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Gary Dean Hershley, of Monticello, MN passed away peacefully at home on January 6th, 2024 surrounded by his loving family.

Gary was born on June 5th, 1947 in Salem, SD to Francis and Ruth (Gapp) Hershley.  Gary lived in Montrose, SD and graduated in 1966.  After graduating from Montrose High School, Gary joined the Army where he served in Vietnam from 1968-1969, earning several medals for valor and heroic actions in combat including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.  Shortly after his return from Vietnam he met Pat Schneider in Devils Lake, ND and they were married in June of 1970. Gary went on to have a long career in the telephone industry, relocating many times, while raising their two amazing children, Wendy and Wade.  Gary retired in 2002 and moved from Troy, MO to his current home in Monticello, MN to be close to his children and grandchildren.  Gary and Pat spent their retirement years traveling, golfing, enjoying friends, and doing what they did best, taking care of their family. In 2023 they were blessed to celebrate 53 years of marriage.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Pat, daughter Wendy (Ron) Martin, son Wade (Kara) Hershley; grandchildren Rachel Martin, Riauna Martin, Rileigh Martin, Maxwell Hershley, Lily Hershley, & Samuel Hershley; brother Francis (Alice) Hershley, Alan (Peggy) Hershley; and many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, brother John R. Hershley and sister Sandy James.

Gary will be remembered as a fiercely loyal husband, father, grandfather, and friend with a great sense of humor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Church of St. Albert – 11400 57th St NE, Albertville MN at 11:00 AM Monday, January 15th with a visitation one hour prior at 10:00 AM.  Interment with Military Honors will follow the funeral at St. Albert’s Cemetery.

15 Guestbook Entries

  1. joseph ramola

    sending prayers

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  2. Brad Kirchner

    Wade and Family, I’m praying for you all at this difficult time. From my discussions with Wade, Gary was an amazing person, and I can tell your family is very close and this is a very hard loss. Be comforted that Gary is out of pain and now whole again and know that faith shows us this is not goodbye but until we meet again. Prayers for God’s healing for all of you and may God bless Gary on his journey home.

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  3. Larry Harris

    Prayers for the Hershley family. I was in Vietnam with Gary where we both carried the radios for the company commander. He was a great friend and comrade. Spent many months together. So sorry to hear about his passing.

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  4. Dean

    Hayley and I send our deepest condolences. Gary had such a wonderful sense of humor and great personality. I really admired how much Gary loved his wife and family. We enjoyed spending time with Gary and Pat in Arizona. Gary ( the sheriff) as I called him you will be missed very much. Go cowboys! That’s the only Time I will ever say that just for you Gary.

    Love Hayley and Dean

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  5. Chuck Mehlbrech

    Gary is such a friendly man. He always had a smile whenever we were together ! Got bless Pad and family!!

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  6. Len and Lori Marinos

    Dear Pat and family,

    We grieve with you all. We loved Gary. He was a genuine, kind and caring man. We loved his humour. We loved playing cards with him. We looked forward to spring and fall every year, when we would meet up in Arizona.

    We loved talking politics with him. He was fiery, yet so loveable. And he loved his Canadian whiskey we would share together with him during our visits! 🇨🇦

    We too will miss Gary. A kind soul taken too early. We certainly will never forget him. God has a plan for him and so he leaves to fulfill it.

    Rest in peace, dear friend. 🙏❤️

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  7. HELEN C CORKRAN

    Pat,

    I am so sorry to hear about Gary. Please know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers.

    Blessings to you and your family
    Helen (Vanderlin) Corkran

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  8. Trish Herwig

    From the moment I stepped into the pool area Gary was the first person to befriend me. He called me the Canadian girl and later Kiddo. Gary was the most amazing man. Pat and his kids and grandkids were the most important to him as well as his friends. He was loyal and kind, and loving, Most days he had a smile on his face and some days if you were lucky you caught the twinkle in his eye, and a wink and you knew something was up. We always felt safe at the Taos because Gary would make his rounds at night time and you knew everything was secure and you could go to bed peacefully. Gary was the life of a party, Whether he was wearing a sombrero hat dressed for Halloween, playing dice without a shirt in the AZ heat, or the Mexican train with his “brothers” in hand, Gary’s humor, his way of making everyone feel special, emanated from his soul. Markus and I admired Gary for the way he loved Pat, how they were as a couple and their unfailing faith. Markus and I learned so much from them.
    Gary, I will miss you endlessly. You were a treasured and much loved friend. May peace be with you.

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  9. Jim Skalicky

    Pat, Wendy, Wade and family..

    So sorry to hear of your loss of Gary. I have such great memories of all the great times we had around your dining room table in Blooming Prairie. Gary was always the star of any party… as was his old VW named Orville, that he loved to give anyone their own personal thrill ride in. Although our paths have not crossed in many years, I will never forget Gary and admire his immense love of his family, friends and country.

    May peace be with you all.

    Jim Skalicky

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  10. Caryn, Wayne and Samantha Buxengard

    Pat and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We are unable to attend the services but pray for Gods peace for all of you.

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  11. Carol S

    Pat, I am thinking of you and your family and your loss. 53 years is a long time to spend with someone you love ❤️ but not as long as we want. I know you all keep him in your heart and that he will always be there.

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  12. Patricia Wasser

    My sincere condolences to Pat and Wendy and Wade, to all of Gary’s grandchildren and his extended family. I renewed my acquaintance with Gary at various Montrose SD all school reunions. He was so charismatic and charming and his humor had only gotten more delightful with age. He and my brother, Dan, shared a bond of practical jokes and mischief that have withstood the test of time as far as entertaining stories go.
    Again, I am very sorry for your loss and may your memories bring you healing and peace.

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  13. Gary & Wanda

    Pat, Sorry for your loss. Gary and I grew up together and were good friends. Never forget the time I picked Gary and Wade out of all the pedestrians crossing the street in downtown Las Vegas on St. Patrick’s Day. It was Wade’s 21st birthday. All the Good Times we had meeting you through out the years in different locations. Garage sales have never be the same without Gary Dean’s CHURCH DISCOUNT!

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  14. Jeannie Schwartz

    Pat, I met Gary only once at the last reunion so do not have a long history and stories to tell about him as others do but they all paint a picture of a wonderful man who will be greatly missed! I am so sorry to learn of his passing and wish you and your family comfort and peace. What a true blessing to find your life partner. Gary will be with you always.

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  15. Carol Mudd

    Pat, I am so very sorry for your loss. Just heard today and I was so saddened! He was such a nice and fun loving gentleman!

    Hugs,

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