Funeral services for Gary Packard, 73-year-old Johnson County resident who passed away the afternoon of Jan. 16 at the Johnson County Healthcare Center, surrounded by his family, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Harness Funeral Home, with Larry Brannian officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 until 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Friday. Interment will be on the Packard Family Ranch, with graveside services to be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 25. Donations in Gary’s memory may be made to the Johnson County Fairgrounds Foundation in care of Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com.
Gary W. Packard was born on Oct. 2, 1946, in Sheridan to Wayne and Muriel Packard. At the age of 2, he and his family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he lived until 1962. His family then moved to Cody, where Gary graduated from Cody High School with the class of 1965. After high school, he guided hunters in the Thorofare outside of Cody. He joined the Wyoming National Guard and served from 1965 until 1970. He was married on May 11, 1968, in Cody to Susan Kalian, and they made their home on the Packard Family Ranch on Crazy Woman in Arvada. Gary and Sue lived, worked and raised their family on the ranch, where he lived until his death.
Gary was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA. In 1963, he traveled to Europe with the Cody FFA. He was also a 4-H leader for the Blue Jeans 4-H Club for over 25 years. He dedicated his life to ranching and was nominated for the Outstanding Rancher Award. Gary was proud and actively served on the Range Telephone Board since 1988.
He is survived by his wife, Sue of Arvada; two sons, Steve Packard and his wife Amy of Arvada and Scott Packard and his wife Kari of Buffalo; one daughter, Stacy Packard of Arvada; 10 grandchildren, Mason, Keely and Hannah Rockafellow; Lacey, Ethan, Miles, Kolby and Brenden Packard; and David and Chrissy Welty; and one great-grandson, Connor Packard. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Wanda Hape and her husband Chester Hape.