Tracy C. Saunders


Tracy Clark Saunders, 55 of Galesville, passed away peacefully at his home, June 1, 2021, after a long and difficult, four-year battle with cancer.

Tracy was born in Black River Falls, January 11, 1966, and lived most of his childhood in Gordon, just south of Superior.

In 1984, he graduated from Northwood High School in Minong, then went on to graduate from WTC – La Crosse’s HVAC program in 1986.

After technical college, Tracy started his career with Ekern Dairy in Blair, installing/maintaining coolers for local farmers and grocery stores while making many long-lasting friendships.

Beginning in 1997, through the remainder of his career, Tracy worked for Gundersen Clinics in La Crosse as a Maintenance Mechanic installing/repairing HVAC systems, boilers, and coolers in addition to various other mechanical troubleshooting.

Tracy loved both of his jobs, and had countless stories of helping others and solving difficult mechanical problems for his external and internal customers. However, what Tracy loved most about his work was the people. He had a true sense of service to others, always willing to help. Tracy would give you the last shirt off his back if you asked. He cared deeply about his friends and family.

Tracy was an avid hunter and fisherman with a great love for the outdoors. He was a life-time member of the NRA as well as the Holmen Rod and Gun Club. He never missed a season, and anyone who hunted with him knew he enjoyed simply sitting in the outdoors, patiently waiting for the perfect game to walk by.

Tracy is survived by his parents, Ron and Helen Saunders of Gordon; sister, Penny Bretl (John) of Stillwater, MN; and nephews: Dylan Bretl of Stillwater, Jordan Bretl of Austin, TX; and niece, Amelia Bretl of Stillwater; his closest uncle, who was more like a brother to him, Dennis Glasspoole of La Crosse; plus countless aunts, uncles and cousins from large families on both his parents’ side.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a short program at 3:00 p.m., and food served beginning at 3:30 p.m., at Beedle’s Supper Club, W24966 WI Hwy. 54, Galesville, WI 54630.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., with a lunch to follow, at: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Solon Springs, WI 54873.

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