PLAINS – Gary was born Jan. 14, 1938, in Box Elder to Arden and Kathleen Flansburg. He passed away due to prostate cancer Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his home with family by his side.
Gary had various jobs during his life, including farming, mechanic and logging. The past 17 years he delivered Meal on Wheels.
He enjoyed reading western novels, especially Louis L’amour, watching western movies, playing his guitar and visiting with friends and family. He loved phone calls from family. He enjoyed telling jokes, drinking coffee with friends and playing pinochle.
Preceding Gary in death were his parents; sister, Bessie Taylor; brother, Leeman Flansburg; brother-in-law, Chris Hansen; stepson, Dick Von Olnhausen; and half brothers, Daniel Flansburg, Cal Frazier and Stacy Frazier.
Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Stella Gibson Flansburg; children, Kimberly Archambeau of Kalispell, Tina Flansburg of Spokane, Gary (Helen) Knutson of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Gary Flansburg Jr. of Richland, Wash., Freddie (Peggy) Flansburg of Kalispell and Kelly Larson of Billings; stepdaughter, Edie (Gary) Nelson of Harrison; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, especially his nephew Michael (Diane) Flansburg of Post Falls, Idaho; half siblings, Deborah (Billy) Decelles, Sheila (Albert) Snell, Jeannie (James) Madril, Nedra (Buddy) Horn, Julie (Chuck) Lamebull, Audrey (Roy) Brown, Jim (Terri) Flansburg, Laurie Johnson, Arden (Wendy) Flansburg and Lloyd Flansburg; brother-in-law, Chuck Taylor; and sister-in-law, Linda Flansburg. Special thank you to Laura Lanfear and Debbie Paterakis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Prostate Cancer of Sanders County in Thompson Falls, Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department or Hospice of Sanders County.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hot Springs. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sunset Hills Funeral Homes, Plains and Thompson Falls.
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