Gary Steven Quaas, age 61, of Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Sept. 2, 1953, in Waconia, the son of Otto and Bernice (Prehn) Quaas. Gary was baptized Oct. 4, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
He received his education at Watertown High School, graduating with the class of 1971; and continued his education at Southwest Minnesota State University from 1971 to 1973.
Gary was joined in marriage with Amanda Marie McKittrick Oct. 16, 1982, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown. Their union was blessed with two children, Jeremy and Jenny, and they shared 32 years of marriage.
They made their home in Lester Prairie from 1988 to 2011, when they moved to Hutchinson.
Gary owned and operated West End Lanes in New Prague from 1981 to 1985. He then worked as a bartender at the Hollywood Ranch House in New Germany until 2009.
Sports was a big part of Gary’s life, and he liked going to the Gopher games and had fun tailgating. He liked to watch baseball and football, and followed the Vikings, Gophers, and Twins. His hobbies included bowling, playing softball with the Ranch Rats, fishing, and being at the camper.
Gary loved his grandchildren, and they loved their “Pa Pa.” He even told Joshua he was his “medicine” because he always felt better when he visited.
Gary is survived by his wife, Mandy Quaas, of Hutchinson; son Jeremy Quaas and fiancée Tara Schwagerl of New Hope; daughter Jenny Barnett and her husband, Josh., of Hutchinson; grandchildren Josh Quaas, Ethan Barnett, and Gracie Barnett, all of Hutchinson; aunts Gladys Pedersen, Myrtle Schuettpelz, Lila Quaas, Sylvia Quaas, and Millie Honebrink; and cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Otto Quaas; a sister, Barb Quaas; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold “Mac” and Dorene McKittrick.
A Celebration of Gary’s life took place Sunday, Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hollywood Sports Complex in Watertown.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.