Gary K. Truax

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Gary’s service will be livestreamed below starting at 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Gary Keith Truax, 65, passed away on May 15th, 2023 after an intense battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Funeral services will be held at the Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND with visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. and the service starting at 10:00 a.m.

Gary was born February 13, 1958 in Bismarck, ND to W. Donald and Shirley (Rohrer) Truax. He was raised on a farm southwest of Steele, ND and learned from his father how to be a stellar mechanic. Gary graduated from Steele-Dawson High School in 1977 and from NDSU in 1989 with a double major in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration. Gary was commissioned into the Minnesota National Guard as a Combat Engineer Officer from 1987 to 1991.

On July 2, 1994, Gary married his lovely wife Kathryn Mary McCoy. Keeping true to Gary’s roots in country living, they moved to a farmstead north of Erie, ND where they raised their wonderful family of three kids. His favorite hobbies included tractor collecting, welding, piloting small planes, wood working, driving party buses, playing card games, and playing songs on the piano and guitar. Gary worked very hard to support his family as a semi-truck driver and was an owner operator from 1998 to 2022. He was proud to drive his truck for Magnum (Fargo, ND), D&E Transport (Hastings, MN) and Killoran (Buffalo, ND). One of his treasured annual traditions was attending Western Minnesota’s Steam Threshers Reunion (Rollag, MN), and he was a lifetime member of the Northern Lights Oliver Club. Gary had a huge personality and was a gifted storyteller. He cherished his friendships and looked forward to talking and making fun plans for the future. He had a deep love for his family and adored his grandson, Leon Hernandez.

During his last days, Gary enjoyed hearing the Gospel and was very focused on Jesus.

Gary is survived by his wife of over 28 years, Kathryn, Erie ND; children, Michael Truax, Erie, ND, Anna (Bryant) Hernandez, Prosper, TX, and Matthew Truax, Grand Forks, ND; grandson, Leon Hernandez, Prosper, TX; siblings, Tom (Trudy) Truax, Menoken, ND, Arnold (Linda) Truax, Seguin, TX, Diane Dizayee, Jamestown, ND, Julie (Jim) Haakenson, Cleveland, ND, Paul (Janice) Truax, Harrisburg, SD, Nancy (Wilford) Secker, Selby, SD, Carrie Truax, Steele ND, Ron (Lisa) Truax, Jamestown, ND, and Glenn Truax (Diana) Jamestown ND; and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and dear friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, W. Donald and Shirley Truax; grandparents, Charles E. and Eva Rohrer, and Willard and Edith Truax; Great Aunt Marguerite Lambdin, Aunt Delores and Uncle Clyde Drennon, Uncle Lester and Aunt Leah Jackson, Aunt Betty Rohrer; and cousins, David and Dale Drennon.


Visitation - Tuesday: May 23, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Service - Tuesday: May 23, 2023 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. You left this world way to soon. Rest in peace Gary your friendship will live on forever. ❤️ Bill and Sandy Black

  2. RIP Gary. You may be gone, but never forgotten. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 🙏🏻Kathy, Michael, Anna, Matthew, Bryant, and little Leon I am so sorry for your loss

  3. Kathy, Michael, Anna, Bryant, Leon and Matthew. We are so very saddened by your loss and you all have our deepest sympathies. May all of you find solace as you reflect on the many fond memories your family made over the years; numerous over-the-road trucking trips, boat outings, tractor auctions, air shows and even family barn burning ceremonies! Gary made a profound impact in all of your lives…just as surely as he was greatly touched and forever changed by all of you. He will forever be with all of you as he lives on in your hearts. I pray that God bless and help guide each of you through this difficult time.
    Perry, Natasha, Eric and Tristan

  4. Dad, I will miss you tremendously. I am so saddened we didn’t get to see each other again before you passed, but I will cherish the phone calls and FaceTimes we shared together. You taught me so much, and I will keep those teachings and shared skills close. I appreciate and love you so much, bye daddy. Tell Jesus I said hi.

  5. Didn’t know Gary but I knew Kathy & Anna from M&M Grogery store. Kathy being Anna mom I could ask how Anna doing and seen her grow up and musical talents seeing the country before settling down and starting a family of her own. I feel with all your family & friends you will keep strong and cherish memories. As I read this about Gary sounds like a great family man. Jesus will get you through this also. Condolences to Gary family & friends, Arlene & Tom your Page nieghbor.

  6. From Jim, Kirk, & Lance Norlin
    Northern Lights Oliver
    May our Lord and Savior grant all
    of Gary’s family & friends peace and comfort through these times.
    Will miss your smiles & laughter
    Gary, rest in the Lord’s peace.

  7. RIP Gary I will miss all of our talks and our travels that took together and all the fun times that we have had now you travel the highways in Heaven you will have to wait for a dispatcher to get there as you wait for your load. I will miss you so much RIP….. Greg Goodall

  8. Thinking of all of you with lots of love and sympathy! Stan, Karla, Parker, and Vinnie Lewis

  9. Thinking of Garys loved ones with love and sympathy. Wishing you all the best. There were many great times together with Gary. Will always be cherished. Ken, Maria Swenson and family.

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