Joseph "Jim" Banish, 79, West Fargo, formerly of Milnor, ND passed away June 18th at Moorhead Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Joe was born Aug 25th, 1938 to Joseph L and Ethel (Baumann) Banish in Cayuga, ND. Joe attended primary school at Hermann #2 before attending Lidgerwood High School and graduating in the class of 1957. Joe spent one year at NDSU studying Ag Tech prior to returning to work on the family farm. In the summer half of the year, Joe worked on road construction projects before making it his primary profession. In 1963, while on a long term project in northern North Dakota, he met Janet Kalk. On July 30th, 1966 they were married at St Louis Catholic Church in Dunseith, ND. From there they lived in Milnor, ND for 32 years prior to transitioning to the Fargo metro area. Joe worked 27 years in road construction before being injured and discontinued road work. He also served a combined 12 years on the Milnor City Council as well as Mayor. He served on St. Arnold's church council as well as trustee, a Boy Scouts committee member, and is a Knights of Columbus Honorary Life Member. Joe loved fishing, hunting and especially tinkering with small motors. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Janet, 3 sons Daren and James, West Fargo and Brian, Bloomington, MN; sisters Shirley (Ray) Jawaski, Adrian, ND; Marie (Tim) Kempel, La Porte, IN; Clarence, Wheatland, WY; Dana (Sandra) Banish Cayuga, ND; Robert (Carrie) Banish Milnor, ND; sister-in-laws Helen Banish, Fargo, ND, Karen Banish, Florissant, MO. Joe is preceded by his parents; two brothers John Banish, Cayuga, ND; Paul Banish, Florissant, MO; sister Sonja Sperle, Napoleon, ND; sister-in-law Eugenia Banish, Wheatland, WY. Visitation will be held at Boulger Funeral Home Thurs Jun 21st at 6pm with a prayer service immediately following at 7pm. Funeral Service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church Fri Jun 22nd at Noon. Burial is at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery South also on Friday.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Jim’s family. I will always remember bringing lunch to Uncle Jim and Grandpa Joe in the field. May you find comfort in loving memories.

  2. We are so very sorry for your loss. We were neighbors in Milnor.
    Jim was a very quiet and gentle man. He was “good people”!!
    He will be missed.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob & Michele Green
    Hillsboro, ND

  3. I am sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of sorrow.

  4. We are saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He and Buzzy worked together during summers on Road Construction. Janet and Fellas, treasure the memories of a Good Man.

  5. I am so sorry for Jim’s whole family. Jim was a good man, a good neighbor and a good person at the nursing home we both shared. I am very sorry that he is gone.
    Mike

  6. Joe worked with us for many years and we always enjoyed seeing his smiling face and hearing his laughter. He will be missed by many. Our condolences to the family.

  7. Jim was my friend and classmare in high school. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to his wife and family. He was quite the football player in high school. He was a friend to everyone. Well liked by his classmates. He really did do well for himself in his life. A well respected man.

  8. one of my classmates and one of the good guys. I remember him in band also. so sorry for your loss.

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss. Joe was a great neighbor and all around guy. Joe’s family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joe and Wanda Miller

  10. Your piece of shit son JAMES BANISH is conning my family. When I find out I will do everything in my power to see that he never sees day light and freedom again!

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