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Remembering Governor William Guy


Family and friends gather in Bismarck today to remember North Dakota's longest serving Governor.

William Guy passed away last week at the age of 93.

He had alzheimers.

As Jon Berg reports, many people are remembering Guy as an ambitious and honest man.

Stories and memories of William Guy fill the First Presbyterian Church In Bismarck, remembering 93 years of a man who made a difference in North Dakota.

"A vision for a higher education in this state and what that could mean, Bill Guy. A new approach to Mental Health treatment, Bill Guy. The Interstate Highway System connecting the towns and cities of North Dakota, Bill Guy," Senator Kent Conrad said.

"He just went all around North Dakota, town to town, listened to people, he talked to Barbers and Bankers," Senator Byron Dorgan said.

There are many stories of Guy's accomplishments, but Senator Byron Dorgan says the story that means the most to Guy, is his family.

"High School, Amenia, North Dakota, NDSU, Sorority Party meets Jean, asked her to marry him, has children, lives with the woman he loves for 70 years," Dorgan said.

Not only was Guy a man who loved his family, he also loved to make people laugh.

"And we stopped in Central North Dakota once at a Dairy Queen to buy a dilly bar and it was ten cents higher priced than previously, and he was so upset about that ten cents, he muttered about that for 50 miles," Dorgan said.

Dorgan says Guy wasn't like most politicians -- he wasn't flashy -- he wasn't a big talker.....

"He was just a sharp intellect, terrific organizer with a lazer like focus, with the determination that I'm going to make this happen," Dorgan said.

A man who lived his 93 years to the fullest.

"And the Lord said well done my good and faithful servant," Jenkinson said.

Guy is survived by his wife Jean and five children.

A private burial followed today's service at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery.

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