Garylle B. Stewart

garylle b. stewart
Garylle Stewart, 76, passed away peacefully Monday, August 1st at the Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo with his family by his side. Gary was born on April 21, 1940 in Humboldt, MN the son of Glen and Melvy Stewart. He attended school in Humboldt and spent much of his childhood at the horse-racing track where his Dad owned and raced horses. Gary graduated from high school in 1958 — his class was only the second high school class in the history of Humboldt, a town in Kittson County on the Canada border. A prolific reader, he received an award from the school for reading every single book in the library! In the mid-1950s, Stewart was a jockey and rode in the local fair circuit. Once he got a little older, though, he left the riding to his brother Bob and focused instead on training horses. In 1959 he married his high school sweetheart Marian Windt and started college at Moorhead State University. By 1960 Stewart was drawn back into horse racing — partly because he loved it, partly because this was the only way to pay for school. By 1962, he had several horses of his own, and before long was making money off of them. He was a full-time student during the spring and winter quarters and off to Canada, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia to train horses during the summer and fall. His horse Poetic started winning stakes races which enabled him to go to law school which he began in 1964 even though he hadn't yet earned his undergraduate degree. He promised to eventually finish the remaining four hours he failed to complete, and the school waived his undergraduate requirements. He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1967 and then served as a law clerk for the North Dakota Supreme Court for year before joining Wayne Solberg in practice in 1968. For years, Wayne Solberg, law firm founder, was the lead city attorney and Stewart his backup but when Solberg retired in 1997, Stewart took over. He served as City Attorney for years handling a wide range of issues on behalf of the municipality, including eminent domain actions, federally-funded buyout programs and day-to-day legal advice to city officials. He served on the liquor control board from 1968 to 2015, helping draft many of the Fargo Liquor Laws. At his own firm, his areas of concentration were municipal law, real estate transactions, estate planning, wills and probate. He served on the Volunteer Lawyers and Lawyer Referral Committee for the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Stewart was the senior partner of the Solberg, Stewart, Miller Law firm. He was named Boss of the Year 2005-2006 by the NALS, an association of Legal Professionals of Fargo Moorhead. In the early 1990s, Stewart won three awards from the North Dakota Bar Association for his dedication to providing equal access to justice. Gary was also attorney for the Fargo Hector Airport from 1969 to the present. He was a member of the El Zagel Shrine and Masonic Lodge. In 2001, Stewart helped save the old Surety Insurance Office building that was located on 8th St in Fargo from demolition and then transformed it into a second office for the law firm. Gary received many awards for his pro-bono work he had done for nursing home residents. He enjoyed buying and restoring old cars, especially 1950 Ford vehicles, mainly the Ford Crestliner. He also enjoyed his extensive HO train set and spending time at his cabin on Little Detroit Lake and the horse track. He and his friend and former horse trainer Murray Duncan decided to get back into horse racing in 2010 and the horses are currently running at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg. He enjoyed having lunch at Rick’s Bar and then stopping at the Am Vet’s on his way home at night. Gary touched many lives in the local law business, city and airport business. He was a hard worker who could often be seen working late at night by the big picture window of his law office. He was brilliant, unpretentious and was a friend to all. Once you met him you would never forget him. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert, fiancee Judy Cooke, and is survived by daughters Elizabeth and Audrey Farol, Special son-in-law Brian, Grandchildren Ryan (Kayla) & Aaron Young, Alissa Olson (Dustin); Great-Grand-daughter Ava; Brother Wayne (Renee) of Lancaster, MN, Sister Susan (Terry) of White Bear Lake MN; Special ex-brothers-in-law Bill (Brenda) Windt, Jerry (Adda); Don (Jolene) Windt and ex-sister-in-law Dorothy (Del) Davis and Linda Easter; Nieces and nephews Lance (Bobby) Stewart; Ashley (Shelly) Larson, Ben (Rose) Larson, Chad Larson, Dan (Tiffenie) Larson, Shawn (Carrie) Stewart; David (Cindy) Stewart, Lori Fodness, Laurie Windt, Jerry Windt Jr, Brad Davis, Jamey Windt, Brendan Windt, Andrea (Stan) Antonelli and many cousins and close friends. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the service on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead, MN. Burial will take place at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Pembina Cemetery, Pembina, North Dakota.

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  1. North Dakota has lost one of its finest Attorneys and many of us have lost a dear Friend. Smart, witty, and best of all if he told you something you could take it to the bank. One of a kind at his very best.

  2. In 1977 I began my life long Masonic journey and joined Shiloh Lodge #1 in Fargo. Brother Stewart was Master of the Lodge that year. It was an honor to have received the degrees when he was Master.

    George Schatz,
    Life Member Shiloh Lodge #1
    Past Master Lygonia Lodge, Ellsworth, Maine

  3. Gary was such an incredible gentleman and friend to my mom (Fran) and to all of us (her family). He will be greatly missed. RIP Gary.

  4. Many of us have lost a trusted friend and colleague. I found him a real class act to deal with in legal matters.

  5. Gargle will be missed by many. He was such a true friend to everyone and loved his family very much. Our prayers are with the family.. Bill and Kathy Roy

  6. Gary was a good lawyer and always a gentleman. When dealing with him on any matter you could be assured that if he said something would occur that he would make it happen.

