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Published January 22, 2013, 09:53 AM

Funeral set for North Dakota GOP leader Ben Clayburgh

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Funeral services are scheduled Saturday in Grand Forks for Ben Clayburgh, who was a state and national leader in the Republican Party for five decades.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Funeral services are scheduled Saturday in Grand Forks for Ben Clayburgh, who was a state and national leader in the Republican Party for five decades.

Clayburgh died Monday at age 88. His wife, Bev, tells the Grand Forks Herald that he had been suffering from dementia.

Clayburgh, an orthopedic surgeon, was a former state Republican Party chairman and a member of the Republican National Committee. In 1994 he made an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. Son Rick Clayburgh is a former state legislator and tax commissioner.

Amundson Funeral Home says Clayburgh's funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.

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