Gary James Meidinger, age 69, of Miles City passed away on December 29, 2019, at Havasu Regional Hospital in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Gary was born in Wishek, North Dakota, on August 2, 1950, to Oscar E. and Amanda C. Meidinger. He attended schools in Terry, Montana, and graduated from Terry High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served active duty in Vietnam from August 2, 1970, to August 3, 1971. He then served in the Reserves until he was honorably discharged.
On September 23, 1972, Gary married LeAnn Hess in Glendive, Montana. They operated Gary’s Market while they started a family. In 1981, they moved to Miles City where he worked for Associated Food Stores. He began working as a salesman at Hardesty Real Estate in 1990, obtained his broker’s license, and became a partner in the business in 1997.
In 2014, Gary retired, and in August 2016 he moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, with his significant other, Sheila Kale.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed playing cards, woodworking, traveling, golfing, watching football, and (maybe most notably) teasing anyone in his path. If you were ever on the receiving end of his slightly warped sense of humor, you most likely have a story or two to tell.
Gary is survived by his daughters, Junita (Jess) Drange and grandson Chase, Tiffany (fiancé Musa Kamara and sons Mohamed and Ismail) Meidinger; significant other, Sheila Kale; brothers Glen Meidinger, Gale (Lana) Meidinger, and Grant Meidinger; sisters Vivian Meidinger, Virginia (Roger) Rock, Vera Seteren, and Vicky Meidinger; as well as numerous nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 35 years, LeAnn Meidinger; and nephew, Richard Seteren, Junior.
Cremation has already taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday January 18, 2020, with burial at 11 a.m. at the Custer County Cemetery, followed by a reception at Range Riders Museum – Memorial Hall. Please join us and take the opportunity to share your stories and get in those last jabs at Dad. He won’t get the last word this time!
Should friends desire, the family would like donations directed to Erin’s Hope Project in Miles City.