the trip!  Coach was one of the advisors for the Class of 77.  He was with us all 6 years & led us toward several award winning Homecoming floats.  He was with us for our 10th, our 20th, & our 30+1 year reunions.  I cannot think of my youth without fondly thinking of Coach Duval.  He had a way with unruly young adolescents & none of us will ever forget him.  I know he is in Heaven now with a yardstick in his hand, teaching & coaching, all the while shouting "cut the chatter" & "listen up people".  May these memories provide some comfort to his family.  We love you Coach!


Name: Sharlene & Rick Anderson

Date: 07/12/2017

Message: Sharon and family we are so sorry to hear of Warren's passing so so many memories both as a teacher and a friend, he will be missed.


Name: Nicki Nereson

Date: 7/12/17

Message: Sharon and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Duval's passing. He was a great teacher and kindhearted person. He was never one to judge and treated everyone with kindness and respect. He will be missed by so many lives that he touched. Hugs and peace to your family.


Name: Rita Garrity Knudson

Date: 7/12/17

Message: There's a special place in heaven for junior high school teachers. But for junior high teachers who stick with it as long as Coach did, who not only teach but also coach the kids? Well, that has to be heaven's most glorious place!! Think of the hundreds and hundreds of young lives he touched, taught and influenced. We weren't easy either! Gosh, if it wasn't Les Whetham or myself arguing with Coach, it was Jeff Hitz cutting off his eyelashes or Kathy McLaughlin painting her eyelids with nail polish! Ken Weisenberger always had a prank or two and Michelle Pfau had her Daisy BB gun strategies to figure out. All of us heard the whap of the yard stick against the desk and Coach yell 'Cut the chatter' and we loved it. We loved it because he was a teacher who cared about teaching and who cared about us! All of us are better people for having been taught by Coach. God bless his soul and comfort his family. Rita


Name: Jeanne Hoyt

Date: 7/11/2017

Message: Dear Sharon,

I am sorry for the loss of your husband. I think of you from when we worked together in McHenry School. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this time of grief.

Jeanne Hoyt


Name: Myrna Hanson

Date: 7/11/17

Message: Sharon & Family:  I have the fondest memories of Mr. Duval's science class.  He had such a great booming voice and when he cracked that ruler... and yet I can't think of one person who didn't love him.  He was special and will be missed.


Name: Judy Belquist

Date: 7-11-17

Message: Sharon & family-

Our sympathy to all of you in the death of your loved one.  May the kind words of friends and your memories of happy times together bring you comfort at this sad time in your lives .

Judy & Jim Belquist


Name: Jeff Bass

Date: 7/11/17

Message: Wow.  So sad to hear this news.  Coach Duval is a legend.  Won't be forgotten by anyone who had him as a teacher or coach.  Great memories of basketball practices at "Westside School".  Praticing "The Wheel" (which we ran successfully exactly 1 time in a game!).  And telling us, before junior high football games, "They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like we do."  Great man who will be missed.  My thoughts and prayers to all family and those who call him friend.


Name: Joann Thurk

Date: 7/11/2017

Message: Sharon, Sorry for your loss.  I didn't know Warren but by these tributes he sounds like he was a wonderful man and teacher. Our sympathy to you and your family. We've lost touch but haven't forgotten you.  Joann (Bartole) Thurk


Name: Denise Applegate-Roerick

Date: 7/11/17

Message: As a coach and a teacher I could not have more respect for Mr. Duval.  You knew, as a student, he had respect for you.  He would talk to you as if you were an equal, and also "check you" when needed.  With that booming voice and yard stick he was quite a presence. He was also a very good neighbor to my parents. I have this image of him and Kerwin Pierson arguing about science and debating in heaven.  Blessings to his loved ones.  This man left a mark on so many students and to say that about a man's life is saying so much.


Name: Eric Guler

Date: 7/11/2017

Message: Duval Family,

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Duval's passing.  The first memory that came to me was of Mr. Duval teaching rebounding by the stage ... spread like an eagle and shake like a dog ... that was all he had to say.  Truly one of a kind and a TRUE ROCKET!  Take care,

Eric Guler


Name: Poppy Enockson

Date: 7-12-17

Message: I was very sad to hear about Warren.  He was a good man.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family. 


Name: Terry Kemmer

Date: July 11,2017

Message: Will never forget the first time I heard Mr. Duval's loud, raspy voice coming from his classroom when I joined the faculty at New Rockford HS.  He had a definite connection with junior high students--a connection that I truly tipped my hat to on a daily basis--he appeared to love his time with junior high students but would probably never admit it.  Memories are so vital during this time and in the months ahead.  Thoughts and prayers, Duval family!  Terry Kemmer, business teacher (1974 - 1981) 


Name: Jeremiah Clifton

Date: 7-11-17

Message: My thoughts and prayers are with the Duval family with the passing of Warren. I have a lot of memories from high school of Mr Duval both of a teacher and coach. Can't think of one person in our class who didn't enjoy Mr Duval. Very sorry to hear of his passing.


Name: Rob Manly

Date: 7/11/17

Message: My condolences to the Duval family.  Mr. Duval is central to some of my favorite junior high/high school memories, and his influence is felt with those of us who were fortunate to attend New Rockford HS in the 1980's.  He was a heckuva fun coach, and did his best to make us skinny kids into half-way decent linemen.  Thoughts and prayers to the family.


Name: Susan Fandrich

Date: July 10th

Message: Sharon, I hold you and your family in my prayers.  May God's Peace and Comfort wash over you.


Name: Janell Anderson

Date: 07-10-2017

Message: Sharon and family we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your loved ones.


Name: Zachary  Smith

Date: 7/10/2017

Message: My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.


Name: Janice Scheff Claunch

Date: 7/10/17

Message: We are so sorry for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sharon, Christian,  Brita and families. 

Love you, Chuck and Janice Claunch

***Name: Felecia Roberts

Date: 7/9/2017

Message: My deepest condolences to you and your family. God took an angel home.  I'm so glad you were back home and had the opportunity to spend these last months with him. God had a very good reason for you to go back home and work, because you were able to be just where he needed you to be.

Love Felecia

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