Messamer, Galen Howard |
Galen Howard Messamer, 93, passed away on June 8, 2013 at his home in Long Beach, CA. He was born on August 17, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, to Orlo and Margaret Messamer. He was the youngest of their seven children.
Howard grew up in Adel, Iowa. After graduating high school, Howard headed west with $5 in his pocket. He worked as a ranch hand, pulling from his years of experience being raised on a farm, while simultaneously putting himself through school. He attended UCLA, where he received a bachelors in teaching, and went on to Cal State Long Beach for his masters.
Howard met Alice Gallagher on the tennis courts of Santa Monica and soon married her in 1943 in Long Beach, CA. They were happily married for 63 years. Their home was a destination for family events and holidays, and all were welcome.
Howard signed up for the Naval Reserve V-7 program in 1942, commonly referenced by him as "the 90 day wonders". The Navy was a huge part of his life and he felt strongly that "anyone who could be of use should answer the call". He lived every aspect of his life that way-with a generous, loving heart and service to others- his family, friends and country.
He worked for Anaheim High School and taught Industrial Arts, Woodshop, Mathematics, Machine Shop, and Drafting in Redlands and Anaheim over 37 years. In his free time, he enjoyed discovering the many wonders of the USA through weeks of camping, yearly passes to Disneyland to watch the parade/take his grandkids or dance to the big band music with Alice. And let's not forget all those nights of playing cards with his close group of long time friends!
Howard is survived by his daughters Janet Ferguson (Dale) and Bonnie Womer (Jim); 6 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at Hilgenfeld Mortuary, 120 E. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805, at 12:30pm, Friday, June 14, 2013. A visitation will be held prior to the service, from 10:30-12:30. Burial will follow the funeral at Fairhaven Cemetery, 1702 E Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705. A reception will follow, at the home of his daughter, Jan Ferguson, at 4827 E Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA 90814. Hilgenfeld Mortuary
Published in Orange County Register on June 13, 2013