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Gordon “Gordy” Schaar 06/23/2024

Gordon Elmer Schaar, “Gordy” age 78, of River Falls, WI, died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends at his home on Sunday, June 23, 2024.

Gordy was born to Elmer and Emma (Schingledecker) Schaar on October 24, 1945, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He graduated from River Falls High School with the class of 1963 and served in the Army National Guard until 1969.  Gordy married Sharon Johnson and they had three children, Mike, Kris and Michelle.  They later divorced.  He met Judi Sweeney, they had a decade long relationship and had one son, Jason.  Gordy and Judi separated and years later he met and married Betty Brunotte and blended their families together.

Gordy loved to work, and he had many jobs.  He worked at Armors Meat Cutting, Deiss Sanitation, O’Connell Garbage Hauling, UWRF and Tim Brady Pump Service.  In 1980 Gordy purchased Tim Brady Pump Service and he ran Gordy’s Pump Service until 2007 when he “retired” and sold the business to his son, Jason.  He then started Gordy Schaar Trucking, hauling gravel, black dirt, sand, compost, and boulders right up to the spring of this year.  Through the years he maintained numerous snowplowing and sanding accounts.  In his “retirement”, Gordy also worked at Fox Ridge Stables.  Gordy cherished the time spent with his Gordy’s Pump Service family.  The shop talk, company events, riding along on jobs with his son, even running for parts.

Throughout his life Gordy rescued and adopted wild mustangs and burrows and broke them for riding and driving.  He was an avid John Wayne fan, collecting many items, and even traveling to Winterset, IA to see his birth home.

Gordy loved riding horses, giving rides with his team and wagon, farming, road trips, cutting wood, watching birds and most of all spending time with his family and friends. He attended many grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events.  He was a hard-working man with a good heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He wasn’t afraid to call a spade a spade.

Gordy is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Emma Schaar; wife, Betty Schaar; daughter, Michelle Schaar; grandson-in-law, Jackson Merrill Sr.; brother, Robert Schaar; and former companion, Judi Sweeney.

He is survived by children, Michael (Amy) Johnson, Kris (John) Jones, Jason Schaar; step children, Jon (Nancy) Lemerand, David Lemerand, Debbie (Dean) Chilson, Cathi (Steve) Brown, Duane (Starr) Lemerand; honorary children, Courtney (Dave) Snieg, Austin (Hannah) Delamater, Jeff Sweeney; grandchildren, Kinsey Johnson, Sammie Johnson, Nicole Merrill, Bryan Bearheart, Jessica Lemerand, Justice Lemerand, Dean Chilson Jr., Dani (Matt Frey) Chilson, Tanner Brown, Morgan Heberle, Neamiah Lemerand, Joe Medes, Jordyn Medes and Ruby Snieg; great-grandchildren, Jackson Jr., Jensen, Jase, Kali, Liam, Ella, Nolan, and Elle; great great-granddaughter, Blakelyn; sister-in-law, Jackie Schaar; and many nieces nephews, relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held on Sunday, June 30, 2024 at 4 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI.  Visitation was on Sunday, June 30, 2024 from 1-4 pm at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  A Party to Celebrate Gordy’s life will be held at  Fletcher-Pechacek American Legion Post 121, 701 North Main Street, River Falls, WI, on Sunday, September 8, 2024 from 12:30PM-4:30PM.   Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Gordy’s service



  • Tonya Merrill Posted June 24, 2024 4:21 pm

    Jason and families,
    Bryon and I are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a really nice man and we will miss him. Please know that you are in our prayers.

  • Jason Schaar Posted June 24, 2024 8:54 pm

    I will love you forever dad!! Until we meet again cowboy,we love you very much!! RIP Gordy(dad)

  • chris snieg Posted June 25, 2024 4:37 pm

    Gordy, You are like family to us, and Foxridge Stables won’t be the same without you! Like a grandpa you were to Ruby, like a dad to Courtney. Bless you on your eternal journey…..

  • Ron and Jeanette Gutting Posted June 25, 2024 5:32 pm

    Our sympathies to all your family . Gordy was always a friendly kind person . You wi be missed Gordy

  • Sonny and Mary Miner Posted June 25, 2024 10:38 pm

    We will miss you neighbor.
    Sympathy to all the family.

  • Vicky Ahlers Posted June 26, 2024 1:43 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Gordy was such an amazing guy he had a heart of gold . I could go on forever. I hope you and my dad are up in heaven bull shitting away just like back in the good old days . Gordy you will definitely be missed . Hugs to all of you , you all have my deepest sympathies.

  • John Posted June 27, 2024 2:22 am

    About 17 years ago or so I remember a few things that you told me about life and I’ll never forget it. You were someone I always looked up to and judged myself by throughout my life thus far and will continue to do so. Take a seat and relax a minute you’ve earned it.

  • carol ackley Posted June 29, 2024 12:40 pm

    Gordy was always so kind to me. He would come and help me or dig me out whenever I called, day or night. I will miss you Gordy! Rest in peace

  • Sandra Danielson Meglic Posted June 29, 2024 3:25 pm

    It was with a sad heart that I heard of Gordy’s passing. Another one of our classmates from 1963 is gone. Even though our paths only crossed at our five year class reunions it was so nice to catch up on our lives. Gordy definitely lived life to the fullest and along the way I am sure he impacted positively on the lives he met.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy and may the wonderful memories I saw in his video tribute give you peace at this difficult time.

    Sandra Danielson Meglic (fellow 1963 classmate)

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