MAUSTON – Gary Magnuson, age 79, of rural Mauston, Wis., died on Aug. 2, 2021, at residence together with his spouse, Sandy, by his facet. There shall be a celebration of life on the AMERICAN LEGION POST 81 in Mauston on Sept. 11, from 1 p.m. to five p.m., with army honors at 1:30 p.m. and meals to observe.
Gary was born in 1941 in Chicago, Unwell., to Bruce and Florence (Samuelson) Magnuson. The household moved to Wisconsin, and at age 17, Gary joined the U.S. Navy. Gary’s stepmom was Staska (Giza) Magnuson.
Gary served 20 years within the Navy. He was a deep sea diver. His distinctive qualities enabled him to turn out to be a grasp diver. He additionally labored as a shipfitter, hull technician, and in harm management. He served in peacetime in addition to within the Vietnam Conflict. He did eight excursions in Vietnam. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism, one of many rarest of all army decorations. It is often known as the non-combat Medal of Honor.
Gary had three youngsters together with his first spouse, Martha (Hutchison), nickname Marty. Their youngsters are Invoice (born in Wyoming), Karen (born in Hawaii) and Cheryl (born in Guam). After the Navy, they settled in Casper, Wyo., and farmed and labored on a ranch. Gary had achieved some bull driving in his day and was additionally very keen on horses. The household moved to Park Rapids, Minn., the place Gary began a farrier enterprise: GM Horseshoeing & Coaching, additionally GM Packsaddlery. He had some veterinary expertise and had a mild contact with horses. Gary and Marty divorced in 1982. Gary hunted within the mountains on horseback. He initiated packsaddle championship races in Dorset, Minn. He farmed and was concerned in ham radio, the place he would use his information of radio know-how.
Gary’s second spouse, Mary Mickelson “Micky,” joined with him within the packhorse championship races, they usually raised their youngsters on this healthful, hardworking, nation cowboy life. Gary gained a daughter, Donna. They survived a devastating home hearth as a household. Gary ruptured a disc in his again and his farrier profession was over. His youngsters had grown and moved out; he purchased a motorbike, and he and Micky parted as buddies.
Gary moved to Mauston, Wis., close to his brothers. He had at all times been inquisitive about tattoos, getting his first one at 14 on the Chicago streets, a lot to his mother and father’ horror. He had plenty of tattoos from abroad whereas within the Navy. So he tried his hand at tattooing and was excellent at it. He began Bodylanguage Tattooing and Piercing. He was the primary licensed store in Juneau County. The well being division used Gary’s store because the “golden commonplace” for all different retailers within the surrounding counties. Roxanne Jokela turned his fixed companion, they usually traveled the U.S. in customized constructed journey trailers: half store, half residing quarters. Gary left his mark on folks all throughout the nation. He and Roxanne married in 1997. A tragic motorbike accident took her life in 1999. Instantly, she was gone. Though devastated, Gary did not hand over and continued to journey in his cellular tattoo store. He purchased a brand new motorbike and took on an apprentice, Michael Creech. Roxanne’s 5 youngsters adore Gary, they usually keep in contact nonetheless. They’re Greg Bishop, Arizona, Loni (Bishop) Magnuson, Minnesota (Loni married Gary’s son, Invoice, in 2000), Brett (Rachael) Bishop, Minnesota, Quinn Bishop, Minnesota, and Talia (Bishop) (Chad) Willette, Minnesota.
Gary and Sandy (King) had been smitten with one another from day one. Their first date was June 6, 2001, they usually’ve been inseparable ever since. They traveled collectively within the cellular tattoo trailer, and other people all alongside the way in which knew Gary. It was an thrilling life-style. They married Sept. 11, 2004, at their residence in rural Mauston. Gary arrange store there and bought his cellular tattoo rigs. Gary taught himself bass guitar so he might accompany Sandy in her favourite pastime. They had been singing at residence at some point when a neighborhood bar proprietor stopped to say good day. She employed them to play at her bar, they usually took off from there, enjoying at bars, neighborhood occasions, and home events for 13 years. They referred to as themselves Shitz and Giggles and obtained the identify from that first gig when Gary informed them they had been enjoying only for “shitz and giggles.’
Gary was preceded in loss of life by his brother, Wayne Magnuson, Wisconsin; a sister, Dayle “DeeDee” (Voiles) Adriani, Florida; and spouse, Roxanne (Jokela) Magnuson.
He’s survived by 4 youngsters, Invoice (Loni) Magnuson, Minnesota, Karen (Todd) Strom, Minnesota, Cheryl (Magnuson) Reibel, Colorado, and Donna (Mickelson) (Scott) Quitmeyer, Minnesota; 9 grandchildren, Bode, Riggs, and Tade Magnuson, Brittany (Strom) (Joe) Metzger and Joshua Strom, Anthony and Michael (Elizabeth) Quitmeyer, and Taylor and Bryson Reibel; one brother, Keith Magnuson, Wisconsin; two sisters, Gayle Voiles, Florida, and Suzanne Magnuson, Wisconsin; nephews, nieces and cousins; and his loving spouse, Sandy, Wisconsin.
Gary was ingenious, resourceful and enthusiastic in all his endeavors. He would work tirelessly towards a aim, and his willpower and stamina helped all to succeed. He was SO enjoyable to be round and at all times had that “I really like life” smile on his face. He was adored by his youngsters. He was a member of many organizations, together with the ASR-ARS Affiliation (Navy reunions), the Dorset Enterprise Affiliation, Minnesota, and the Elks Membership, to call a couple of. He was an energetic member within the Mauston American Legion Publish 81 and the Juneau County 40 et 8 Veteran’s group.
Gary was nicely favored, nicely revered, a lot beloved and shall be tremendously missed.
Revealed by WiscNews.com on Sep. 2, 2021.