MADISON - Gary R.
Gaard, passed away at his home on February 24 at the age of 72, after a
year long battle with Melanoma. He was born on August 2, 1941 in Eau
Claire, the son of Doris and Melvin Gaard. Gary graduated from the UW
River Falls in 1963 with a degree in Agriculture. He married Sally
Brunstad and they moved to Madison where he began his career at The U.W.
in the Plant Pathology Department.
Gary enjoyed spending time with his family at their cottage on Pine Lake,
where he taught his grandchildren to fish and enjoy the outdoors. He spent
many seasons hunting and ice-fishing with his dear friend Emmitt and
nephew Dan. He cherished his annual trips to Colorado where he spent time
with his grandchildren and went to elk camp in the mountains. Gary was a
member of the U.W. faculty bowling league and spent summers gardening. One
of his greatest joys was to build and maintain bluebird houses on several
golf courses and parks in the Madison area. He was always willing to share
his bluebird passion with others.
After his retirement, Gary worked part time at the University Ridge as a
Naturalist. He enjoyed restoring the natural wild prairie flowers and
grasses, building fences, clearing unwanted brush, and promoting wildlife.
Gary and Sally began taking annual mission trips in 1990 with Volunteers
in Mission. Their work took them to beautiful places such as Kenya,
Trinidad, Dominica and Hawaii.
Gary was very involved at Bethany United Methodist Church and received
unending support from his church family. Gary will be remembered for his
love of nature, kind heartedness and willingness to help others.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sally; his daughters, Jennifer
(Tom) Goulette and Stephanie (Rick) Hoselton; grandchildren, Danielle,
Matthew, Darren, Dillon and Lacey; sisters, Shirley (Dan) Bullis, and
Marlys Lund; many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends as well as his
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 4, at Bethany
United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Pt. Rd., Madison, with Pastor Greg
Jewison presiding. A memorial visitation will be held at the church from
9:30 am until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Bethany United Methodist Church,
Wis/VIM (Volunteers In Mission) or the charity of donor's choice would be