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Gary Tavenner

Born: Mon., Apr. 14, 1941
Died: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 16, 2019
Location: Grace United Methodist Church

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Missoula - Gary Tavenner, a true Montana native, passed away February 26, at his home in Missoula. A proud descendant of the Williams, Tavenner, and Bielenberg families of Deer Lodge, Gary was born April 14, 1941 to Donald Williams Tavenner and Mary Ellen Bielenberg Tavenner, joining older brother Dean. Younger brother Lee completed the family. Don and Mary instilled a love of Montana history, photography and aviation in all three boys. Don led the clan on frequent family adventures to Mexico, Arizona, and his beloved Glacier Park. Gary graduated from Powell County High School lettering in football, basketball, and track. Many of his Warden classmates remain lifelong friends. His college career was spent at Montana State in Bozeman where he was a Sigma Chi preparing for a career in ranching with majors in Accounting and Economics. In 1963, he married Lynn Ellinghouse of Sheridan, Montana, moving back to the Williams and Tavenner Ranch to join his father and Uncle Bob in the family business and Montana ranching tradition. After the untimely death of his father and sale of the ranch, Gary built custom homes and owned and operated Pioneer Hardware in Deer Lodge. A new career with ASCS/Farm Service Agency brought him to Missoula where he was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Missoula and attended Grace Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Mary and brother Dean. He is survived by his wife Lynn, daughters and sons-in-law; Gloria Tavenner Dow (Dean) of Reno Nevada, Tanya Lynn Hauenstein (Dennis) of Spokane, Washington, and Laura Louise Sokolowski (Ken) of Denver, Colorado; grandsons Cody Hauenstein (Amanda), Ryan Hauenstein, Zane Sokolowski, and Cy Sokolowski; great-granddaughters Hayden and Emersyn Hauenstein, brother Lee and Mary Hamilton, cousin Martha Klaumann (Stan), numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and many dear friends. Gary’s family remembers and appreciates his quiet, care taking demeanor, his work ethic and his good humor in the face of adversity. He was an encouraging swim, basketball, cheer and life coach to his daughters, a construction foreman for the entire family, and an avid Mullan Road historian throughout his entire life. Gary believed anything was possible, “If a guy had a few tools, and a little know how…” Services will be Saturday, March 16, 2019, 11:00 A.M., at the Grace Methodist Church on the corner of 10th and Garfield, Pastor Todd Scranton officiating, with a luncheon reception to follow. Memorials may be made to Grace Church, 1756 10th Street West, Missoula, 59801, or Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation, 1106 Main Street, Deer Lodge, Montana 59722, or one of the donor’s choice If you are unable to join us for the service, walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, sprinkle huckleberries on your ice cream, chuckle at a limerick, join Stan at the sink to do the dishes or contemplate a historic, geologic or geographic roadside sign. Gary will be with you.

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Doug Allan
   Posted Sun March 10, 2019
Lynn, Sounds like Gary had a long and interesting life and that is reason for celebration along with the grief. I have thought of you two over the years when I remember you left me as chairman of Religious Emphasis Week. My co chairman and I sat down to those memories a few years ago. I have remained an active alumni of Sigma Chi and at homecoming we shared news of any who were not there and Gary came up as part of many of those discussions. The obituary has gone out to lots of the brothers from out time and you will be in the thoughts of those you knew. Doug Allan

James & Anita Gilman
   Posted Sat March 16, 2019
Anita and I were saddened by the news of Gary's passing. We wish we could have been at today's service. We are in the process of moving back to Montana but we are currently still in Colorado. Gary's obituary was a very nice celebration of his full life. We were honored to have known him. Now that we will be back in Montana we will ".. walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, sprinkle huckleberries on our ice cream, and chuckle at limericks ..." and be reminded of Gary as we do that. Please know our thoughts and best wishes are with you. James.

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