Remembering Ray Ganyo

NDAD remembers the late Ray Ganyo this week.

Ganyo, 52, a Grafton, N.D., native and Grand Forks resident, died Saturday at his home.

Ganyo was paralyzed from the chest down in 1981 during a Texas camping trip diving


An Augsburg College graduate with a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota, Ray served on the Grand Forks Mayor’s Committee On Employment Of People With Disabilities and could count the state of North Dakota’s “Most Outstanding Handicap Citizen Of The Year” award in 2000 among his multiple honors.

Fresh from a vacation in the Black Hills in June, Ray participated for the second time in Escape to the Lake, an adaptive aquatics event June 15 at western North Dakota’s Nelson

Lake; see photos of his participation. NDAD organizes the event and is a sponsor.

Ray Ganyo skis using adaptive equipment — with help from two side skiers from the Aberdeen Aqua Addicts — at the 19th annual Escape to the Lake on June 15. (Photo: Mike Brue, NDAD)

Funeral services for Ganyo will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Forks. A visitation is set from 5 o 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a 4:30 p.m. rosary service and 7 p.m. vigil service, at Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel, 2950 S. Washington St., Grand Forks. He will be buried at 2:30 p.m. Thursday after the mass in the Grafton City Cemetery. Read the full obituary for Ray Ganyo here:

You also can read two articles from the Grand Forks Herald’s Brad Dokken about Ganyo’s deer hunting in recent years: and