Iverson-Kassian Funeral Services

In Loving Memory...

Gary V. Hanesalo

Gary Verner Hanesalo was born on March 28, 1950, to Verner and Margaret Hanesalo in Devils Lake, ND.  He attended Enterprise Elementary School in Pelto, ND, and went on to Lakota where he completed high school.  He graduated from UND with a degree in English.  He taught at various schools and was teaching in Ely, Nevada when he passed away.

Gary was a generous, caring person with a great sense of humor and wit.  He had a tremendous love for animals and was involved with the Humane Society in Ely, NV, rescuing abandoned animals.  He was also active politically for the Democratic Party.


Gary passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Ely, Nevada.  He is survived by his mother, Margaret Hanesalo, Devils Lake, ND; his sister, Shirley (Gary) Johnson, Moorhead, MN; his niece, Kristin (John) McDermott, Moorhead, MN; and his special friend, Jennifer Messina, Ely, Nevada.  He was preceded in death by his father, Verner Hanesalo; and his infant sister, Marie Hanesalo.


A private family service will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home, Lakota, ND, with Rev. Dale Peterson officiating.  Burial will be at the Enterprise Finnish Cemetery, rural Brocket, ND.

Posted Condolences:


Please accept my deepest condolences

Margo (Vasicek) Burthold


Aunt Margaret, Shirley and family, so very sorry for your loss, he will be missed.
Larry and Retta


Shirley, I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing.  Please know that my heart goes out to you and your mother and all who cared about him.  HUG 



So sorry to hear about your brother's passing;  we are thinking of you.  Our deepest sympathy to your Mother also.

Dave and Linda Winge


My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.  He will be missed and God bless the memory of Gary; may he rest in peace.

Debbie (Olson) Grow


Thinking of you all and sending thoughts and prayers. 
So sorry for your loss.

Janeene (Rainsberry) Monley


I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing.  He was always full of so much fun and laughter!  I am sorry Shirley, Gary and all your families for your loss.  My heart goes out to you and all my prayers!

Cheri Kleven Miller


My deepest sympathy for your loss.  God's blessings

Gail Honkola Klein



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