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Gary Morris Schams

June 10, 2022 | 7 comments

Gary Morris Schams age 80, of Onalaska, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2022 at home.  He was born on March 26, 1942 to Elmer and Marie Schams in La Crosse. After serving in the Air Force Gary met Kathy, his wife of 55 years, at The Library.  They were married on May 13, 1967.

He was a loving husband, father and grandpa.  Gary retired from City Brewery of La Crosse and loved spending time watching his grandkids play sports.  He especially loved watching baseball and would spend weekends in the summer driving around looking for a game to watch.  He could talk to anyone about anything.  He loved pheasant hunting and was well known for his Labrador Retrievers.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Marie (Morris) Schams; wife, Kathy Schams.

Gary is survived by his children, Kim Schams and Mike (Sue) Schams; grandchildren, Kylee and Drake Schams; Sister, Sharon (Ray) Nelson; Nephews, Stuart and Steve Nelson; Niece Kristine (Mark) Brueggen.

Special thanks to the Mayo Clinic Hospice staff, family and friends that helped over the last week.

A gathering will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 4-8pm at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska.



  1. Jennifer June

    Condolences to family and friends and especially Kim and Mike. May your memories help you through this difficult time. 🙏🙏

  2. Mike Coady

    Mike and Kim…I’m so sorry for the recent loss of your parents. Your Mother and Dad were wonderful people.. I miss running into the “Red Apple” at local sporting evens. Your Dad was alot fun to talk to and he always gave you his honest opinion….no matter what the subject was. God bless your parents…you have my deepest sympathies.

  3. JR

    Mike and family, So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great guy and a good person to work with.

  4. Kathy Johnson &Steve

    So sorry for you loss Mike and Kim. Steve had alot of fun playing softball with Gary,and vollyball the good old days.

  5. Bruce Walters

    Sorry for your loss. We were high school classmate. Would attend your gathering on Thursday but I will be out of town.

  6. Rod and Kathy Oliver

    So sorry for your loss of your Dad and Grandpa. Gary was always at the games and just loved being there. Sending you all hugs and prayers.

  7. Dick and Margie Olson

    So sorry for your loss! Will never forget coaching with him our boys. He rea;;y enjoyed the game and his players.

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