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Gary Cunningham

Gary Duane Cunningham, age 66, of Grace City, ND, died Sunday, October 15, 2023, at his home of natural causes.

Gary was born on September 16, 1957, in Kensal, ND. He was the first child, born to Mabel Christine and Duane Alfred Cunningham. At the young age of five, Gary talked with his mother about the gift of salvation paid for by Jesus on the cross. Gary prayed to accept forgiveness for his sins.

Gary started life with imagination and energy. His motto seemed to be “Why walk when you can run?” He convinced his sister to jump off buildings with him so they could fly like Superman and women.  When Gary began going to FaHoCha Bible Camp, which he loved, he earned the nickname of “Rabbit” for his quick ways. He had to be fast to get away from all the girls who chased him!

In high school, Gary decided to learn to play trombone in the Grace City School band. Until he recieved his trombone, he practiced by blowing into the garden hose. Gary made some interesting sounds out of that hose! Music continued to bring joy to Gary throughout his life. He played guitar, bass guitar, and sang. Gary played bass guitar for the worship team at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Grace City. He dreamed of being a recording engineer someday. Gary studied recording techniques and how to use a mic to capture performances experimenting with recording local groups.   

Gary was deeply interested in mechanics, and engines, learning how to increase their performance. He poured over manuals, and it paid off in the skills he learned. Gary’s first job was as a mechanic at Scanson Repair. This passion for all things mechanical grew and expanded into a hobby with cars; specifically drag racing. In 1986, Gary attended a semester at Winnipeg Bible College. He then transitioned to other jobs, including grinding feed for farmers in the area, and farm work for Leo Gauderman, Jr. Being fascinated with how things work led Gary to become skilled in carpentry and construction.  He started his own business, G. C. Remodeling. Garry worked with many in the area including Dick Messerly, Gleason Construction, Pine Ridge Builders, Messner Construction, and others. 

Often a man of few words, Gary could turn on the charm when the mood was right. He was generous, and always ready to lend a helping hand. Gary was a good listener and friend to all. Many homes and buildings in the community will continue to be a tribute to Gary’s workmanship.

Gary is survived by his father, Duane Cunningham; sister, Bonnie (Mark) Ekeland; brothers, John (Rachel) Cunningham; David (Becky) Cunningham; and many nieces and nephews.

Gary is preceded in death by mother, Mabel Cunningham; Grandparents, Margaret and Paul Johnston; cousin, David Manz, Jr.; and uncle, Glenn Bjornson.


Gary’s Visitation will be Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 PM all at Faith E Free Church, Grace City, ND.

His Burial will be at the Grace City Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. so sorry for your loss. have alot of good memories with your family.

  2. Condolences to the Cunningham family. Gary helped me tune the carburator and set the timing on my 1st pickup when I was 14. He had an incredible amount of knowledge about vehicles and all things mechanical and was a super nice guy!

  3. So so sorry to read this today. Bonnie, my heart breaks for you with loss of your brother💔. Prayers and hugs to your family 🙏🏼.

  4. Bonnie and all, My prayers are with you in your pain. Such hope that there will be a joyful reunion when we are called home! Much love,

  5. msjaallee@icloudcom

    Heaven is closer as our loved ones graduate to glory. Many there will welcome Gary home forever. Jane Allee

  6. Heaven seems closer as our loved one graduate to glory

  7. My deepest sympathies to the entire Cunningham family.

  8. I am very sorry to hear about Gary’s passing.


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