After a lengthy illness, Gary D. Tieszen, 74, of Billings passed away on May 16, 2019.
Gary was born to Nettie and Bernard Tieszen in the farming community of Marion, South Dakota, on July 11, 1944. He was the youngest of five children. He moved to Roundup after graduating with a barber license. Gary moved to Billings after meeting and marrying his wife Bev. They remained married for the next 54 years. A car accident left him unable of working as a barber, so he switched careers and became a candy salesman. He worked for Service Candy Co. for the next 42 years, becoming affectionately known as “the candy man.” He and Bev completed a family by adding daughter Angie and son, Bryan. He was eventually blessed 5 grand-children and 1 great grand-daughter. Family meant everything to Gary.
One of his greatest joys came from drag racing cars in his younger days and later, owning classic cars. He was a member of the “Roaring 20’s Car Club”, often driving one of his 2 Corvettes or Mustangs in parades and tossing out candy. As a father, he taught both his children to love the outdoors with frequent camping and fishing trips. Additionally, he enjoyed playing cards, barbequing, and tinkering in his garage. Bird-watching, traveling and going out to dinner brought him great joy as well. His beloved dog Emma became his constant companion as his health declined.
Gary was easily likeable and loved by many. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.