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“Dear Carol and family, I was so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Barbara Searle - Sheridan, WY

“Carol & family I was very sorry to hear about Gary. I always liked him. At least he will not be in pain, but he will be missed. Deirdre Caughlan ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Deirdre Caughlan - Butte, MT

“Carol, Cory, Tory and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love and best wishes! ~ JoEllen ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: JoEllen Roesti - Concord, CA

“Hang in there guys - it will get better. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Your Main Man & Sassafras

“Carol,Cory,Troy and families. We are in complete shock. Don't know what to say except please accept our prayers and sympathy. Will see you...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Roger Oren - Butte, MT


Gary Hanninen passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday April 1, 2012 in Missoula. Gary was born and raised in Butte and grew up on the well-known 'east side'. He was born February 14, 1948 to Sally and Morris Hanninen. He attended the Grant Elementary School and Butte High School. In 1968 Gary joined the National Guard and served proudly for 6 years. He married his wife Carol (Ryan) in 1969 and together they raised two sons, Cory and Troy of which he was extremely proud. He was a loving, devoted family man to his wife and family throughout his life. Gary worked for the Anaconda Company at the Berkley Pit until the shutdown in 1981. In 1982, he became an officer with the Butte Silver Bow Police Department and served until injury forced him to retire in 1996. At that time Gary & Carol moved to Idaho for several years, sometime later - they returned to Montana and settled in Missoula near their sons & families. Gary loved the outdoors and especially the mountains of Montana. He enjoyed many years of camping and outdoor functions with family and friends; he had a special love of prospecting and could be gone into the hills for hours at a time. He also enjoyed softball, bowling, travel and coaching baseball / basketball when his boys were young; he traveled with them and was involved in every game or tournament. He often commented that he didn't get to Europe, but he has seen every bowling alley and baseball field in the Northwest. He was a good and loyal friend to many and it was hard to find someone he didn't like. A special 'corny' enjoyment was always a good ole' John Wayne movie – he always was ready for one of those and a tub of popcorn. He spent many years at his summer home on Canyon Ferry and later at Flathead Lake, if the sun was out, he would always be ready to go………. Gary is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol (Ryan), son Cory (Dawn Bjorklund) Hanninen, son Troy (Tina Langley) Hanninen, his only grandson and his pride & joy Steven Ryan Hanninen and two very beautiful granddaughters, Angelina and Alyssa Hanninen. Gary always was the first to say how God has blessed him with this family and how thankful he was. He was proceeded in death by both parents (Morris & Sally Hanninen) parents-in-laws (Steve & Audrey Ryan). He is also survived by brother - Larry (Tammy) Hanninen of Butte, sisters – Carol (Bill) Ray of Winnemucca, NV, Linda (Chum) Roesti of St. George, UT and Karen (Dallas) Cox of Helena. Brother-in-law Rick (Maria) Ryan of Butte, sister-in-law, Jody (Tony) Craft of Arvada, CO. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and of course, his pal Ripper. Special acknowledgement to his lifelong friend Rob (Cathy) Datres and Mike (Kami) Johnson, who have been with Gary throughout the good, the bad and the ugly. He was always thankful for their friendship, caring and support. Gary is now at peace with the Lord and for the first time in many years, he is without pain. We will miss him dearly and never forget him and his kindness. Gary's remains have been cremated; a memorial service is planned at Wayrynen Funeral Home in Butte, MT. The service will be conducted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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