Gerald Joseph Gallagher
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Gerald Joseph Gallagher, of Hockessin, passed peacefully after a long illness on April 25, 2014.
Born in Williamsport, PA in 1926 to Gerald Joseph Gallagher and Elizabeth Walteroth Gallagher, he enlisted in the US Navy following high school graduation and due to his superior intellect, was assigned to advanced electronics duty in the Pacific Theatre of WWII. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he graduated with degrees in physics from Lycoming College, Penn State University and Drexel University. He joined the Du Pont Company in its Engineering Department where he focused on heat/cold transfer technology--a subject that escaped his three sons--for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1991.
Following his retirement, he focused his attention on many subjects including membership in the Personal Computers Users Group, but more importantly, the "2 by 4" square dance club, where he courted Dolores "June" Forrest Ewing, who became his longtime companion of over 20 years and, most recently becoming his bride in December 2012.
He is survived by his wife, June, two sons, Michael and Gregg and their wives, Joanne and Ann, three grandchildren, Michael, Megan and Matthew, his brother, Dan Gallagher and sister, Martha Shearer, and step-children Curtis, Lauren and Craig Ewing and seven step-grandchildren and a step-great granddaughter. He was predeceased by his son, Edgar, sisters, Ann and Mary, and his former wife, Lucille Richardson.
On Monday, May 5th, the family will receive visitors at 10:30am and conduct a memorial service at 12pm at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, followed by a private interment for the extended family at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The family thanks the wonderful staff at the Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and encouragement.
In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you honor this great husband, father, grandfather, step-father, step-grandfather and step-great grandfather, by performing a random act of kindness for a stranger.
To send condolences, visit:
302 999 8277
Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from May 2 to May 4, 2014