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Gary Thune

Gary Thune

Gary Thune

Gary Thune

Gary R. Thune, 77, Fargo, passed away peacefully Dec. 1, 2019, surrounded by family.

Gary Richard Thune was born on May 18, 1942, in Williston to Lawrence and Merle Thune. He married Betty Kanwischer of Harvey on Aug. 7, 1966. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Minot State University and a law degree from the University of North Dakota. He worked as a teacher and assistant principal before practicing law in Grand Forks.

He became the attorney for the North Dakota School Board Association, which led to moving his family to Bismarck in 1986. Gary served as president of the National Council of School Attorneys and received the COSA Lifetime Achievement award in April 2013. He retired from Pearce Durick law firm in December 2014. Once diagnosed with lewy body dementia, Gary and Betty moved to Fargo to be closer to family.

Gary was an active member of the community, volunteering many hours to church and several civic boards. He was an exceptional public speaker and enjoyed the many opportunities to share his expertise in school law.

Gary was a dedicated attorney who thoroughly enjoyed his profession, yet always made time for his family. He was an incredible husband, father and grandpa. He always made his family a priority, never missing an activity in which they were involved. An avid golfer, living on the golf course at Apple Creek satisfied his love of golf and family. Playing in the annual Big Apple tournament and any special occasion that had his family all together at “the resort” brought him great joy.

He will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, extraordinary generosity, quick wit and his gift with words. Many will miss his annual Christmas forced rhyme.

Gary is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty, Fargo; children, Chris (Karla) Thune, London, U.K., Jill (Scott) George, Sartell, Minn., Heidi (Eric) Wieland, Fargo; sister, Lois (Earl) Rennerfeldt, Williston; brother, John (Vicki), Albany, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; nieces and nephews and many beloved friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Merle and Lawrence; grandson, Chance Thune; father-in-law, Norman Kanwischer; mother-in-law, Mavis Kanwischer and brother-in-law, Norm Kanwischer.

A prayer service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at the Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. During this service there will be a time where family and friends are welcome to share stories or memories of Gary.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the chapel at Boulger Funeral Home. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Hospice of the RRV and especially Eventide for the loving care they provided.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at

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