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Wayne Topp, 92, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND

Wayne Richard Topp was born at home in rural McHenry, ND on October 23, 1930, to Fred and Jennie (Aultman) Topp. He went to Columbia School and farmed with his dad until he was united in marriage to Phyllis Anderson on July 23, 1950. Wayne and Phyllis started farming in 1951, raising cattle and milking cows. Shortly thereafter he owned and operated T&A Truck line with his brother-in-law.  They moved to New Rockford in 1978 where they owned a Purina Feed Store.

Wayne was a founding member of the ND Simmental Association and was an ABS representative for over 30 years. NDSU awarded him outstanding agriculturist of Eddy County. He was a member of the Grace City Lutheran Church and was president of the New Rockford Eagles Club. Wayne was the leader of the Columbia Feeders 4H club for many years. Wayne and Phyllis loved to watch the Red Willow area softball and baseball teams. If there was a game, they were sitting on the red benches watching. They were thrilled when recognized by the Red Willow Crew for their loyalty and love of the game.

Wayne loved to visit with people and had countless friends throughout the years.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Phyllis of 73 years; a son, Lynn (Mary) Topp, Detroit Lakes, MN; daughters, Lisa (Thaddeus) Ashby, Nashville, TN and Jill (Michael) Thompson, Red Willow, 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; 4 infant brothers; brother, Russel Topp; sister, Margaret Rost, 2 brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law. 


Wayne’s Visitation will be Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 1:00PM – 7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 10:30AM at Grace Lutheran Church, Grace City, ND.

His Burial will be at the Grace City Cemetery, Grace City, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Wayne, u will be missed. such a nice guy with a smile each time I would meet you,and would ask how I was. So blessed you both got to stay in your home so long. We will take good care of Phyllis. You two are a special couple for sure. Love u both.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Hugs to you.

  3. Phylis,Lynn,Lisa and Jill
    Nothing I can say will ease your pain, but I am forever sorry for losing someone so special.

  4. Sorry to here about Wayne’s passing, if l’m right my dad Tommy Kjos knew the family back in the early 50’s all the up to my dad’s passing in 91,my prays go out to all of the family.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Wayne was a good friend and he taught me how to AI when I lived out in Grace City.
    He supplied me with semen for AI our herd and mineral needs. Always had a smile when he drove into the yard.
    Phyllis and Wayne seemed inseparable. Loved watching them dance. A real plus to the community. Great memories of Wayne will ease the pain of your loss as a family. My prayers are with you

  6. Sorry to here of Wayne’s passing. My thoughts and prayers for Phillis, Lynn, Lisa and Jill.

  7. Sorry for your loss. We are thinking of all of you.

  8. Wayne was one of the folks we loved to visit with during CNDSTR. So admired his commitment to the show – especially the annual tractor treks. Phyllis our condolences to you and hope to see you at the show this fall! So sorry we’re unable to attend his funeral. Erv and Eunice Sahr, Jamestown

  9. I enjoyed getting to know Wayne & amp; Phyllis at the Cafe with Margie W. He would joke with the women! Thoughts & amp; prayers.

  10. My memory of Wayne will be ice fishing next to him in Foster County. My sympathy to his family.

  11. Jill I just saw your father’s funeral. I’m sorry for your loss. My sympathies. I am in Rochester since August 14th. Hugs and prayers.


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