Gary Marion Waples was born in Forsyth, MT on September 17th, 1947. He attended Colstrip public schools for twelve years. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1971. He then moved to Ashland to care for his father, mother and sister.
Gary our brother, uncle, cousin, friend lived life on his own terms and that is how he left it, May 18TH, 2021.
His immense love for the 4th of July became a family and community tradition.
Gary enjoyed the outdoors especially time at the Tongue River Dam boating, fishing and camping with family and friends. There was nobody that didn’t know Gary. He worked for Petrolane delivery bulk fuel and got to know many locals. He had a vast knowledge of Colstrip history and could chat for hours.
Surviving siblings include: Donald Wayne Waples of the Rosebud Creek, Burnett Weston Waples of Missoula, Joan Mae Keller of Hardin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Alice Waples, his sisters, Gloria Dee Waples, Elsie Mae Waples, and his brother, Roy William Waples.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude’s and/or Ronald McDonald house in Gary’s name.