Gary LeRoy Bye, age 78, of Dassel, died Sunday, July 28, 2019, at his home.
There will be a memorial service Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with Pastor Laurie O’Shea officiating.
A time to gather will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.
Gary was born Oct. 19, 1940, in Chisholm, the son of Carl A. and Lulu June (Moehn) Bye. He grew up in the Hibbing area, where he was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.
Gary was united in marriage to Darlene Buchwitz Oct. 28, 1960, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hibbing. The couple made their home in the Minneapolis area, moving to Hibbing in 1963.
Gary and Darlene moved to Dassel in 1982, where they have since made their home. Together, they raised three sons.
Gary enjoyed spending time hunting, camping and fishing. He had traveled several times to Canada to go fishing and camping, and also to the Gulf of Mexico to go deep-sea fishing. He loved to spend time with his family for special holidays and events.
Gary was one of the first to lend a helping hand when his family needed help with chores or a hand in any way possible. He could often be found having coffee with his friends or spending time watching people. A talented woodworker, Gary spent many hours finishing projects for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Bye of Dassel; children, Gary “Putz” (Tina) Bye Jr. of Hibbing, Jeffrey (Lynette) Bye of Cokato, and Kevin Bye of Dassel; six grandchildren, Justin Bye, Kayla Bye, Corey Bye, Kris Bye, Nickolaus Bye, and Mercedez Bye; and two great-grandchildren, Leland Bye and Nikolai Bye.
Gary is also survived by four siblings, Richard (Donna) Bye of Otsego, Kenneth Bye of Hibbing, Theodore (Becky) Bye of Savage, and June Bye of Du-luth; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by a son, Craig Bye; his parents, Carl and Lulu June Bye; and two brothers, Carl Bye Jr. and Clarence “Butch” Bye.