Gary Grovesteen

Class of 1959

Gary was an active THS student participating in football, basketball, and baseball all four years of his high school career. He was selected as an All-Conference quarterback in 1958. He also worked as a THS Office Assistant. Gary was drafted into the WI Army National Guard which interrupted his college experience but resulted in the military being his career path for over 40 years. Gary received numerous awards from his service to our nation including the Milwaukee Journal Military Achievement Award, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Award Medal with two oak leaf clusters, WI National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Development Ribbon, and Write Medal.

Gary has served the Tomah community in many ways, serving as the City of Tomah Youth Football and basketball coach. He was a founder of the Arrows & Braves baseball program in Tomah and volunteered as a middle school football and basketball coach. Gary has also served on his Church Council and taught Sunday School. Perhaps Gary’s greatest service to our community has been his dedication and commitment to the Tomah Area School District as a board member. Gary was elected to this position in 1982 and was re-elected for forty years. He attributes his success and life-long happiness to his loving wife, Mary Ann. He has been the #1 supporter of our school district believing the best of our students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administration. His legacy is this incredible impact he has made on the lives of our community’s kids who have become productive members of society because of his efforts in providing a quality education in the TASD. Gary has served by example. His empathy, compassion, and kindness have been bestowed on many in our community. He is a wonderful man, supportive husband, loving father, and grandfather, a positive role model, and a mentor.

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