The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

Gary Allen Geyer

 

February 17, 2021

Gary Allen Geyer, 80, passed away on February 6, 2021 due to natural causes. Please visit his online memorial page at http://www.bentonfh.com to leave a message of condolence for his family.

Gary was born on July 11, 1940 in Havre, Montana to Delvene (Corky) Courtnage Geyer and Ernest Geyer. He lived his entire life in big Sandy, Montana. His love for the land and for farming began at a young age. Gary started farming for his grandfather, Grant Courtnage, when he was 11 years old, driving tractor on Grant's place near what is now Glen Braun's place. When he was a senior in high school, he bought a combine and started custom combining for area farmers.

During that time, he met the love of his life, Sharon Iris Peterson. They dated through high school and were married August 28, 1960. They had three girls; Kim, Kari, and Kathi. After their second daughter was born, they purchased a farm from his dad, Ernie Geyer. Gary and Sharon farmed and ran cattle there for many years. He and his grandson, Keith, farm this homestead still today.

In addition to farming, Gary loved all things outdoors. He dearly loved his hunting and fishing trips with Leo George, Caesar, Glennie, Gary D, Duke, Loren, Sterrett, Hayward and Wally; and enjoyed telling tales about their adventures until the day he passed. Taking his grandson, Keith, on fishing trips to Twin Lakes was also a favorite outing. Gary loved riding motorcycles, four-wheelers, and snowmobiles; basically, anything with a fast motor. He especially enjoyed going on Rusty's motorcycle trips, with his friends and his daughter, Kari, who shares his love of motorcycling. Gary was a pilot for 57 years and loved flying with his friends and family in his Super Cub.

Every year, Gary took his family to Lake Blaine, and then Lake 5, for a week of boating, swimming and water skiing. Gary shared his love for the outdoors with his three girls, teaching them all to hunt, fish, ride motorcycles, as well as work hard, drive and care for all the equipment required for farming and ranching. He especially loved their quick trips hunting gophers in the coulee.

Gary continued to share his love of the outdoors as the grandchildren came along. He loved spending time with them; whether teaching them to fish or teaching them to drive. It was not uncommon to see him on the couch covered in grandchildren, reading a story to them, or on his hands and knees giving them pony rides.

With all of his activities, it was interesting that his favorite dogs were Pekingese. It was not uncommon to see Gary with Pitter resting on his arm looking out the window of his pickup as he drove to check the fields. He loved the land. He took great pride in being a good steward of the land, and always loved seeing the new shoots pop through the ground after seeding.

Gary is survived by Sharon, his wife of 60 years; two brothers: Jack and Larry; his daughters: Kim, Kari, and Kathi; and 5 grandchildren: Tessa, Miranda, Morgan, Keith, and Alia. His friendship, advice, humor, and tall tales will be missed by all those who knew him.

No services will be held at this time. His ashes will be spread at the family farm at a later date.

 
 

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