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Gary Raymond Haptonstall

Gary Raymond Haptonstall was born February 06, 1944, to parents Mike and Bille in Deer Lodge, Montana; he joined a big-sister, Roberta.

Gary graduated from Drummond High School in 1962, and after a year of college, he went to work for Comico Mine. In October 1965, he joined the Marine Corps, and served for four years, including a year spent in Vietnam.

He married Sharon Struna in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on July 3, 1967, three days before leaving for ‘Nam. Upon his return, he was stationed in Yuma, Arizona. After being discharged, the couple moved to Everett, Washington, where he went to work for Boeing. When Boeing downsized, Gary went back to this first-love, “mining.” He spent almost his entire life underground, until he went into construction. Gary’s last job was being in charge of the Wheeler Gulch road and tunnel project, an accomplishment he was very proud of.

Gary is survived by: his wife, Sharon, his daughter, Nicola (Lance) Johnson, his granddaughters, Kellsey and Kindall, his grandsons, Patrick and Nicholas, and his sister, Judy (Rick) Seeman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, his sister, Roberta, and his son, Philip.

Gary enjoyed spending time in Montana, hunting, ice-fishing, camping, and selling apples.

A Memorial get-together will occur this Friday, September 12, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse.

Services are entrusted to Palisade Funeral Home of Palisade, Colorado.


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