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Galen Edward Schwartz

March 6, 1950 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Galen Schwartz Obituary

Galen Schwartz, 73, of Centuria passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul with his loving family at his side.  Galen was born on March 6, 1950, in Osceola, Wisconsin, the son of John Schwartz and Marie Christianson Schwartz.  He lived on the home farm for all his 73 years.  

Galen was the youngest of seven children.  He attended the South Milltown School before going to the Milltown School.  Later attending Unity High School, graduating in 1968.  Galen was active in the farm operation from an early age.  Milking cows, baling hay, harvesting corn, and working in the garden.  He enjoyed talking to neighbors, this is when he met Alice.  She worked at Weyerhaeuser in Marshfield and loved going to dog shows with her Irish Wolfhounds and Chihuahuas.  They were married in 1986.  Together they operated the home dairy farm in rural Centuria with their two boys, Galen, and Kevin.  Galen and Alice were always two peas in a pod.  They would make one another laugh and finish sentences for one another too.

Galen loved trains.  He was good at fabricating things like taking some old steel and making repairs to his equipment, he was good at thinking outside the box. A jack of all trades when it came to fixing things on the farm, he could fix just about anything. More recently he took up the hobby of taking pictures around the area, including some phenomenal sunset pictures. He was hoping to exhibit some of those photos at the Polk County Fair.  He loved going to the Flea Market to get fresh produce and deals at Waynes Discount Foods. 

Animals were Galen’s best friends.  He loved cats.  He helped Alice raise Chihuahuas after her dog show career.  They also loved birds, an Amazon parrot, and a cockatiel. Family always came first for Galen, working side by side and sharing his work ethic with his boys. They raised a variety of cows from Holsteins, to Lineback, to crossbreds.

Galen leaves to celebrate his memory:  sons, Galen Jr and Kevin of Centuria.  Siblings: Ramona Anderson of Grantsburg, Lois Berglund of Spooner, Geraldine Seaberg of Hopkins, and John (Olga) Schwartz of Centuria. In-laws:  Harriet Sadauskas of Elgin, Illinois; Ted (Kim) Sadauskas of Marshfield, Wisconsin; Helen (Mark) Malowski of Everett, Washington; Sonya (Robert) Burke of Vernon, Florida.  Cousins, nieces, nephews, other loving family, friends, and neighbors.  He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, parents John and Marie Schwartz, and siblings Gloria Larsen and Marjorie Boertjens.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Galen in the spring at the Milltown Community Center on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.  The family invites guests to join them for lunch and to share memories. 

The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements for Galen.

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