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In Memory of Gale Qualls

Gathering of Family and Friends

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday March 30, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

A lens on the life of Gale Howard Qualls, age 84. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 20 at 2:22 a.m. at his home. He was afflicted by Parkinson’s disease and cancer.


Gale was born on January 4, 1938, in Melrose Park, IL. His family moved to Willard, WI in 1952, and he graduated from Greenwood High School in Greenwood, WI in 1956.


He married Isabel “Dolly” Urbanz on November 30, 1963 in Greenwood, WI following the JFK assassination. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in 2021.


After several years, he joined the US Airforce in 1959 and served for 4 years, part of which was in Alaska. His skill was in Radar Maintenance.


After he was honorably discharged, he started college at UW-River Falls while being employed at 3M. At 3M he was in accounting or the “bean counter”, as he would say. He retired in 1998 from 3M.


In 1969, Gale and Dolly purchased a farm outside of Hudson, WI where they raised registered Simmental cattle which they sold to many people. Many children raised champion fair steers from their herd. Gale was instrumental in creating a computer program for the St. Croix Valley Bull Test Station, which is still being used in River Falls and Platteville, WI. Gale was a member of several livestock boards.


Gale and Dolly were instrumental in creating the Pharmaceutical Drug Take Back program which is used nationally. Besides farming and cattle, his hobbies included photography which he has over 33,000 images on his computer.


Gale was very community minded as he served as a plan commission and Hudson Town Board member for many, many years.


He is survived by his wife Dolly, many nieces and nephews with a special niece Carmella Lindner. He was preceded in death by his parents Elmo and Thelma Qualls; and brothers-in-law Frank Urbanz Jr and Emil Plautz.


A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI from 2:00 – 5:00.


Interment will be held in the summer at the Willard National Cemetery in Willard, WI. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gale’s name can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. To donate click here. 



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    • I am so sorry for your loss. I only knew Gale for 3 years, while we worked at 3M together. I was just out of college with my first job and I had the privilege to sit next to Gale and learn a lot from him. In the fall of 1986 I became extremely sick while at my apartment in Oakdale, and did not know at the time that I had type 1 diabetes. I went into a coma state, and Gale along with another person came to my apartment that day as I was not responding to any calls. If Gale had not come over that day, the doctors said I would not have survived the coma I had fallen into. That was the kind of person Gale was…….always caring and looking out for people and willing to help always. He saved my life that day and I have often thought of Gale over the years and how he helped me that day, since I no longer live around Minnesota/WI. I will pray for Gale and his family that the Lord may bring him into his kingdom and bring him peace.

    • It is with sadness that I learn of Gale’s passing. I got to know him when we served on the planning and zoning committee for the Town of Hudson together. I always loved his candor and sense of humor. He was a straight shooter and came at thing with a common sense that isn’t so common anymore. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Dolly and the family. May the many fond memories help ease your pain. Rest in peace Gale.


    • Dolly, it is with such sadness I just read of Gale’s passing….He was one fine fellow!!! Always so enjoyed time spent with both of you….
      Sure you have lots and lots of wonderful memories of your life together….

    • Dolly,
      Sending our condolences.
      Sending prayers and thanks 🙏 for all he did for the Townships.