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Gary Brien Sr.

Gary Dale Brien Sr., 79, died Nov. 13, 2023, at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck, N.D.

He was born April 28, 1944, on the farm at Medicine Lake to Julius and Joy (Rather) Brien and spent the majority of his life in Medicine Lake.

He was a rifle marksman in the Army National Guard from 1964-1970 and served his country proudly.

He enjoyed doing many things, but it was hunting and fishing, especially with his family and friends, that he loved most. Often, he could be seen cruising around town, most likely taking care of those gophers. He was quite the shot, even at 79.

He also enjoyed his daily trips to the Medicine Lake gas station where he would sit and have coffee with his friends and visit. He also enjoyed going to the Honker Pit to visit the ladies and have lunch. He loved the visits he would have with his children and those that would often pop in and find him napping in his chair at home.

He is survived by his children, Ronnette McCabe of Ekalaka, Brenda Christensen of Ekalaka, Pam Strandlund of Topeka, Kansas, Sheila Devor of Towanda, Kansas; Gary Brien Jr. of Fairview and Shawn Brien of Munich, N.D.; sister, Sheila Krug of Topeka, Kansas; and numerous grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Tracy, Brien; sisters, Iva, Ramona and Shirley; and brothers, Larry and baby Bernard.

No public service is planned at this time. He will be cremated and the family will have a private service at a later date.

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