August 25, 1938 ~ June 18, 2018
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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