Wallace William Quaas, age 78, of Chaska, formerly of Mayer and Watertown, died Saturday, July 10, 2010.
He was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Mayer, the youngest son of Otto and Anna (Westerman) Quaas, Sr. Wallace attended school at Mayer Lutheran grade school, and graduated from Watertown High School in 1950.
He enlisted and served for four years in the Korean conflict, and was honorably discharged in 1954.
Wallace married Sylvia Menzel May 8, 1954, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Wally and Sylvia lived in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, where Wally worked for H.A. Juster Company. He remained an employee there for 22 years, until the family moved to Chaska and he purchased his own store. The store became Wally’s Sports and Clothing. He and Sylvia operated their business for almost 30 years.
Wally was a member of Crown of Glory Lutheran Church in Chaska since 1975.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, and a member of the Lions Club. He belonged to the Minnesota Baseball Association and served as president of the Chaska Cubs Baseball Club.
Wally worked many hours organizing and running two state baseball tournaments for the Chaska Cubs.
He received one of his most honored awards when he was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also honored with the Mike Downs award in 2008 for his many years of service to Minnesota baseball, and received the Melvin Jones Fellow award from the Lions Club.
Wally enjoyed both winter ice-fishing and summer fishing on the lakes in northern Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; daughter Debra (Steve) Holmes of Richfield; son Daniel (Donna) Quaas of Chaska; six grandchildren: Nate Holmes, Kady Netland, Kelsey Holmes, Kyle Holmes, Benjamin Quaas, and Timothy Quaas; great-grandson, Jordan Netland; brother Benjamin (Lila) Quaas of Mayer, MN; and sister-in-law, Millie Honebrink, of Belle Plaine, MN. Wally was preceded in death by parents, Otto and Anna Quaas; and brothers and sisters Marion Quaas, Gilbert Quaas, Friedrich Quaas, Helen Ohm, Otto Quaas, Anna Mielke, Emma Jopp, and Florence Goede.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Chaska.