In Memory

Gary Sokness

Gary Sokness

Gary L. Sokness

Gary L. Sokness, 75, of Washington, D.C. passed away October 13, 2018 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Gary was born December 11, 1942 in Fargo, ND the son of Levi and Marie (Correll) Sokness. He grew up in Grand Forks, ND and graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1960. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Business Administration and was active in ROTC.

Gary entered the US Army in 1965 and had many tours of duty throughout Europe, Asia as well as the United States where he served as aide-de-camp to General Omar Bradley. During his military career, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Metal, Legion of Merit, and citations for distinguished service to the intelligence community. He retired November 1, 1988 with the rank of Colonel.

After his military retirement, Gary worked as a financial adviser for Janney, Montgomery, Scott in Washington, D.C. until his retirement in 2012.

He is survived by a sister Janet (Larry) Eickman of Grand Forks, 3 nephews: Jeff (Dawn), John (Kara) both of Grand Forks, and Tim (Kris) of Brooklyn Park, MN; an uncle, Lloyd (Beverly) Correll of Moorhead, MN, several cousins and special friend, Stephan Shriver.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.

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10/28/18 02:08 PM #1    

Joanne Swanson (Becker)

jAs a former high school classmate of Gay's, I remember him as a serious, quiet, capable gentlemen.  I saw him on the campus of UND, oh 10-15 years ago and had a good conversation with him.  I admired him for his service to our nation then and still do.  May his memory inspire others to serve our country!


Joanne (Swanson) Becker 


10/28/18 07:20 PM #2    

Jared Mondry

I knew who Gary was, moreso than knew him. He was quiet, self-contained and seemed quite serious. 

I am saddened, nevertheless...and certainly hope that it was peaceful for him.

Good Man. Likeable.


10/29/18 02:12 PM #3    

Judie Kraemer (Day)

I knew who Gary was as a classmate.  He was a very reserved person and a good student.  He was always very polite and would say "HI" and smile.  I see from his obituary that he lived a commendable, admirable life which doesn't come as a surprise.  He was always very dignified. The last time I saw him was at the 50th class reunion in 2010 and we spoke briefly.  I am so sorry to learn that he has left us.  My heart goes out to those who were close to him.  With all my sympathy, Judie Day 

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