Gerald ‘Jerry’ Wanna, age 83, of Belcourt, ND, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Presentation Medical Center, Rolla, ND.
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Wanna, age 83, of Belcourt, ND, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Presentation Medical Center, Rolla, ND. Friends wishing to join the procession from New Rockford to the Wake may gather at St. Jerome's Crossing, rural Ft. Totten, prior to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. His Wake begins Thursday (Oct 12) at 5 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., all in Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Ft. Totten, ND. Mass of Christian Burial: Seven Dolors Catholic Church Friday, October 13 at 10 a.m. Burial: St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery, Crow Hill District, Ft. Totten. Gerald Lawrence Wanna was born on April 23, 1934, to Oliver Sr. and Racheal (Young) Wanna in Fort Totten/Crow Hill, ND. On May 23, 1954, Jerry graduated from Ft. Totten Community School, with a graduating class of eight students. On June 17, 1955, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He was Honorably Discharged on April 24, 1959. He moved to Belcourt to begin a career in Law Enforcement with the Belcourt PD/BIA. While working in Belcourt he met his wife, Patricia Davis. They were united in marriage at St. Ann’s Catholic Church on April 24, 1960. They made their home in Belcourt and started their family: Howie, Jay, Lisa, Leah, Myron and Mickie. Jerry had also worked as a Medical/X-Ray Tech at the Belcourt Hospital. Jerry and Pat later divorced, but remained friends. Jerry returned to Spirit Lake/Ft. Totten to live with his auntie, Lydia. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching boxing and golf. He enjoyed visits from his family and most of all he enjoyed company. In 2016, he moved back to Belcourt. Jerry is survived by his children, Howie, Jay, Lisa, Leah, Mickie; 29 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Doc, Gino and Mugsi from Sisseton, SD; three sisters, Donna (Allen) Pexa from AZ, Debra Wanna of Veblen, SD and Anita Wanna from Sisseton, SD. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Angie Wanna, Racheal andHarry Charboneau; one son, Myron Sr., an aunt, Lydia, one brother, Buster, three sisters Carmen, Sheila and Catherine, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Military Honors will be accorded by Spirit Lake VFW No. 6547. Father Chuck Leute, O.P., will officiate. Readers will be Joetta Lenior and Chris Pexa. Casket Bearers are Howard Wanna Sr., Gerald Wanna Jr., Chad Wanna, Alex Wanna, Andrew Saari, Jr., Jordan Wanna, Oliver Dauphinais, Myron Wanna, Jr., Joseph Johnson, Jr. Honorary Bearers are Saul Sherman, Josie Lawrence, Roland Davis, Fatty and Mary Lou Davis, Jr. and Bev Davis, Madeline Keplin, Cora Rose Iceman, Delta Nelson, Vincent Walker, Jon and Angel Keplin, Cecil and Carol Longie, Doug Yankton and family, Pauline Yankton, Tony and Vina McDonald, Spirit Lake Elders, Spirit Lake Veterans - Past, Present and Future, the Norma Rainbow Memorial Home Residents, Ft. Totten Elderly Home Residents, Skip Longie, Sr., Vern and Velma Lambert, Bert and Barbara Jackson, Claudette Ross, Bob Charboneau and family and Jerry’s brothers, Doc, Gino and Mugsi and his sisters, Donna, Debra and Anita. The family of Jerry thanks all of you for the prayers and phone calls. If we forgot anyone we are sorry, it wasn’t intentional. Online condolences may be sent at www.EvansFuneralHomeND.com.