Oct. 28, 1950 – April 20, 2012
Gary G. Thoreson died on April 20, 2012, in Lovell at the age of 61. He was born Oct. 28, 1950, in Great Falls, Mont. He was the son of Glen and Lola Knuth Thoreson.
Gary attended school in Great Falls and graduated from Charles M. Russell High School in 1969, where he was an accomplished wrestler and participated in high school rodeo. He went on to attend college at Northwest Community College in Powell and Northern Wyoming Community College in Sheridan, where he continued his rodeo career in steer wrestling and roping.
He went on to become a journeyman ironworker and had a love for building barns. He always had a love of the outdoors and the cowboy lifestyle. He rodeoed, worked for an outfitter in Wyoming and loved to hunt.
Gary married Cindy Perryman on Dec. 8, 1993, and they raised, trained and sold many horses and explored every avenue of the horse industry. In 1999 they moved to Coeur’d Alene, Idaho, where Gary was an auctioneer and livestock auction owner. He went on to manage another sale barn in Yelm, Wash., and built it into one of the largest and best monthly horse sales in the Northwest. He traveled many miles as a horse transporter and was well known wherever he went.
In 2007 he came back to Wyoming, a place he truly loved. He then started a tack and feed store and enjoyed riding and raising his mules and following his sons in their rodeo careers. He also enjoyed helping the local 4-H and rodeo kids.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Thoreson of Lovell; one daughter, Lisa Thoreson of Centralia; two sons and their fiancées, Cole Thoreson and Gabrielle Miller of Lovell and Augustus (Gus) Thoreson and Stephanie Stewart of Lovell; his mother, Lola Thoreson of Great Falls and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Debra and Ron Peace of Fairfield, Mont. and Kris and Paul Majerus of Havre, Mont. He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Thoreson.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held on May 19 at 2 p.m. at the Lovell Bible Church.
Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.haskellfuneralhome.com.