Pastor Herb Wanner

Feb. 25, 1933-Nov. 27, 2019

Pastor Herbert “Herb”

Harold Wanner, 86,

Minot, died on Wednes-

day, November 27, 2019

in a Velva nursing care


Herbert was born on

February 25, 1933 on the

family farm in rural

McLean County, North

Dakota the son of Christ

and Christine (Bonnet)

Wanner. He was raised on

the family ranch near

Mercer, ND, where he at-

tended country schools

through the eighth grade

and later received his

GED. He assisted with the

operation of the family

farm and became a local

rancher in McLean Coun-

ty. In 1956, he became a

minister in the Church of

God and pastored

churches in North Dakota,

South Dakota, Washing-

ton, New Mexico, Wiscon-sin and Missouri.

Herb was united in

marriage to Melvie Lasher

on July 20, 1956 at

McClusky. Throughout

the years, they made their

home at various places in-

cluding, Mercer, ND;

Garrison, ND; Coal

Springs, SD; Grandview,

WA; Everett, WA, Grants,

NM; West Bend, WI; Reed

Spring, MO; and Minot,


The family moved to

Minot in 1976, where he

worked at Northwest Bi-

ble College. In 1982, Herb

and Melvie went to pastor

in West Bend, Wisconsin

and Reed Springs, Mis-

souri before returning to

Minot in 1990. He contin-ued to pastor at local rural

churches. In addition, he

worked for the

Mid-Dakota Chapter of the

American Red Cross and

Ward County Green

Thumb. Melvie and Herb

became residents of Edge-

wood Vista in October of

2018. Melvie passed away

August 22, 2019.

Herb was a member of

the West Minot Church of

God and was active

throughout the years as

chairman of the Minot

Festival in the Parks for

the 4th of July. He and

Melvie enjoyed traveling

extensively along with do-

ing yard work, hunting

and fishing. Herb enjoyed

serving the Lord through

his volunteer opportuni-

ties wherever he lived. He

left every church building

and parsonage in better

condition than when he


His loving family in-

cludes: children, Corinne

(Glen) Sayler, Arizona,

JoEllen (Jim) Hallmark,

Noblesville, IN and Tim

(Denice) Wanner, Minot;

grandchildren, Christo-

pher Sayler, Nicholas

Sayler, Steven (Michelle)

Hallmark, Joshua (Rachel)

Hallmark, Eric (Krystal)

Wanner, Evan (Misty)

Wanner and Stephi (Jef-

frey) Leeson;


Olivia & Sophia Hallmark,

Danielle & Allison Hall-

mark, Dylan & Dawson

Wanner, Victoria Leeson,

expected baby Wanner,

Eric Smith; siblings, Ted

(Doris) Wanner, Bismarck,

ND, Helen Grosz, McClu-

sky, ND along with

several nieces, nephews

and cousins.

Herb was preceded in

death by: his parents;

wife of 63 years, Melvie;

brother, John Wanner; sis-

ters Ruth Vogel, Marion

Geigle, Lillian Bentz; and

an infant sister.

Celebration of Life ser-

vice: Tuesday, December

3, 2019 at noon in West

Minot Church of God.

Those wishing to view the

service by livestream can

do so by accessing:


Interment: McClusky

City Cemetery.

Visitation: On Tuesday

one hour prior to the ser-

vice in the church.

Memorials: preferred to

West Minot Church of


Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at www.thomasfamily