Louis R “Lou” Galetich, 91, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Madrid, Iowa, of which he was a member. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Madrid. Lou was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.
The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Iles Funeral home in Madrid.
Lou was born Jan. 21, 1929, in Highbridge, Dallas County, Iowa. He attended Madrid High School, graduating in 1947.
Lou attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, graduating in 1952. While in college, he worked as a trainer for the Quad City Tigers and was invited to work with the Detroit Tigers farm club the spring of 1952 in Haines City, Florida. In 1987, Lou was inducted into the St. Ambrose University Athletic Hall of Fame for Athletics and Coaching.
He began his coaching career at Clinton St. Mary in 1952 and won the Iowa State Basketball championship in 1953 in his first year of coaching. He coached in Clinton for two years before moving to teach and coach at St. Mary High School in Remsen, Iowa.
In 1956, Lou began a 24-year teaching and coaching career at Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll, Iowa. In addition to his position at Kuemper, he was actively involved in the Carroll County Democratic Party, serving as chairman for 12 years as well as serving on the Iowa Democratic State Central Committee. He was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968.
After relocating back to Madrid in 1980, he coached for two years and taught the remaining years until his retirement in 1998. During this time, he also served as the mayor of Madrid for 12 years, proudly noting that he never missed a council meeting. Lou also served 10 years with the Boone County Youth and Shelter Services and continued to be active in the Boone County Democratic Party.
Lou worked with various state agencies to bring the “Boot Camp” to Woodward, Iowa. This facility went on to become the Woodward Academy. Lou was the first president of the Academy in 1995 and continued to serve on the Academy Board of Directors as a vice president until 2013. In June 2002, Woodward Academy broke ground on its first education center and gymnasium, which was later named after him — Lou Galetich Education Center.
Lou’s proudest moments were spending time with his grandchildren, who he adored.
Lou is survived by his daughter Beth Bernardo and husband Tony of Leander, Texas; granddaughter Elizabeth Bernardo and grandson Michael Bernardo of Austin, Texas; sister, Rose Marie Biondi of Huxley; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five5 brothers, John, Tony, Emil, William and Steve Galetich; and two sisters, Ann Butelli and Mary Galetich.