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Garry Dean Steinley
August 6, 1945 - June 23, 2024

Place of Birth: Sidney, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 78

It is with deep sorrow and profound love that we announce the passing of Garry Dean Steinley, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, who was called to his eternal home on June 23, 2024, at the age of 78.

Garry was born on August 6, 1945, to William and O’Linda (Lorenz) Steinley in Sidney, MT. This was the same day the Hiroshima atomic bombings took place, and his father joked that this was what finally shook him loose. He spent his childhood growing up in both the Fairview and Sidney areas. According to many stories, his favorite pastime was to drive his mother crazy and cause his father to scold him, but sometimes there was a wink to follow. Not quite finishing high school, Garry left during his junior year and went to work as a hired hand. In August of 1962, he enlisted in the National Guard with two of his partners in crime, Harold Schlothauer and Jim Bieber. His shooting skills were put to good use, and he was listed as a qualified sharpshooter with Rifle M1 and Carbine M1, but his primary job was driving truck. He was discharged in May of 1966. Shortly after his return, he met the love of his life, Janet Ochsner. After a whirlwind courtship of only five months, they were married at the Ebenezer Congregational Church on November 5, 1966. They settled in the apartment that Jan had in Sidney for a few short months until moving to the Fairview area where they lived and farmed until they moved to their very own farm in 1977, located by Richland Park. During these years, Garry spent many long days farming, raising sugar beets, corn, many different grain crops, cattle, and driving truck to fill in when times were lean.

Garry was always very civic-minded. He was involved with Jaycee’s, Sidney Moose Lodge 856, Sidney Elks Lodge BPOE 1782, and he was a founding member of the Cedar Creek Grazing Association located in Glendive. He served on the Montana Dakota Beet Growers Association numerous times over the years, as well as selling Dekalb corn and alfalfa seed. Garry was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Church in Sidney, MT. It was in recent years during his ongoing health issues that caused him to spend a long spell in the hospital and nursing home, that Pastor David became a faithful visitor. They shared many discussions that deepened Garry's faith, which he cherished.

A man with strong convictions and a heart full of grace, Garry was also known for his outspoken nature. He never hesitated to voice his thoughts and stand up for what he believed in, whether it was supporting his fellow farmers, teaching his children a valuable lesson, or engaging in spirited discussions with the locals over coffee at the Depot. His words were always guided by a deep sense of pride, and a sprinkle of sarcasm and humor.

Garry's love for his family was unparalleled. Growing up as an only child, all he ever wanted was a big family. He was a devoted husband to Jan, his wife of 57 years, whose unwavering support and love were the bedrock of his life. Together, they raised three children, Tamara, Dean, and Todd, instilling in them the same values of faith, hard work, integrity, and compassion that defined Garry himself. He was a proud grandfather to seven grandchildren, who were the light of his life and brought him endless joy. Garry was known to demand a kiss on the cheek from each of them anytime they should visit, and they all know that the basement doors had better not be slammed no matter how much fun was happening. Garry was also blessed with great-grandsons whom he enjoyed visiting with on FaceTime and brought him so much joy.

Garry is survived by his wife, Jan; his children, Tamara (Larry) Crowder, Dean (Christie) Steinley, and Todd (Jennifer) Steinley; his grandchildren Kody (Jessica) Boyer, Allie (Cy) Williams, Ella (Connor) Crowder, Danielle (James) Steinley, Mattie (Scott) Sarver, Bill Steinley, and Jacob Crowder; his great-grandchildren Cru & Colt Williams and Logan & Everett Sarver; special daughter Sherri Hardy and her daughters – Kaitlyn and Hannah; in-laws Gary & Diana Ochsner, Sue & Larry Caddell, and Darlene Ochsner; as well as his niece and nephews, cousins, and friends. Garry was welcomed into his eternal rest by his loving parents, many dear family members and friends, and is dancing with his special granddaughter Alyx.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Garry's name to the Foundation for Community Care or a charity of one's choice.

