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Barry Guy Gaston

May 11, 1959 — June 24, 2022

Barry Guy Gaston passed away on, Friday, June 24, 2022 due to heart complications with his sister by his side.

Barry was born on May 11th, 1959 in Rawlins WY, to Willie and Peggy Gaston.

He graduated from Rawlins High School in 1977.

Barry was in his words a "former specialist” in excavating for almost 30 yrs. He worked on underground utilities, pump stations, oilfield pipelines, and creek and river crossings.  He prided himself on being able pick an egg off of a golf tee with a spoon (on a backhoe) and placing it in a cup without breaking it (in 11.5 seconds!) at the Riverside Cat Backhoe Rodeo.

He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, camping and boating. His biggest loves were archaeology, rock hunting, and geology. Barry was very good at knapping his own knives, and it was not unusual for him to be out in the country for days doing what he loved.

In the fall of 1977, he married Kim Hillyer and they had two daughters, Nikki and Melissa, they later divorced. He then married Pam Niezwaag in California, they also later divorced. Pam and Barry had three children, Zach, Brittany, and Kyle.

Several years later, Barry moved from Kingman AZ to Naknek, AK where he commercially fished for salmon. He remained in Naknek and worked at the Naknek Electrical Power Plant. Barry has lived the last two years of his life with his sister in Big Piney, WY.

Barry is survived by his children Nikki, Melissa, Zach, Brittany, Kyle; seven grandkids; sisters Glenna Kauppila of Rawlins, WY, Wendy Gaston of Big Piney, WY; brother Kelly of Rawlins, WY; nieces Amber Laird, Jenny Gaston; nephews Bryon Gaston, Andrew Kauppila, Davin Kauppila; aunt Myrna Baker; uncle Harold Monroe; close friends Darrel Asplin, Jeff Sinkler, Sonny Regan, and Keith Hull. The whole community of Naknek was very dear to him. Barry made friends easily and people were just drawn to him. He will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to know him.

He was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Peggy Gaston, as well as many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial Services will be held at later date this summer in Rawlins, WY.

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