George J. Haider, 84, Mandan, passed away May 11, 2016 at Sanford Living Center on Sunset in Mandan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Msgr. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:00 pm followed by a Parish Vigil. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
George was born on February 28, 1932 to Joseph and Anna (Leingang) Haider in St. Anthony, ND. He was raised and educated in rural St. Anthony area. George married the love of his life, Maggie Martin on November 12, 1951 in Mandan. George worked construction before he started as a truck driver in 1956 and continued until his retirement in 1988. George and Maggie lived in Mandan their whole lives. When Maggie became ill, George stayed at home and was her primary caregiver until her death in 1995.
George enjoyed gardening, his lawn and flower gardens where always well groomed. He enjoyed going to coffee with his friends at the Ridge and liked making an occasional Casino trip. Auctions and garage sales were especially fun for George he would go to a lot of sales and collected many treasures throughout is life. Above all his family was central in his life and he loved holidays and other special occasions when they were all together. George had a great sense of humor and enjoyed the staff at Sanford Living Center where he was living. He always had a stash of candy available to bribe the staff if needed. George was a kind and decent man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
George will be deeply missed by his daughters, Pat (Doug) Bender, Mandan, ND, Marilyn (Ken) Keller, Bismarck, ND and Debra (Kelly) Radke, Aylett, VI; sons, Bob (Brenda), Bismarck and Tracy (RaeAnn), Lincoln, ND; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Minnie Schmidt and Lillian (Richard) Sturn, both of Bismarck, ND; brothers, Hubert (Darlene), Bismarck, ND, Dennis (Darlene), Bismarck, ND and Arnie (Angie), Gailsburg, ILL and sister-in-law, Tillie Haider, Bismarck, ND.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Maggie who passed away on January 8, 1995; his parents; sister, Rose Haider; brothers, Joseph and John and brother-in-law, Victor Schmidt.
George’s family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Sanford Living Center on Sunset for the special care given to their Dad.