Nancy-Raso Eklund-Obituary

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Nancy Jo Raso Eklund

Rock Springs, Wyoming

Aug 18, 1952 – Aug 31, 2019


August 18, 1952
August 31, 2019
Rock Springs, Wyoming


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Nancy Jo Raso Eklund, 67, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 at her home suddenly and peacefully. She was a resident of Green River for the past 47 years and is a former resident of Minnesota.
Mrs. Eklund was born on August 18, 1952 in Austin, Minnesota; the daughter of Joseph Raso and Rose Marie Fries.
She attended schools in Minnesota and was a 1970 graduate of the Pacelli High School. Nancy also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Special Education from Saint Cloud State University as well as a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
She married Byron Eklund in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on August 10, 1984.
Teaching was Nancy’s true purpose and passion. Mrs. Eklund worked as a Physical Education teacher for Sweetwater County School District #2 for 43 years until her retirement in 2017.
 Nancy was the Executive Director of the Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAHPHERD) from 1996 to 2019, and although there were many, a few of her favorite accomplishments and associations include; Shape America, Disney Teacher of the Year in 1996, Fuel Up to Play, American Heart Association, Jump Rope for Heart/ Hoops for Heart, Wellness Director, PEP Grant Director, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport, and Wyoming Health Standards Writing Team.
To Nancy everyone was her family, and to everyone she felt like home. Her favorite thing was to be around her husband, kids, grandchildren, and all of the extended family and friends that constantly filled her heart and home with joy, where everyone loved to join together for her unmatched and authentic Italian cooking. She grew up a champion competitive swimmer, so anywhere near or in the water made her feel young again. Simple things like sitting in an Adirondack Chair, listening to Kenny Chesney, a good book with an ice cold margarita (or two) was the good life to her.
She loved that she was able to see the world, traveling all over - (she visited every baseball field she could), but coming home to summer days at The Flaming Gorge or fall days to camping in the mountains is where she felt true bliss. 
Survivors include her husband; Byron Eklund of Green River, Wyoming, one son; Chip Eklund and wife Sara of Morrison, Colorado, two grandchildren; Boston Eklund, Bo Eklund, one daughter; Lauren Eklund of New York, New York, one brother; Michael Raso and wife Barbara of Austin, Minnesota, one sister; Christine Raso and husband Dr. Gary Ludwig of Neenah, Wisconsin, one uncle; Andrew Fries and wife Donna of Quincy, Illinois, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother-in-law, Robert E. Neely.
Following Cremation, a Celebration of Life will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Green River High School, 1615 Hitching Post Drive, Green River, Wyoming. Friends may call at the high school one hour prior to services.
The family respectfully requests that donations in Nancy’s memory be made to: WAHPHERD or SHAPE America. Donations may be sent to 705 Easy Street, Green River, Wyoming 82935.
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So, so sorry. She was the best swim coach ever! So energetic and fun. I remember when she first moved to Green River. I think it was her first job but I may be mistaken. I was a freshman in 1976 and had her for a coach. Debra

Byron, Chip, Lauren and Family, We are so very sorry and sad for your Dear Loss. Nancy was a wonderful woman and will be missed dearly. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, Bean, Karin, Nikki and Family

Byron and family I'm so sorry for your loss. I will always remember our fun days dancing, drinking, and eating. What a blessing to have known Nancy. She was a great lady who will be missed by many.
All my love
Anita Bolt

It was my honor to get to know and work with Nancy through WYAAHPERD. She had a huge impact on me professionally. However, it was her kind, fun, and positive personality that has left a lasting impression on me. I feel fortunate for having known her as a friend. She was always so thoughtful to check in on me and my new family. She was an amazing women that has touched so many people. I only wish my son Easton was able to meet her. Brandi, Easton, and I would like to send our deepest...

Byron, Chip and Lauren, I want you to know how much I loved your mom. From the very tender age of kindergarten, through all of our growing up years Chip, and for all the rest of my tomorrows. She was always there cheering me on, and even as a teacher, we spoke professionally and she gave me advice and insight as an adult. I loved seeing her when I came 'home'. She is part of what makes going home, "home". I am a better person for knowing her. I am so very thankful we will get...

I had the pleasure and honor to know Nancy through the President-Elect process..Nancy was the President-Elect of WYAAHPERD and I was President-Elect of Kansas AAHPERD. Nancy was a very special person who touched the lives of every person who she came in contact with through her personal and professional life. My thoughts are with Nancys family and friends.

What can one say about a person who touched all who knew her in a most positive way? She was a kind and wonderful soul who lit up the room with her smile. I am forever grateful for getting the chance to know Nancy and to spend some wonderful time with her at SAM gatherings. Love and prayers to her family.

Nancy was an amazing woman, and a staunch advocate for health and fitness. The world lost a great advocate and I can only hope to have the impact that she did. She was loved by all who knew her and will be terribly missed. Prayers to her family and friends during this difficult time.