Gary Lawrence Beck
Gary Lawrence Beck was born on Valentine’s day 1939 in Anaconda and passed away, surrounded by family, on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019, at age 80. He was raised near Warm Springs and graduated from Anaconda High School in 1957. Gary married the former Beverly Clemens in 1964 and the two would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 17th. Gary was employed by the Montana Power Company as a patrolman and gas dispatcher for 32 years, before retiring in 1996. Gary entered the Marine Reserve in 1958, eventually retiring from the Montana Army National Guard after 21 years of military service. Gary was an avid reader and lifelong learner earning a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Montana. He proudly served as a board member for School District #1 in Deer Lodge, and volunteered as an AAU wrestling coach for several years. Gary had an affinity for high performance cars and motorcycles, graduating from racing school and competing in the Sports Car Club of America. A dedicated Democrat passionate about labor, Gary served two terms as a State Representative for Deer Lodge and the surrounding area. Gary loved to talk, especially with someone who he had just met. He could make new friends on nothing more than a three-floor elevator ride.
Gary was proceeded in death by his parents, Larry and Violet as well as his brother Ken Beck. He is survived by his wife Beverly Beck of Missoula, sons Mike (Jeri) Beck of Great Falls, Andy (Erin) Beck of Missoula, daughter Jody Reistad of Deer Lodge, brother Chuck (Donna) Beck of Bozeman, sister in-law Lila Beck of Great Falls, and sister in-law Lynda Munch of Alberton. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Dakotah, Colter, Whest, Drew, Camryn, Karsun, Adam, and Caleb, with a great-grandchild on the way.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula on June 7 at 11 a.m., with reception to follow at Garden City Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers Gary would request that donations be made to the Democratic party.
Gayle ‘George’ Tomlinson
Gayle ‘George’ Tomlinson, 48, Dec. 18, 1970-May 26, 2019.
Services were held Saturday June 1 at the First Baptist Church in Deer Lodge at 10 a.m.
Gayle was born on December 18, 1970 and went to heaven on May 26, 2019. Gayle was born and raised in Deer Lodge, graduating from Powell County High School in 1989. From there she went to college in Bozeman, always a Bobcat fan. Then on to Powell, Wyo. finishing up at Western Montana College in Dillon completing her BA in Ag Science. One of her proudest accomplishments was completing the farrier school in Powell, Wyo. Thus, starting her long career as one of the best farriers in the region. She had a large and long client list, that all became her friends. No one was a stranger. Gayle just didn’t take care of her equine clients, but her huge heart took care of all of her friends. Opening her home, preparing meals, always there to help.
On any given day she and her dogs could be found working hard, which she enjoyed, on the ranch at Jake Creek or her favorite place in the world, the cabin up Gold Creek. Her passion was helping kids, always ready for any project. Her friends were always a priority.
She is survived by her parents, Carol and Jim Tomlinson; her partner, Shane Davis and his son Hunter “The Boy” Davis; Francis and Bob Bradley and family; Ray and Bonnie Soulsby and family; and her many special friends that were all “family.”
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Leslie and David Tomlinson; her favorite grandmother, Helen Tomlinson; grandfather, Harry Tomlinson; and grandmother, Alice Soulsby.
Following the service there was a celebration of Gayle’s life at the Broken Arrow. Memorials can be made to any 4-H organization or any charity of your choice.