Born: Aug 17, 1937
Died: Dec 27, 2016
Gary Kenneth Hayward was born on August 17, 1937, in Valentine, Nebraska and passed away at Northern Montana Hospital on Tuesday, December 27th, at the age of 79. Gary was one of 4 children, born to Walter and Ines Hayward.
Gary graduated from High School in Curtis, Nebraska. On June 2, 1957, he married Shirley Waggoner and had 4 children. They operated a ranch together in South Dakota until the spring of 1964. At this time, the family moved to Big Sandy, Montana. There they bought a ranch with Gary’s sister Ruth and her family. In 1972, Gary and family moved to a ranch south of Moore, Montana. In 1975, Gary and Shirley went their separate ways.
In the following years, Gary did everything from driving truck to mining for gold from Alaska to Colorado. Finding himself in Montana, on one of his adventures, he met his current wife, Sharon. They were married October 28, 1997. They resided in Chinook until the time of Gary’s passing. During their life together, they spent many pleasurable moments enjoying Gary’s passions including snowmobiling, flying and motorcycling.
Gary was preceded in death, by his parents, Walter and Ines; his 3 siblings, Harry, Ruth and William; his children, Gary Walter, Tim and Teresa.
Gary is survived by his wife, Sharon; his daughter, Sherry; stepsons Todd (Mona); Ray (Angela); stepdaughter, Sabrina (Jon). As well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
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