Gary Alan Bleyenberg was born to Arthur and Carrie Bleyenberg on April 5, 1957, in Pipestone, Minnesota.
Gary passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2022, after fighting a long battle with cancer, and a final battle against Covid-19 and Pneumonia. He was 64 years old.
He attended grade school at the Free Christian School and later attended the Edgerton Public High School. After graduating he lived on the family farm with his parents. When Art and Carrie moved to town, he remained on the family farm until his very last days.
Gary was a member of the Protestant Reform Church in Edgerton.
He worked for Hanson Silo, milked dairy cows, and raised hogs. He logged many hours in the truck hauling hay and cattle with his brothers. Gary also raised elk, horses, and turkeys. In his spare time, he enjoyed shooting pool and hunting deer and bear.
Gary was a loving father and grandfather. Spending time with his children hunting and going for rides around the section brought him great joy. He also enjoyed taking special trips with his family to the Black Hills and Grand Marias. His children kept him pushing on the most – they were his anchors; and he was their rock. A new light twinkled in his eye when his granddaughters were born. He always had a silly voice to welcome them and a special treat in his pocket or next to his chair for them.
Gary is lovingly remembered by his five children, Sheri Platt of Reading; John (Allison) Bleyenberg of Madison S.D.; Joey Bleyenberg of Brookings, S.D., Billy Bleyenberg of Jasper; and Tommie Bleyenberg of Edgerton; and six grand children: MacKenzie, Kiley, Catalina, Caraline, Charlotte, and Harlie.
He is survived by: Arvin (Rose) Bleyenberg of Jenison Mich.; Bill (Jeanette) Bleyenberg of Edgerton; Betty Ann (Alvin) Bleyenberg of Sioux Center, Iowa; Carla Kane of Sioux Falls. S.D., James (Gloria) Bleyenberg of Edgerton; Bob ( Martha) Bleyenberg of Lake Wilson; Arthur, Jr., (Mary) Bleyenberg of Hull, Iowa; brother-in-law Harold Steenstra of Pipestone, and sisters in-laws Charlotte Bleyenberg of Edgerton, and Elaine Bleyenberg of Luverne; and many other family members and important friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Arnold Bleyenberg and Eugene Bleyenberg, and sister Ethel Steenstra; brother in-law Larry Kane.