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Garry JOE Kane

February 3, 1945 — September 28, 2021

SUPERIOR ~ Garry JOE Kane was born February 3, 1945 in the TriCities, WA while his mother was staying with her parents as her father was helping build Hanford.

He died at home as was his wish on September 28, 2021 from lingering results of a stroke in 2008. He stayed at home from that time until his death with short hospital stays as he was taken care of by his sister, Ramona.

He and his sister helped their parents start Kane Well Drilling & Pump Service in St Regis, MT. in the early 50's. Garry drilled his first well by himself when he was 9 years old & had his own rig to run when he was 16. The business & all moved to Superior in 1971. Garry & his sister, Ramona took over the business when their parents retired in 1985. Garry was a graduate of the U of M in Missoula but preferred to be a well driller. He was also a water dowser & could tell you how many rocks you were going to encounter on a well, when they were & how hard they were, where water was & how many gallons per minute you were going to get. He only made one mistake & that was on a 744 foot well in AZ where he drilled in the winter. The well went 4 inches deeper than he thought so go figure.

He never married telling everyone who asked why "I can marry anyone I please, so far I haven't pleased anybody." Yes, he was a jokester.

He was preceded by his grandparents, John Ora Elliott (from whom his middle name came) and grandmother, Jennie May Groshong Elliott, Louis Harold Kane and Grace Dora Hewitt Kane; parents Eugene George Kane and Velsa Jean Elliott Kane.

He is survived by his sister, Ramona Kane (his caregiver), His sister and brother from another mother and father, David and Michelle Farnsworth (aka, good friends who he drilled a well for years ago); a sister from another mother and father, Pat McKinzie of Thompson Falls; Phil Lewis and wife Linda - a fellow well driller from Thompson Falls, and many other friends too numerous to list but all were in his mind to the end.

His graveside services will be Monday, October 4, 2021 at 1 PM in Superior Cemetery, Superior, MT.

All friends not listed are more than welcome to come.

Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Missoula.
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Monday, October 4, 2021

Starts at 1:00pm (Mountain time)

Superior Cemetery

, Superior, MT 59872

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