Cayuga, ND: The Mass of Christian Burial for John R. Banish will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cayuga. Rev. Fr. Robert Smith will celebrate the mass, and burial will be in the Rutland Cemetery of Rutland, ND.
Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Price Funeral Chapel of Forman, ND has been entrusted with John’s arrangements.
John passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012, in the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Health in Fargo at the age of 62.
John Richard Banish was born April 25, 1949, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Wahpeton, ND to Joseph and Ethel (Baumann) Banish. He was raised on the family farm north of Cayuga. In 1967, John graduated from Sargent Central High School in Forman. He went on to receive his Associates Machinists Degree. After completing his education, John pursued his career at FMC Corporation in Minneapolis for the next three years.
He returned to his home area and started working for the Bobcat plant in Gwinner, ND as a machinist. He remained with them for the next 40 years.
On June 8, 1974, John married Helen Carlson. They made their home in Cayuga, where they raised their daughters, Melisa and Emily.
John was a true outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He especially enjoyed hunting ducks and geese with his brothers, buddies and son-in-law. He was also an avid woodworker, whether it was making a tree house, bookshelves or ice-spearing decoys. He was proud of having taught his children to fish and the “proper” way to remove the bones from a Northern Pike. He also patiently taught his grandkids to fish.
John was a charter member of the Rutland Sportsman’s Club where he took great pride in pan-frying fish every spring. He was a lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cayuga and had belonged to the Knights of Columbus since 1967.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 37 years, Helen Banish of Cayuga; two daughters: Melisa Banish and her boyfriend, Chris Cannon of Fargo, ND; Emily (Jason) Wangen of Larimore, ND; two sisters: Shirley (Ray) Jawaski of Adrian, ND; Marie (Tim) Kempel of La Porte, IN; four brothers: Jim (Janet) Banish of West Fargo, ND; Clarence (Eugenia) Banish of Wheatland, WY; Robert (Carrie) Banish of Milnor, ND; Dana (Sandra) Banish of Cayuga, ND; one sister-in-law, Karen Banish of Florissant, MO; a brother-in-law, Tony Sperle of Napoleon, ND; three grandchildren: Hadley Banish of Fargo; Levi and Lydia Wangen of Larimore, ND; and Melisa’s boyfriend’s children, Alysa and Bailey Cannon of Fargo.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Paul Banish and a sister, Sonja Sperle.