Gary Shypkowski

Gary Lee Shypkowski

Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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Gary Lee Shypkowski, 56 of Seeley Lake, passed away on June 4, 2020 at his home.
Gary was born Sept. 12, 1963 in Bowman, North Dakota, to Donald and Ann Shypkowski.
Upon graduating high school in North Dakota, Gary married Brenda Huston (Marquart). After
marriage, they made their way to Montana. In 1988 they had their first child, Eric followed by
twin boys Levi and Luke in 1990. Not long after the twins were born Gary and Brenda returned
to North Dakota where he worked at TMI, a cabinet making business where he was later
diagnosed with COPD from exposure to lung irritants.
In 1994, Gary and Brenda moved the family back to Montana and later divorced.
While working as a Service Manager at Bretz Rv, Gary attended and graduated with honors
from The University of Montana with a degree in electronic communications. It was shortly after
he began his career with the Montana Highway Patrol. In 2009 he was hurt on the job and
medically discharged. Throughout his later years, Gary returned to work at Bretz Rv and also
worked at Paws Up Ranch in Greenough, MT.
Gary’s dog, Specks, was his best companion and he never missed an opportunity to take him
for a walk. Gary was also a very proud grandfather and never missed an opportunity to watch
his grandchildren grow.
Gary loved being able to share his knowledge and passions with everyone around him. He was
a true “jack of all trades”. There was nothing he couldn't fix, no fish he couldn't catch, no deer he
couldn't track, and there was for sure no beaver getting by his trap.
It was through his knowledge and experiences his sons are men they are today.
Gary is survived by his mother, Ann of Dickinson, North Dakota; children: Eric (Brittney) of
Corvallis, Levi (Ashlee) of Stevensville, Luke (Jorden) of Missoula; siblings: Ed (JoEllen) of
Dickinson, North Dakota, Donna (Gery) Fichter of Rapid City, South Dakota; grandchildren:
Kayson, Finley, Rylee, Hadley, Aspen; and many other family and friends.
Gary is preceded in death by his father, Donald.
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    Friday, June 12th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, June 12th, 2020 12:00pm
    Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory
    1705 West Broadway
    MISSOULA, MT 59808
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Thomas Kennedy

Posted at 11:33am
To the family of Gary Shypkowski:

I had the pleasure of knowing Gary and his family when they worked at the Fairway stores in both Dickinson and Belfield. Gary later worked for my Father, Bernie Kennedy, at Kennedy Wholesale.

I will never forget Gary’s love and zest for life, his calm demeanor, ever present smile/smirk, Midwest work ethic and willingness to lend a helping hand. Gary was a great human being and will be sincerely missed.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

Thomas and Melisa Kennedy, Aurora, IL

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