Gale M. Sprute
Gale M. Sprute
Gale Marlin Sprute of Farmington passed away peacefully October 26, 2017 at the age of 79 in his home after a long battle with cancer and other health issues. Gale was born March 14, 1938 in his grandparents home, in Farmington, to Emil and Katherine (Betzold) Sprute.
Gale graduated from Farmington High School in1957 after competing in basketball, football and track, having set a number of school records. His four year career record of 1,736 points scored in basketball still stands as does record timing in hurdles. His good moral character and sport skills won him a scholarship to Winona University where he had an outstanding career in football. He was inducted into that University's Hall of Fame in 1988.
On July14, 1962, he married the love of his life, his college sweetheart Carol Kathryn Buettner in Red Wing.
Gale taught mathematics and physical education for 30 years. He was an active community member through the years, having served as a volunteer fireman for the City of Farmington for 20 years, a city councilman for 8 years, as well as a youth sport coach. Gale designed the fire departments logo which is displayed on uniforms, vehicles, flags, as well as on the front of the fire station. Gale also designed and supervised the creation of the 9/11 Memorial located at Fire Station 1. He and his wife Carol have maintained the Memorial through the years.
Gale is survived by his loving wife, Carol of 55 years, daughter Dawn Slinger and husband Mark, son Cael and his wife Natalie and four grandchildren, Michael and Karissa Henry, and Claire and Grant Sprute. He is also survived by brothers Monte and Dwayne, and sisters Kay Hoeppner, Vesta Loch and Patricia Sprute.
Visitation was held at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd St., Farmington on Wednesday, November 1 from 5 to 8pm and 10-11am on Thursday, November 2, prior to the 11am Mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Farmington.
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