Gaylord Ellis Huckins died of cancer on July 1, 2010, at Park Haven Retirement Community in Manhattan.
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He was born on Jan. 12, 1930, on a ranch outside of Broadus near the Powder River, a son of William McKinley Huckins and Mary Drayton Ellis.
Gaylord served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was stationed at Fort Scott, San Francisco, Calif., and in Alaska. Gaylord was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 87 in Manhattan.
He worked for the Montana state highway department with the surveyor crew for 30 years. Gaylord and his wife, Gertrude, traveled all over southwest Montana while he worked for the highway. They lived many years in Whitehall before and after he retired, and in 1989 they moved to Manhattan. In October 2006, they moved to Park Haven Retirement Community.
Gaylord was a very caring and giving person to his family and friends with great generosity. He was loved in return and admired by his family. Gaylord loved his garden, to eat out, and take rides to see animals around the valley.
Gaylord married Gertrude Lorain Miller Rogers on March 8, 1958, in Bozeman, and they were married 49 years until her death in 2007. His parents, William and Mary; brothers, Warren and Ben Huckins; and stepson, Jerry Rogers also preceded him in death.
He is survived by two brothers, Claude (Carol) Huckins of Butte and Sidney (Elaine) Huckins of Townsend; sister, Betty (Earl) Quast of Texas; stepson, Jack (Karen) Rogers of Belgrade; brother-in-law, Robert (Betty) Miller of San Jose, Calif.; four step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
No funeral services are planned. Cremation and ashes interment by Dahl Funeral Chapel will be in Dry Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Shodair Children's Hospital, 840 Helena Ave., Helena, MT 59601.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 11, 2010