Gary Merrill Hallett died March 1. He was 61.

Mr. Hallett was born Feb. 28, 1952 in Oceanside, Calif. He attended Bellfountain Grade School and graduated from Monroe High School in 1970. He married Cynthia Anne Myrand in 1983. He worked at IP Miller Lumber until he started his own painting contract business, retiring after 40 years due to cancer.  

He is survived by his wife, Cindy.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Maro Escano at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 9, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Monroe, preceded by a rosary at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow.