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Gary Edmund Challeen

December 19, 1937 ~ September 5, 2021 (age 83)


Gary Edmund Challeen, age 83, of Hayward, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021.  He was born on December 19, 1937 in Minneapolis, MN the son of Edmund and Marie Challeen.  He was united in marriage to Bunny Nielsen on December 31, 1960 in Minneapolis. 

Gary was very active in sports and a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.   He was a hard worker and a faithful member of the Local 539 Pipefitters Union in Minneapolis.  Upon retirement, Gary and Bunny retired to a lake near Hayward, WI.  He enjoyed cross country skiing, golfing and fishing in his retirement.  Gary was always up for a long ride and exploring the Northwoods.

Gary is survived by his beloved wife, Bunny Challeen; his children, Steve (Ann) Challeen, Julie (Cory) Titus and Lisa Johnson; his grandchildren, Raquel, Chad, Scott, Alexa, Blake, Erik, Jack and Brynn; bonus grandchildren, Erin and Amy; his sister, Mary Lou Anderson; and many dear relative and friends.  

In addition to his parents, Gary is preceded in death by his two brothers, Sheldon and Tim Challeen.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 1:00 until 4:30 P.M. on Friday, September 17th at the Hayward Veterans Center.  Interment will be held privately.

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Celebration of Life
September 17, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Hayward Veterans Center
10534 Main Street
Hayward , WI 54843

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