PLUM CITY, Wis./HOLMEN — Gabriel F. Sallander, 36, of Plum City, formerly of Holmen, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017.
He was born in La Crosse, June 2, 1980, to Peter and Patricia (DeVries) Sallander.
Gabe was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying duck and pheasant hunting in North Dakota and fishing, especially trout fishing, in the trout streams of Wisconsin. He (sparingly) shared his wonderful smoked trout with family. He loved being in the woods in springtime, camping with his family, and sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with his stepdaughters and nieces. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends and playing pool in several leagues, winning many tournaments.
Gabe was a loving husband to Diane and a wonderful, devoted father to his stepdaughters, Brook and Ashley. He was also the fun uncle to his nieces, Ashlyn and Eva. He brought silliness into all their lives and knew how to be a kid with them. He taught them all how to catch and clean crayfish, along with a few other things their mothers probably did not fully appreciate. He and the girls rigged up a huge spider in the tree outside their camper so they could drop it on all the unsuspecting tubers going down the river. They had many hours of enjoyment from that.
Known for his witty comebacks, Gabe was also a prankster, never to be outdone by his brothers, Bill and Joe, during their many adventures together. They were truly the three musketeers, all for one and one for all.
Gabe was a thoughtful, loving son to his parents, Pete and Pat. He knew how to have fun and brought laughter and joy into the lives of his entire family and his many, many friends. We can see his sparkling eyes as he continues smiling upon us. Gabe will live on in our hearts and be forever cherished.
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Gabriel is survived by his wife, Diane Ford Sallander of Plum City; two stepdaughters, Brook and Ashley Ford; his parents, Peter and Patricia Sallander of Holmen; two brothers, William Sallander of Holmen and Joel (Cari) Sallander of Whitehall; two nieces, Ashlyn and Eva Sallander; his grandmothers, Joan DeVries and Katherine Sallander; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Orville Sallander and Thomas DeVries.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Road, Holmen. Pastor Matt Toso will officiate. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. Friday until time of service. The family will host a “Gabe Fest” immediately following the service at the Onalaska American Legion, 371 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska. Come share your memories with us and make us laugh. Gabe would want it that way.
Memorials may be sent to Pete and Pat Sallander, W7744 Old Hwy. 93, Holmen, WI 54636.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.