Cyril Puetz, 85, Bismarck, passed away on Friday, Aug. 24 at home surrounded by family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 29, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit with Fr. John Paul Gardner officiating. Burial will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Family will be receiving friend from 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 28, with a Rosary/vigil at 7:00 p.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Cy was born Nov. 14, 1932 in Mantador, ND, to Cletus and Catherine Puetz. Cy was delivered in his family home rather than some stuffy, antiseptic hospital! He attended grade school in Mantador and high school in Hankinson, where he excelled at football and baseball. He served in the U.S. Army and used the G.I. Bill to attend and graduate from NDSU. At NDSU, Cy excelled on the baseball team as a multi-year letter winner. He also enjoyed student politics and was the student body president his senior year. He was also a proud member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
Upon graduating from college, he began his career as an agent for Equitable Life Insurance Company. Cy was inducted into the Equitable Hall of Fame. He met his wife Margaret Brooks shortly after she graduated from the University of North Dakota, and they were married on July 1, 1961. They lived in Fargo until July 1964, at which point they moved with their two young sons, Jim and Matt, to Bismarck. It wasn’t long before Catherine, Allison and Mari joined the family.
Cy enjoyed hunting and fishing around Bismarck and watching his children’s and grandchildren’s athletic events at St. Mary’s Central High School. He also enjoyed being an active member of Apple Creek Country Club and the YMCA.
He leaves behind family, friends and his beloved Bison. Cy will always be known as Mr. Bison because of his lifelong love and support of North Dakota State, and especially Bison football. A gold or yellow shirt was treated like formal wear and there was nothing like a national title to make the guy smile for a year.
There have been five children and their mother hanging around Bismarck the last few days counting themselves as the luckiest six around. Their father and husband was a rock. A man so solid in the community that he could be known by one name, Cy, like The Mick was to baseball.
There will only be one Cy.
Cy is survived by his wife, Margaret, sons Jim (Suzie) and Matt (Mary), daughters, Catherine (Tim), Mari (Kevin) and Allison, grandchildren, Katie Puetz and fiancé Isaac, Hunter, Anna, Bailey, Greta and Connor.
Cy was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Catherine and his sisters Madeline Mauch and Serena Buckhouse.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Light of Christ Catholic Schools Campaign or NDSU Development Foundation.