Gary Haiar


March 24, 1958 - August 29, 2020


Gary Haiar, 62, of Mitchell, SD, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, August 29, 2020 from a heart attack at his home in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 7:00 PM prayer service. Burial will be at a later date in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Gary Lee Haiar was born March 24, 1958 to Justin and Marlys (Green) Haiar Schuster. Gary grew up on a farm near Spencer, SD. He started school in Farmer, SD, and graduated from Alexandria in 1977. He was very active in 4-H. Every year Gary couldn’t wait to go to the Huron State Fair for the week.

In 1979 Gary married Lori Zobrist, and together they had two children, Kayla and Josh. In 1991 he married Shelley Miller, and to that union, Kimberlee, Kayleen, and Kyle were born.

Gary’s early work consisted of working for Morrells, Herdco Feedlot, and self-employment of locker plants in Menno, Pollack, and Miller, SD.

Gary enjoyed buying livestock, going to auctions and sale barns, and meeting new people as he could start a conversation with anybody.

Gary’s pride and joy and the love of his life was his granddaughter, Abigail.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Kayla (Jason) Barnable of Sioux Falls, SD, Josh (Casey) Haiar Cokens of Estelline, SD, Kimberlee (Cody) Schumacher of Chamberlain, SD, Kayleen LaDuke of Watertown, SD, Kyle Haiar of Brookings, SD; 6 grandchildren, Abigail, Peyton, Klaire, Jevin, Braxton, and Drayden; mother, Marlys Haiar Schuster of Mitchell, SD; brothers, Kevin (Sara) Haiar of Sioux Falls, SD and Monte (Michele) Haiar of Fairfax, SD; sister Tina (Kevin) Carlson of Mitchell, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Justin Haiar; brother, Leonard; grandparents, Vyron and Edna Green and Clemens and Anna Haiar; nephew, Cory Haiar; and step-father, Myron Schuster.



Thursday, September 3, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


To Be Announced


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Pat Twedt on September 2, 2020
So sorry for your loss. God give you peace and comfort.
Posted by Wilbert and Marilyn Roth on September 2, 2020
Our sympathy to all of you.
Posted by Scott and Deb Bender on September 1, 2020
Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Marilyn Carsten on September 1, 2020
So sorry for your loss!! Sympathy to the family!!
Posted by Debra Roth on September 1, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. We had such fun growing up together.
Posted by Barbara Hall on September 1, 2020
My sympathies to Gary’s family.
Posted by Dawn and Joe Tunny on September 1, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I remember Gary always being kind to me when I was little. Hugs to the family! Love, Dawn and Joe Tunny
Posted by Pam Olinger on September 1, 2020
So sorry to hear. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Peg Kummer on September 1, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to Gary and family.
Posted by Joanne Schorzmann on September 1, 2020
Our sympathies and prayers to the family.
Posted by Cindy Boggs on September 1, 2020
My sympathies.
Posted by Dawn Erickson on September 1, 2020
Praying for your family as you honor Gary's life.
Posted by Joel Jarding on September 1, 2020
Condolences to the family. May he Rest In Peace.
Posted by Marlene Warnke on September 1, 2020
Sorry for your loss, prayers for the family and friends.
Posted by Linda Jones on September 1, 2020
Extending our sympathy to Gary's family!
Posted by Jonilyn-Smith Gau on August 31, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss🙏🏻 RIP Gary
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on August 31, 2020
So sorry to all of you for this great loss !! He will be missed by everyone that was blessed to know him!!
Posted by Marge Wagner on August 31, 2020
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Deb Hohn on August 31, 2020
My sympathies to Gary’s family.
Posted by Pastor Dennis Selfridge on August 31, 2020
Glad to be of assistance. Praying for family through this time of loss.
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