Gary Wayne Healy went to the spirit in the sky, peacefully on April 12, 2014, at 57. Born Oct. 4, 1956, in Fairbanks, he was raised up and down the highway between Healy Lake and Tok, and spent a majority of his life in Fairbanks. |
Gary graduated from Lathrop High School in May 1974. He married his lifetime love, Mary, in October 1974. Gary and Mary had an amazing, fulfilling life together. They raised four beautiful children, Minnie, Gary Jr., Bethany and Buck. Gary trapped for many years along the Elliott Highway, back in the '70s and '80s with his trapping and hunting partner, Don. He loved to be out with his family, camping, fishing and hunting.
Even though he liked to fish, he always said he got more enjoyment watching Mary fish. He loved to watch his children, Bethany and Buck play hockey, very seldom missing a game. Hockey took him on many adventures around the states and Canada. He also enjoyed watching his son, Gary Jr. "Dub's," and daughters, Minnie and Bethany learn karate, and traveled to Las Vegas and San Diego for tournaments and World Championships.
He was a very proud father and grandfather. Although a quiet man, when he spoke, everyone listened. Gary worked for 32 years at the University of Alaska power plant, where he retired in July of 2006. After retiring, Gary and Mary spent the next few summers building a new cabin at Healy Lake, as a joint adventure with his eldest son, Gary Jr.; his wife, Jewels, and grandchildren, Alissa and Kayanna.
He stood on the porch of the new cabin last summer and just said "Oh, how I love this place." The first few winters after retiring, they traveled around watching his son, Buck play junior hockey all over Oregon, Washington, Montana, and even made it to Grand Rapids for nationals. He loved the game of hockey and barely ever missed a game on TV (a true Red Wings fan).
Gary is preceded by his mother, Minnie Healy; his brother, Monte Fifer, and step-father, Jerry Fifer. He is survived by his wife, Mary Healy; daughter Minnie, and her children, Ashley, Kaleb and Mia; his son, Gary Jr. "Dub's," his wife, Jewels, and their children, Alissa and Kayanna; daughter, Bethany and husband, Jason; and son, Buck, and wife, Dani; brothers, Ray Fifer and Mike Fifer, and many cousins up and down the river and highway between Fairbanks and Tok (too many to name).
At Gary's request, there will be no service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at the time of the scattering of his ashes. Rest in peace. You will always be in our hearts.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 15, 2014