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Shannon E. Viestenz, 56, of West Fargo, died Thursday, August 22, 2019, in his home.
Shannon Ellery (Priewe) Viestenz was born September 27, 1962 in Dickinson, ND to Clayton and Betty (Viestenz) Priewe. He grew up in Moorhead, MN, graduated from Moorhead High School, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years, graduated from Moorhead Technical College with a degree in Electronics, worked in Arizona. Shannon married Mara Neilson on December 8, 1990. Mara was killed in an automobile accident in January of 1991. Shannon spent many years at NDSU in the Mechanical Engineering Department, a position he loved and called his real career.
He married Irina Sokolova in a family ceremony in Russia on November 25, 2005 and a civil US ceremony in Fargo on January 14, 2006 where he welcomed Irina's daughter Anya into his family. Shannon and Irina's son Charles Danyl was born August 12, 2006.
Shannon is survived by his wife Irina; son: Charles Danyl; stepdaughter: Anya (Andrew) Jones; father: Clayton (Kathy) Priewe; mother: Betty Priewe; brother Eric (Peri) Priewe; grandson: Alek Jones; mother and father-in-law: Lidia and Vladimir Sokolovo; many step-siblings, cousins, nieces, nephew, and extended Russian family and friends.
He was proceeded in death by his wife: Mara; grandparents: Charles and Ingrid Viestenz; sister: Michelle; uncles Don and Ron.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019, at All Saints Orthodox Church of Fargo. (2415 Broadway N.)
Visitation: 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2019, West Funeral Home, West Fargo, ND.
Burial: Arthur Cemetery, Arthur, ND
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