Henry McCormick

henry mccormick

Henry "Mac" McCormick, 88, passed away on Thursday at Essentia Health in Fargo.

Henry McCormick was born on October 31, 1923 in Fort Yates, ND. He was raised from infancy by his great grandmother, a full blooded Sioux Indian, Mary Twiggs. He left home at the age of 14 and put himself through high school by working in the summers with the CCC. He graduated from Fort Yates High School where he was captain of the 1941 State Champion football team. He lived in various places including Grand Forks, ND, New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, and Camden, NJ, before moving back to Grand Forks in 1946. He worked there a year before moving to Fargo, ND and began working for the city. He transferred to the police department as soon as an opening occurred. He was with the Fargo Police for 30 years as a detective in criminal investigations, retiring in 1980. In retirement, he had his own Company "Mac's Private Eye Agency," worked in vehicle transport for Corwin Chrysler, and was a bookkeeper for Automotive Specialties in West Fargo, ND. Henry married Maxine Staska on September 10, 1948 at S. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hillsboro, ND, a marriage that lasted 54 years. She died in 1999. Henry especially enjoyed the many winters he and Maxine spent in Mesa, AZ.

His hobbies included leatherwork, Indian beadwork, and most recently wood carving, which he greatly enjoyed and won many ribbons.

He is survived by his children: Robert McCormick, Denver, CO, Patrick (Cheryl) McCormick, Apple Valley, MN, Su-anne Moss (Greg) Idaho Springs, CO, Eileen (Randy) Anderson, Tucson, AZ, Mike McCormick, Fargo, ND, Rory (Beth) McCormick, Fallbrook, CA, Brian (Kristi) McCormick, Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; aunt: Mae Garrison, Vinton, VA; and his very special friend: Joyce Adams, Fargo.

He was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Frank; an infant son; 2 infant daughters; and 1 grandson.

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  1. Grand Forks, ND
    My caring thoughts are with you, Bob and your entire family. I remember being very impressed by your Dad when we were kids not only because he was a detective but also because he was such a nice man. I’m sure he will be missed!

  2. West Fargo, ND
    I remember back in the 60’s he use to sell fireworks in South Fargo off of 13TH Avenue and 21ST Street and that was the end of Fargo to the West he was where Clarence Body Shop once was. Henry was a very very nice guy and always had a smile on his face. Wonderful person who will be missed.

    Jim Johnson

  3. Overland Park KSMy prayers and thoughts are with Bob “Mac”…one of my best friends from Shanley and the whole McCormick family. I know that “Mickey’s” memories of me precede mine of him….he was a corner cop at 4th ave and Roberts St in Fargo when the Landry family lived in the rear of the automatic laundry we owned next to the old Salvation Army…He retrieved the “missing 3 year old many times and returned me to a worried mother. I have many fond memories of the McCormick household and his run for sheriff…when Bob and I travelled Fargo in a new Toronado with campaign signs.
    Peace and love to all the family

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