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frank dahl (billings, mt.)
Jun 24, 2024
Dear Jan and Family; Gary was a favorite of mine and he will be sorely missed by many. May god watch over the Stleinley Family. Frank Dahl
DeLon Murschel (Sidney)
Jun 24, 2024
So sorry to hear of Garry's passing. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends.
Ken and Emily Hoff (Sidney)
Jun 24, 2024
Jan and family, sincere sympathy for the loss of Garry. We have waved at him so many times as he passed our place. I remember him and his conversations we had when I was still working at the grocery store. He will be missed by many, sending hugs and prayers for all.
Thomas Miller Sr (Rapid City, SD)
Jun 25, 2024
Gary Rest in peace I always remember your robust laugh both in grade school at East side School & FHS Good by my fellow farmer friend
Stuart & Lena Neer
Jun 25, 2024
Jan & family, we are so sorry to hear about Garry. Garry always had time for a visit. He was great fun to listen to. Garry will be missed by so many. Prayers for you and your family.
Ruth Bartholomew (Ofallon, MO)
Jun 25, 2024
Prayers and hugs.
Jim Boyer & Caroline Clemans (Polson, Montana)
Jun 25, 2024
To the Steinley Family
So sorry to hear of Garry's passing, what a wonderful person always had had time to chat about the good times in life. He will always be remembered as a special person, prayers to the family.
Darlene klein (Laurel , Mt )
Jun 25, 2024
So sorry about Garry, he will truly be missed. Love and prayers for all.
Diahn Ruffatto (Sidney, MT)
Jun 26, 2024
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Garry. I enjoyed chatting with him & he was a good friend to Dad, which made my heart happy. May peace be with all of you in this difficult time. Keep your memories close. Prayers for you all.
Lin and Jim Noble (Casa Grande, Arizona)
Jun 26, 2024
We were saddened to read of Garry's passing. So many memories of our years in Jaycees. Garry was a larger than life guy - he always had a smile, a laugh, and a story to tell. May God's love comfort your family.
Mandy Kutzler (Sidney, MT)
Jun 26, 2024
Jan and Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We sure enjoyed visiting Garry at church or the store - he always had a good story to tell! Whenever the stories involved his children or his grandchildren you could feel how proud he was of all of them. May all your memories guide you through the tough days ahead. Thinking of you and sending prayers for comfort and peace. Loren and Mandy Kutzler
Amanda Wilson (Rosaaen) (Mandan, ND)
Jun 27, 2024
So sorry to hear about Garry's passing. He always had a smile when he came to coffee at the Depot or would stop into Niehenke.
Bill & Marsha Buckley (Fairview, MT)
Jun 27, 2024
One thing I learned about Gary from the 1st time I met him he was a straight shooter, he told u what he thought and u took it from there, he was one of the best guys to have as a friend. He lives to scare the daylights out of me when the oil well was drilled below the house.
RIP my friend
Lisa Holst (Baldwin, ND)
Jun 27, 2024
Dear Jan, I haven't seen you in years but remember fondly of the years working at Community Memorial with you in the insurance dept., you always spoke so highly of Garry and the kids, can't believe it has been that long. Just wanted to extend my sincerest sympathy to you and all of Garry's family and friends, keep all the good memories close and have comfort knowing that he is with Jesus. A big hug to you and God Bless. Sincerely, Lisa Holst
Joe Dennis Wick (Wausau, WI)
Jun 28, 2024
Many memories of the Richland county fair and 4H with Todd and I involving our parents. Garry was always there to lend a helping hand. Garry, you will be missed!
David Daines, MD (Billings , Montana )
Jun 30, 2024
Dear Garry, rest in peace my friend. You will always be my favorite “hunting guide”. We had many great experiences hunting pheasants in the fall. PS, be sure and tell St. Peter your story about the whiskey bottle in the wall tent. You will be missed but not forgotten. Dr. David
Tom Carlsen (Spearfish, SD)
Jul 1, 2024
Jan, You and Gary were so kind to my folks, Dean and Mattie. They enjoyed you so much. Mom always enjoyed Gary. I think he teased Mom and for some reason she enjoyed that. Mom was always so reserved and he could get away with it. Thanks again for your kindness. Tom Carlsen
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