Scott Gaalaas, 65Scott Gaalaas, age 65, of the Tellico Village Community, Tenn., passed away on Feb. 22 at Parkwest Medical Center.
Scott Gaalaas, age 65, of the Tellico Village Community, Tenn., passed away on Feb. 22 at Parkwest Medical Center.
He was adored by his family and was a gift to all he met. His membership in the Community Church of Tellico Village offered him an opportunity to implement his strong beliefs in promoting God's work. Scott was an avid golfer and enjoyed racquetball, canoeing, camping, hunting, snow and water skiing. He enjoyed sports and promoted physical fitness all of his life. In high school he wrestled and played baseball; during college he lettered in baseball all 4 years; he played semi-pro baseball for 11 years in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Scott graduated from River Falls High School in Wisconsin in 1964 and from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in 1968. He received his Master's degree from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 1975. The first 8 years of his career were spent teaching science and physical education and coaching wrestling and baseball. In 1977, Scott began working for the YMCA. He began his career in Indianapolis then became CEO at YMCAs in Bloomington, Ind., and in Palatine and Oak Park, Ill.
In 2009, he and his wife, Janice, retired and moved to Tellico Village where they found a welcoming community of friends. Scott was an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Loudon County and was active in Rotary International during his working career.
Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Carrold and Alice Gaalaas.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan; sons, Eric Gaalaas (Kim) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kevin Gaalaas (Heather) of Westminster, Colo.; grandchildren, Korinne and Kameron Gaalaas; and sister, Linda Gaalaas (George Gurria) of Milwaukee, Wis., and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Community Church of Tellico Village. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Loudon County or the Community Church of Tellico Village.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations - Tellico Village Chapel is serving the family of Scott Gaalaas. www.clickfuneralhome.com.
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