Jack Reich, 43, of Zap, N.D., who recently served as the North Dakota Stockmen's Association president, was among the three killed in a crash near Dodge Center on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. His son, 10-year-old Vander, was also killed. They were returning from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where a tumor was removed from the boy's brain after he was diagnosed with cancer Oct. 22. Their vehicle collided head-on with a pickup truck on Highway 14, and the pickup driver also died.
The boy's mother, Mardee Reich, 39, was in serious condition after the crash about 25 miles from the Mayo Clinic, the Bismarck Tribune reported.. The couple had two younger children, the newspaper says.
Julie Ellingson, director of the Stockmen’s Association, told the newspaper Jack Reich and his son were part of a great North Dakota story and represented rural values in their life.
“I wish they could have played out the rest of their story here on Earth. Vander loved to be alongside his dad with the cattle and the horses,” she said.