Gary Anderson, 50, of Havre, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at his home in Havre.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at the Fifth Avenue Christian Church in Havre with Rowlie Hutton officiating. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the church immediately after the service. Cremation has taken place and burial will be scheduled for a later date. Gary was born June 25, 1957, in Great Falls, Mont. He was raised and educated in Great Falls graduating from CMRussell High School in 1975. Shortly thereafter he became employed by the BNSF Railway as a brakeman, years later a conductor and at the time of his death Gary was a Locomotive Engineer. He worked a total of 33 years for the BNSF Railway. Because of his never ending concern for his fellow co-workers he became involved in the Safety Committee. Gary was also on the BLE Union committee. Aug. 31, 1985, Gary and Charleen Jones were married. During their marriage they had two sons, Tyson and Seth. Gary’s family was his life. He took a lot of pride in being the best father and husband he could be. It was his love for kids that lead him to participate quite actively in many local sports in Havre. Gary coached hockey and baseball and he umpired baseball. He was also well-known as the Head Referee in Havre for Hockey and also the Montana Head Referee for Hockey. Gary enjoyed hunting in the Little Belts and the Highwoods with his family and friends. He also liked fly fishing, and tying his own flies. He always looked forward to a good game of golf. And he really enjoyed cooking, often considering himself a gourmet cook. The love he had for pets was incredible, especially his two dogs Harley and Ripper. Gary is survived by his wife of 22 years, Charleen (Charlie) of Havre; three sons Andy of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tyson and Seth both of Havre; parents Harvey (Dee) Anderson of Yuma, Ariz. And Ella Anderson of Great Falls, Mont.; brother Bruce (Karin) Anderson and sister Vicki (John) Holgerson; mother-inlaw Clarice Jones; brothersin- law Brian Jones, Brad (Merry) Jones, Calvin (Linda) Jones; sisters-in-law Myrna (Babe) Morse, Lorrie (Joe) Piccard; one grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in Gary’s honor may be made to the Havre Babe Ruth Baseball or Bear Paw Bowmen. Services and arrangements are by Gary’s family & friends.