- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Funeral services have been scheduled for former North Dakota Supreme Court Justice H.F. “Sparky” Gierke.

Gierke died Sunday at a Bismarck hospital. He was 73. His funeral is 11:30 a.m. Friday at Parkway Funeral Service in Bismarck. He will be buried in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Gov. Allen Olson in 1983 appointed Gierke to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Gierke later won two elections and served on the high court until resigning in November 1991, after President George H.W. Bush appointed him chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.

Gierke also was a former national commander of the American Legion.

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