Edward Francis Galarus passed away at home on Oct., 12, 2012. He was born Feb. 5, 1922 in St. Clair, Pa. Edward served stateside in the Army during World War II, eventually at Mount Rainier Ordinance in Washington State, where he met Muriel Evans, his soon to be wife and eternal love. Ed and Muriel were married in Las Cruces, N.M. on Dec. 24, 1945, and lived in Tacoma, Wash., Norristown, Pa. and St. Clair, Pa. before settling down in Missoula. In Missoula, Ed worked for the Northern Pacific Railway From 1952 to 1957. He then was employed by DeFoe and Jenny Excavating until 1964, when he became a custodian for the Missoula County High Schools. He retired in 1986 after working at Sentinel High School and eventually at Big Sky High School. He was known by students, teachers and administrators as "smiling Eddie." Ed moved to Bozeman in 2003 with his son and daughter, Doug and Jana and granddaughter, Rachelle. He adjusted well to Bozeman and particularly being a parishioner at Holy Rosary in Bozeman. He enjoyed life with his family in Bozeman, and gave hugs and kisses to granddaughter, Lucy and grandson, Michael before bedtime every night. Ed was a kind, thoughtful and spiritual man, and his family was blessed to have him. He was a beloved father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
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Ed was preceded in death by his mother, Anna; father, Frank; brother, Mike; sister, Mary; nephew, Ron; nephew, Mike; son, Mike; and his beloved wife, Muriel.
Ed is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Jana, granddaughter, Lucy, and grandson, Michael, of Bozeman; granddaughter, and grandson-in-law, Rachelle and Charles Williams of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; a nephew, Albert Galarus in Florida; niece, MaryAnne McCardle in Conshohocken, Pa.; niece, Marie Galarus of Bradenton, Fla.; and numerous grand-nieces and nephews and friends.
A rosary service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 followed by a vigil service at 5 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Parish in Bozeman on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula on Oct. 23, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 17, 2012