Our hero, our Papa, Gary Albert Tryan went to meet his Lord and Savior on September 1, 2020. He is smiling and laughing his signature laugh with family and friends he has joined in heaven including his parents, siblings and daughter-in-law (Connie Lekvold) Tryan.
Gary was born on his father’s birthday, October 5, 1938. He was welcomed by his parents Albert and Winifred; four sisters, Marjorie, Elaine, Corrine, and Mary Lou; two brothers, Billy and Benny; then later by two more sisters, Meredith and Linda.
Gary grew up south of Flaxville on the RY Trail. Later, the family moved into town where he graduated from Flaxville High School in 1957. He joined the Army Reserves his Senior year, shortly before marrying his high school sweetheart, Kay Pederson, on September 13, 1958.
Gary and Kay raised four children on their farm south of Flaxville. Together they instilled a strong work ethic in each of their children; Gary made sure to keep the kids humble by never letting them win a board game. Gary was always there to lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. Over the years he and Kay hosted numerous overseas workers who have remained life-long friends.
In 2001 Gary and Kay moved to Polson for the winters, eventually retiring from farming and moving there permanently in 2008 where once again he cultivated close relationships and gained many new friends in the process.
He lived a full life filled with many hobbies and enjoyed travelling to spend time with his family. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren all loved “their” Papa Gary, looking forward to his every visit.
Gary had a brain stem stroke in June and was working on recovery when he suffered a massive heart attack.
He leaves his wife and soulmate, Kay, of 62 years; 4 children and their spouses: Kim (Brian) Garberg, Cory (Candace), Audrey (Grant) Cundy, Alan (Michael); 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Severson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, two of whom Mickey and Doug Krassin, were like his brothers.
Papa Gary will be greatly missed, but his memory will be cherished forever. We look forward to a celebration of his life, to be scheduled at a later date.