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Stanley Dean Gallaway


1922 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
FLAT ROCK -- Stanley Dean Gallaway, 92, passed away on Saturday Aug. 8, 2015 at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Myrtle Gallaway, his first wife of 44 years Georgia Robertson, brother Robert and sisters Beulah, Hilda, and Kathryn, and daughter Shirley.
Stan was born on a farm in Ashland, Ohio on September 22, 1922. He entered the Air Force in 1943, achieved the rank of Lt. Col. and was assigned to the Presidential Fleet from July 1958 through July 1966. He flew 3 presidents, numerous congressmen, Secretaries of State and Defense, and dignitaries while serving as the check pilot for all other pilots on Air Force One. His military career also included time as a test pilot and two years in Special Ops. Retiring from service in 1970, Stan then flew for the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia for two years followed by stints with other world leaders. He retired to Florida in 1978, moving to Lake Lure in 1984.
In retirement, Stan remained dedicated to family and community, serving for years in leadership positions with Fairfield Mountains Chapel and the Lions Club. He was a consummate golfer and family man, a patriot, and forever embodied his military code of ethics, polite determination, and leadership.
Stan is survived by his wife of 28 years, Dorothy Corpening Gallaway of Flat Rock, son Steven Gallaway and his wife Bonnie of Indio, California. Also his loving step-family, Pam and Steve Karr of Winston Salem, Clay and Joani Richardson of Morganton, and Mike and Kelli Richardson of Charlotte. He has 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Aug. 10, 2015
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