Ryan Thorpe, manager of North Dakota's largest ethanol plant, dies

Ryan Thorpe, 47, chief operating officer at Tharaldson Ethanol, died Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, according to his obituary from Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo.

Ryan Thorpe, chief operating officer for Tharaldson Ethanol, at the of Casselton, N.D., plant in 2020
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FARGO, N.D. — Ryan Thorpe, the chief operating officer of Tharaldson Ethanol in Casselton, North Dakota, has died.

Thorpe, 47, of Fargo, died Thursday, July 7, at Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, according to his obituary from Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo.

Thorpe lived in Fargo with his wife Jackie and their children. He was chief operating officer at Tharaldson Ethanol, the largest ethanol plant in North Dakota and seventh largest in the country.

CASSELTON, N.D. -- Tharaldson Ethanol on April 5 quietly marked its 1 billionth gallon of fuel ethanol production. The Casselton, N.D., company also announced it will increase annual production this year, making it the sixth largest ethanol produ...

Thorpe was born May 12, 1975, and grew up on a farm at Oakes, North Dakota, and was a state champion wrestler in 1992. He went on to wrestle at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he was an Academic All-American.

He worked in finance at various banks before joining Tharaldson Ethanol.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Hope Lutheran Church South Campus, 3636 25th St. S., Fargo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

His obituary can be found here.

Reach Jeff Beach at or call 701-451-5651 (work) or 859-420-1177.
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