Galen Spain, 1954-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Galen Spain, 65, of Otisco passed away Monday evening, Dec. 9, 2019, at his home.

Galen Spain

Funeral services will be at  2 p.m. Sunday at Starkson & Steffel Funeral Home-McRaith Chapel of Waseca with the Rev. Michael Behm officiating. Burial will take place on a later date. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Starkson & Steffel Funeral Home-McRaith Chapel of Waseca and will continue for one hour prior to the service Sunday.

Galen Mark Spain was born Feb. 21, 1954, in Albert Lea to Theodore and Ruth (Huff) Spain. He attended Albert Lea High School and graduated with the class of 1972.

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In 1973, Galen was reacquainted with a long time friend, Elaine Godeke, and on Sept. 21, 1974, they were united in marriage at Hollandale Reform Church. Together they lived in rural Waseca for a short time before moving to Otisco in 1982.

Galen began working after graduating from high school at EF Johnson in Waseca in its warehouse and worked his way through the ranks to become the director of operations for DataRadio, retiring in 2009. It was following his retirement that Galen was able to find his true passion in life, serving others at the Waseca County Food Shelf. It was through this service that Galen was able to touch many lives and lend a helping hand to those in need. At a young age he acquired a passion through his father for HAM Radio. Galen also enjoyed traveling, camping and trolling democratic websites. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, infectious laugh and the kindness he shared with all who knew him. Blessed be his memory.

Galen is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Elaine; children Ben (Stacey) Spain of Woodbury, Sarah (James) Olson of Willow Lake, South Dakota, and Daniel (Kristen Page) of Canon City, Colorado; grandchildren Isaiah and Hannah Spain, Marisa (Logan) Twait, and Athena and Corbin Page; one great-grandchild, Harper; father, Ted Spain, of Albert Lea; sister, Sheila (Stephen Gomes) Spain; and nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Ruth.