Terry Douglas Galle lived a full and memorable 81 years, before passing away peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at his home in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.
A loving husband of 34 years to Gail, proud father, and cherished ‘papa’, Terry shared his love of history, passion for music, and deep appreciation of the landscape and history of Wisconsin with anyone who would listen.
Terry was born and raised in Mineral Point, WI, where he proudly played the accordion and harmonica in the ‘Galle Trio' and later graduated high school. He went on to earn a degree from UW-Platteville in Business & Economics, opening the door to a successful career as a clothing buyer for companies, including Spurgeon’s, Shopko, and Blaine’s Farm & Fleet. Terry worked hard, traveled, and made many friends during his lifetime.
Terry found great enjoyment reading, listening to old radio shows, watching westerns, and telling stores of his ponies‘ Trigger’. A dedicated Packers fan, connoisseur of good food and fashion, Terry merged his Wisconsin roots with his love for city life. He treasured spending time in Door County, Bayfield, on the north shore of Lake Superior, at the Chicago Blues Festival, and in the company of family and friends. Terry stood by us during difficult times, offered guidance, support, and shared his life experiences, making us richer for having known him.
A celebration of Terry’s life will be held on December 10, 2023, from 1:00-3:00, at the Northwest Dane Senior Center, located at 1837 Bourbon Rd, Cross Plains, WI 53528, for those who wish to commemorate his life and legacy.
We are grateful for the compassionate care he received from the Agrace Hospice West Team, as well as special friends, Donna and Nancy.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please consider a memorial to one of the following:
· UW Foundation, The Initiative to End Alzheimer’s Greatest Needs Fund, https://www.wiscmedicine.org/alzheimers
· The Madison Reading Project - https://www.madisonreadingproject.com/donate
To the living, I am gone,
To the sorrowful, I will never return,
To the angry, I was cheated, But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore gazing at a beautiful sea,
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity,
Remember me in your heart:
Your thoughts, and your memories,
Of the times we loved,
The times we cried,
The times we fought,
The times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will never have gone.
- Margaret Mead