Gary W. Morlock


Gary W. Morlock, 80, of Bismarck, passed away on October 10, 2023 in a Bismarck Care Center.  Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023

at 10:00 a.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bismarck.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.


Gary was born January 28, 1943, in Carrington, North Dakota, and passed away on October 10, 2023, at Edgewood Memory Care in Bismarck, ND, after a

long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

It was at the Rainbow Gardens dance hall in Carrington where Gary met the love of his life, Catherine (Kay) Gross. Gary and Kay married in 1962, and together

raised their two boys, Wayne and Wade.

In 1968, Gary and Kay moved to Sidney, Montana, where they lived until 1995. Gary worked as a heavy equipment operator for Pederson Construction until 1974 when he was asked to become a partner. At that time it became Pederson Morlock Construction, Inc. In 1980, Gary bought the business in its entirety and the name became Gary Morlock Construction Inc. It was during this time that he was “wasting too much daylight” driving from jobsite to jobsite that he got his pilot’s license and bought a helicopter. He was then able to deliver parts and check on each crew more than once a day. In 1995, work brought Gary and Kay to Bismarck where they made their home until his death.

Gary was a tremendously hard worker and incredibly smart. He could fix anything and was always willing to help others. Gary enjoyed doing many projects for Ducks Unlimited, and he was especially proud of his last big project, which was doing the dirt work for a dairy in Carrington.

When Gary was not working with his son, Wayne, in Bismarck, he was working in Arizona with his other son, Wade. And, when he wasn’t working (which was rare!), Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding ATVs with friends in Arizona. He had the best of both worlds dividing his time between his two sons and their families. Gary was truly cherished by his family.

Gary is survived by his wife Kay, Bismarck; two sons, Wayne (Shawn) Morlock, Bismarck, and Wade (Tina) Morlock, Peoria, AZ; grandchildren, Cassandra (Kevin) Keller, Bismarck; Abbie (Austin) Steiner, Lincoln, NE; and Delanie Morlock, Glendale, AZ; great grandchildren, Claire Keller and James Keller, Bismarck; his brothers, Ronnie (Colleen) Morlock, Bismarck, Bradley (Gail) Morlock, Powell, WY, and Monte (Tammy) Morlock, Rock Springs, WY; sister Tammy Neal (Dennis Hall), Oroville, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rudy and Susie; brothers, Rodger and Keith; and sister, Diane.

Gary’s family would like to give special thank you to the wonderful staff at Edgewood Memory Care who affectionately called him “Gar-bear” and loved him like their own.


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Condolences to the Morlock family. My mom always kept me updated on the family and enjoyed her visits with them. I also have memories of hanging out with Monte and Tammy. Deatte Engelhardt (Johnson) Judith (Hewitt) Johnson daughter.

My sympathies to Kay, Wayne and Shawn! When I worked for Ducks Unlimited I remember Gary Morlock Construction as a great contractor to work with!

My greatest sympathies to the Morlock family. I have fond memories of our trips to Sidney to visit Uncle Gary and Aunt Kay (and of coarse Wade & Wayne). We always had a wonderful time and many good memories.

I worked for the abandoned mine lands division of the ND PSC and worked with Gary on many projects. Gary was by far my favorite and best contractor to work with. He reminded me of my dad. That is a huge compliment! Gary was a very special person!

Wayne and Shawn accept Joyce And my sympathy..Frank Dahl

Gary was a wonderful man and will be missed. We are all praying for you at Schmitz-Holmstrom. 🙏🙏

Kay, Wayne, Wade . My sincere sympathies to you all. I’ll always remember going over to Sidney to visit with you. Man we were young!!! And when your Mom & Dad moved to Bismarck, we visited a few times. Your parents couldn’t get over how content/quiet my daughter was while we visited.
I enjoyed all the stories your Dad told me. He was great company along with your Mom Sweet Kay. As you know, my mom passed August 24 because of the disease of Alzheimer’s. It’s a tough one for sure! I’m sure she met your dad at the golden gates, and they are catching up with all the good times that our parents got together! Keep all the great memories close to your hearts. May Gary rest easy & peacefully..