Gary Schaar


Gary SchaarGary Dean Schaar “Thunder”, age 78 of Lake Florida formerly of Tracy, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Carris Health Care Center in Willmar. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at the church. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be held at a later date in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery near Walnut Grove.  Memorials are preferred to Carris Health/Rice Hospice in Willmar or Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gary Dean Schaar was born February 8, 1940 to Arnold and Evelyn (Kolander) Schaar in Windom, Minnesota.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith.  Gary graduated from Lamberton High School.  He enjoyed an outstanding athletic career participating in many different sports. After high school he attended the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship.  Gary was united in marriage to Barbara Nicholson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Gary owned and operated Tracy Lanes for 17 years and was very active in the Minnesota Bowling Proprietors Association of America and served as president of the 4-state BPAA.  After retiring from Tracy Lanes, Gary farmed for ten years on the Nicholson family farm.  He was a member of the Tracy Lions Club, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce and the Police Commission.  Gary had a very active lifestyle.  He enjoyed golfing, bowling and playing cards. He loved hunting and fishing, especially the fishing trips he took to Canada with family and friends.  Gary enjoyed traveling. Upon retirement, he and Barbara wintered in Arizona. He also loved spending summers at Lake Florida with his family.

Gary is survived by his wife Barbara; children: Victoria Schaar of Lake Florida and her children: Megan & Kate and Terry (Lisa) Schaar of Tracy and their children: Jenna, Walker (Trisha), & Lauren; sister Linda (Brian) Kosel; brother-in-law Paul (Barbara) Bouchard; and several nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Merton (Mardy) Schaar, and sister Lorean Bouchard.


  1. Barb Johnson says

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Will be praying for Barb and family.

  2. Donna and Robert Caron says

    Schaars so sorry to hear about Thunder! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this sorrowful time??????
    The Caron’s

  3. Debra Thorpe says

    So sorry for your loss Barb, Mrs Schaar! You may not remember me but I was a former student and in your first GAA sports team. The death of a love one is hard, I lost my husband 5 years ago to cancer at the age of 54. Tough years but the kids help and i see yoiu have some grand kids too! Blessings to you all!
    Deb Johns (Thorpe)

  4. Gayle Whiting says

    Barb, Terry, Vicki, Lisa and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I can still picture him standing behind the counter at the lanes. My prayers for all of you now and going forward. He was a big part of the Tracy community and influenced a lot of us “kids”.

    Gayle Whiting

  5. Jean Strong says

    Barb and family,
    So very sorry to hear this. I’ll always remember the years as bowling partners in Tracy. Those were great times. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jean (Gullickson) Strong

  6. Rhonda Bosacker says

    My sincere thoughts and prayers to you, Barb, and Terry and Vicky and families… great memories especially Tracy Lanes, may your love and memories give you peace, joy, and laughter as you celebrate Gary’s life and hugs Rhonda Cooreman Bosacker

  7. Becky Ryan says

    Barb, Vicky and Terry.

    I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Becky (West) Ryan

  8. Bruce and Jeanne Vogel says

    Barb, Vicki and Terry,

    We are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We pray that God will comfort you and wrap His loving arms around you through this time.

    Bruce and Jeanne (Silver) Vogel

  9. Eric Nelson says

    So sorry for your loss. Lots of memories from times spent with Gary at Tracy Lanes. Also deer hunting and sharing life in Tracy. My thoughts and prayers with each of you. May God’s Love and Promise comfort you at this sorrowful time of loss.
    Eric Nelson

  10. Connie Fischer says

    Myy sympathy to all the Schaar Families. Many good memories bowling at Tracy Lanes, as a colleague of Barb, and of Terry and Vicki as students.

  11. Wendy Friberg Cronin says

    I am so sorry. My thoughts and condolences.
    Wendy Friberg Cronin

  12. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Julie Hannig says

    Very sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. Grateful to have had the chance to see him and your Mother last winter. Heartfelt sympathy from our family to yours??
    Julie (Clancy) Hannig

  14. John and Gloria Doubler says

    Our love and sympathy to you all……

  15. Kent Cooreman says

    Thoughts and prayers Barb,Vicky,Terry&Lisa and kid’s.. WAT a great man to know and do many things with… golfing,bowling,limousine jackpot with Laura boys and late night cards at the old Ally’s that burned down! RIP my friend..????

  16. Marvin Hey says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Marv & Jan Hey

  17. Todd & Pam Lunzman (Christenson) says

    Thinking of you ALL in this difficult time of loss. May his love of life bring you encouragement and memories that will carry you through, may his athletic spirit equip you with the strength to endure the days ahead and my his laughter bring you a sense of peace; knowing that his life was well lived and his new home is one of no pain or suffering. Prayers from my family to yours, today and in all the days to come.

  18. lARRY & Darlene McLaury says

    Barb & family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Your South Dakota neighbors in Arizona

  19. Russ & Harriett Reed says

    Sorry to hear this. You will all be in our prayers for the next few weeks as you deal with this loss.

  20. Muriel coulter says

    We were so saddened to hear about Gary’s passing. He was a wonderful man who always wore a warm smile on his face. He was a tremendous athlete also. He will be missed.
    Muriel and John coulter

  21. Don Robinson says

    Hi Barb,,, so sorry for your loss. I am sure this is a rough time. But you must keep your head and strength up. Death is part of the circle of life. We must prepare ourselves today,,,, for tomorrow.
    It has been a long time since we graduated together in 1956. Hope to see you at the mini class reunion in August. Your in our prayers. May God continue to bless. Don Robinson

  22. Roger and Karen Schroeppel says

    We are sorry to hear about Gary. He was a friend for many years and know you will miss him. Our prayers to your family at this difficult time,

  23. Kathryn Williams says

    Condolences to all who loved Mr. Schaar. I always looked forward to his visits to see Vikki, Megan, and Kate in Savannah and have missed him these last few years. He was a wonderful man and is now rejoicing in heaven!

  24. Roger Flatequal says

    Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I have know him since high school and at Mankato State. We met quite often at Box Car Days usually at the Beer Tent but it has been about 4 years since I have seen him. He will be greatly missed. Sympathy to his family.

  25. Barb Schultz and Roberta Fournier says

    Our condolences to Barb, Vickie, Terry and family, so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. Marsha (Buck) Goff says

    Barb and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers to you. May his memories bring you peace and a smile to your face. He live on with your family. Your Tracy neighbor – Marlene Buck and Marsha (Buck) Goff.

  27. Al and Paula Olson says

    Barb, Vikki, Terry,

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May your many memories keep him close to your hearts forever. Hugs and prayers. Al & Paula Olson

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