    David L. Peterson

  7. I had many dealings with Gary over the years as attorney for NDSU when we had matters with the City or the Airport. I loved working with him for his sense of humor and no nonsense approach to getting things accomplished. I could always learn something from him, particularly when I asked him about horse racing! I stopped by to see him a couple of times in the last couple of months-very glad I did. He will be missed.

  8. I truly enjoyed working with Gary when I worked in Fargo for the Solberg Law Office. Gary had a wonderful sense of humor and every day I spent working with him ended with a good joke or story. I hope the members of Gary’s family take comfort in the fact that Gary accomplished much during his lifetime and he was well liked and respected by his peers. Rest in peace Gary and thanks for making Fargo a better place to live and work!

  9. Saddened to hear of Gary’s passing – he was kind and sweet, funny and generous – he only touched my life for a few short years but had a lasting impact. It brings me good feelings to read the wonderful comments from others on here – rest in peace Garylle B. <3

  10. Goodbye to a good friend, attorney and counselor, you meant so much to so many and were of immeasurable help to me when I first joined the city of Fargo staff.

  11. Gary’s humble approach combined with his loyalty and devotion to the city of Fargo, the Fargo Municipal Airport and other clients could serve as a model for any public entity lawyer. I will truly miss Gary for his wit and his remarkable perspective and his knowledge and wisdom as to law and life. A day hardly goes by without my invoking one of Gary’s expressions. I’ll miss Gary’s impish grin as he asked me, “You’re a man of average intelligence, what do you think of this?” and his expression, “throw the rope at the horse” continues to be repeated at City Hall. Beth and I cherish the polished horseshoe from one of Gary’s horses that Brian recently shared. Our most sincere sympathies go to all of Gary’s family.

  12. Gary and I first met in 1963 in law school. I can hardly remember a time when he didn’t have a smile on his face. He genuinely liked people, he had a great sense of humor, and was a man of great integrity. He was a first rate lawyer and a credit to his profession, and he demonstrated how a very good attorney should relate to his clients and colleagues. I will miss him. My deepest sympathy to his family and many friends. Lee Hagen.

  13. My sincere condolences to Gary’s family. Gary was a wonderful mentor during my four years next to him on Monday nights. Gary always told me to “keep your head down, and your powder dry.” Great advice for a novice elected official. Gary was a regular patron of our restaurant, ordering the same thing every time…a hot dog and a cup of chicken noodle soup. Every night as I drove home on University, I would see his silhouette in his office and wonder what complex issue he was solving. Whenever we “walked across the street for one” Gary would say “we deserved it.” Rest in peace, Gary…you deserve it.

  14. Gary will be greatly missed by all that knew him. I will treasure our visits on the back porch at Solberg Law Firm and solving the world’s problems. I will miss that look in his eyes when I would bring “Nerds” to the office, and of course, “Nut Goodies”. He always lit up when the UPS man would deliver his parts for his trucks and then have to show them to me. (LOL) Lots of memories and my heartfelt sympathy to all of Gary’s family. Stay strong.

  15. Dear Audrey and Betty,
    I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your Dad. My heart goes out to you and your families.

  16. What an incredible man! I have so many fond memories of my time at SSMT. GBS taught me so much about life and the legal world. The man never raised his voice or had an ill word to say of anyone. Always getting people to laugh with his witty comments. It still cracks me up how excited he was to play Doom! Or the anxious arrival of Sam dropping off another part for his latest project!

  17. Gary will be greatly missed by a lot of people in this world. He was a great attorney with sound advice and direction. He was a treasured friend of mine and my family and he always went out of his way to help us. My condolences to his family and his law partners at the firm.

  18. Even though I didn’t see Uncle Gary often since I lived out of state, he will be missed. I always respected and admired him.

    He will be missed.

    Rest in peace.

  19. Gary was such an asset as attorney for Hector Airport. He had a wealth of knowledge about the history of the airport and of Fargo. It was a privilege to get to know him and to work with him. He will be missed very much.

    Much sympathy

  20. I will always be thankful for Gary as he gave me a chance to practice law in 1998 by hiring me. He was one of a kind. Gary had a wonderful sense of humor and we shared a lot of laughs. Rest in Peace Gary.

  21. So sorry to read about Gary. He was always a pleasure to be around and I remember many good times we spent together with him and other members of the Ritualistic Divan group of El Zagal Shrine. I have a favorite picture of the two of us at Medora during a Shrine function while we are relaxing prior to the ceremonial. Rest in peace, brother Mason and Noble.

  22. Brother gary was always a true a past masterof shiloh lodge,gary and i crossed paths quite fellow masons, we smetimes would be in lodge together.i have slides of him at the el zagal clubhouse. I was newly married, gary was there with me and my new wife. This all goes back some 45 years Ago.gary was always a friend.

  23. Garylle will be missed by our family. I remember playing hockey with your brothers,
    Wayne and Bob. Our condolences are sent to your family.

  24. So sorry to hear about Gary passing. I don’t remember ever meeting him as he was older than me since I was in Suzie’s class of 1965. This memory is coming from a long time ago but I thought since I graduated with Suzie a few words would be appropriate. Hopefully, your family will find peace knowing that your strength lies within each of you at this time.

  25. So sorry to hear about Gary! We have missed him here at the lake—-he always had such good stories to tell us! May all your happy memories of Gary ease your sorrow.

  26. Our condolences to Gary’s family. He was always good to our family. His stories, friendship, and calm. logical, experienced ways will be missed by alot of people. The Reitans

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