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Gerald "Jerry" Wanna

Gerald “Jerry” Wanna, age 83, of Belcourt, ND, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Presentation Medical Center, Rolla, ND.

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 8 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 & 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; 3 brothers, Doc, Gino, Mugsi from Sisseton, SD, 3 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 & Angie Wanna, Racheal & Harry Charboneau, 1 son, Myron Sr., an aunt, Lydia, 1 brother, Buster, 3 sisters Carmen, Sheila and Catherine, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & friends.


Friends wishing to join the procession from New Rockford to the Wake may gather on St. Jerome's Crossing, rural Ft. Totten, prior to 4:45PM on Thursday


His Wake begins Thursday (Oct 12th) at 5PM, with a Rosary Service held at 7PM, all in Seven Dolors Catholic Church


Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Fort Totten, ND


Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00AM


St. Jerome's Catholic Cemetery, Crow Hill District, Fr. Totten, ND


Officiating:  Father Chuck Leute, O.P.

Casket Bearers: 

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:

Saul Sherman, Josie Lawrence, Roland Davis, Fatty & Mary Lou Davis, Jr. & Bev Davis, Madeline Keplin, Cora Rose Iceman, Delta Nelson, Vincent Walker, Jon & Angel Keplin, Cecil & Carol Longie, Doug Yankton & family, Pauline Yankton, Tony & Vina McDonald, Spirit Lake Elders, Spirit Lake Veterans - Past, Present & Future, the Norma Rainbow Memorial Home Residents, Ft. Totten Elderly Home Residents, Skip Longie, Sr., Vern & Velma Lambert, Bert & Barbara Jackson, Claudette Ross, Bob Charboneau & Family and Jerrys’ brothers, Doc, Gino & Mugsi and his sisters, Donna, Debra & Anita.

The Family of Jerry thanks all of you for the prayers & phone calls. 

If we forgot anyone we are sorry, it wasn’t intentional.

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Name: Donna WhiteTail

Date: October 10, 2017

Message: So sorry for your loss, May the Great Spirit watch over you all, comfort and give you all strengthen and love at this difficult time. Sending Hugs, Love and Prayers!


Name: Dorothy Lambert

Date: Oct. 9, 2017

Message: So sorry for your loss love and prayers to the family.


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