Gary Robert Hanisch, age 82 of Bismarck, passed away peacefully on Oct. 5, 2017, at Bismarck Sanford Center with his family at his side.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Crosby, with Pastor Emily Shipman officiating. Burial will follow at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Crosby. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, at Stakston-Martin Funeral Home, Crosby, and also one hour before the service at the church.
Gary was born in Plentywood, Mont. on Oct. 27, 1934, the son of Harold and Helga Hanisch. Gary lived in Williston until the age of 11, at which time they moved to Crosby where Harold ventured into the banking business. He graduated from Crosby High School in 1952, then went on to attend the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He was a graduate of the School of Banking in Madison, Wis.
Gary married Helen Haugo on June 12, 1955, in Crosby. Throughout his life, Gary enjoyed spending time with his family, curling, hunting and fishing in Canada, traveling around the world, trail riding in Medora and flying. He and Helen enjoyed spending their winters at their home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He received his private pilot’s license in the late '50s and was an avid pilot for over 50 years. Gary started working at the family owned Farmers State Bank (now Bank of Tioga) in 1955, taking over as president for his father in the late 1970s, and worked there until his full retirement at the age of 70. He was active in the Kiwanis Club, Shriners, Masons, member of the GNDA, Elks, past president of the Crosby Moose Lodge and past president of the Independent Bankers Association of North Dakota. He received the Distinguished Banking Award from ICBND in 2016. Gary was a very loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, dear friend and will be deeply missed.
Gary is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen, Bismarck; son, Paul Hanisch (Jena); daughter, Barbara Nordstog (Steve) Grand Forks; grandchildren, Ryan, Andrea, of Crosby, Sarah (Ian) Plymouth, Minn., Sean (Meghan) Golden Valley, Minn; great-grandchildren, Payton, Bentley and Maclan, and brother, Jon.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Helga Hanisch.
Memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s name to Concordia Lutheran Church Building fund.
Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby is in charge of arrangement