Tell City, Ind.
Warren Elmer Galey, 91, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 13, 2014, having given his full measure of devotion to his family, country, and friends.
He was born on April 13, 1922, in St. Croix, Ind., through the union of Absolom Elmer Galey and Maggie Lorain Waddle. A 1941 graduate of Oil Township High School, he was an exemplar of what has come to be known as "The Greatest Generation." Warren proudly served his country from 1942 to 1967, originally enlisting in the United States Coast Guard
and transferring shortly thereafter into the United States Navy
. Rising to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer, leading to his nickname "Chief," he was an early member of the Naval Security Group, specializing in electronic intelligence gathering. This afforded Warren the opportunity to witness and often take part in many of history's most important events of the 20th century, including not only serving in three wars, but having a direct role in events such as the landing on Normandy Beach, the U2 spy plane incident, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. For these and numerous other efforts, Warren received special recognition from the United States for his service through the "Cold War." Though for many this would have in large part defined them, his service to country was only a sparkling facet in Warren's life. Treasured as it was, family was his greatest focus and joy. A tome could be written in an attempt to encapsulate Warren Galey's love and devotion. A memorable summation of his capacity comes in the form of a quote from himself wherein he simply stated, "everyone needs love."
Warren was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post #2939, American Legion Post #213, Sons of the American Revolution and had also gone through all ranks of the International Order of Odd Fellows. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.
Warren Elmer Galey is survived by his wife, Shirley Anice Galey, who he married on November 15, 1971; their three children, Timothy Alan Walters, Daniel Ray Walters, and David Eugene Galey; two sisters, Carrie Lorain Mahoney and Ida Mae Kasper, and four grandchildren, Logan James Walters, Jacob Andrew Walters, Sydney Renee Walters, and Audrey Elaine Walters. Of course, this is only a brief listing of those who were touched by Warren over the breadth of nearly 92 years on Earth, all of whom will no doubt miss the man. However, through us all, his memory and influence will reverberate for years to come as a lasting tribute to him.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel, with burial in Walker Cemetery in Branchville where there will be military graveside rites. Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, and from 11 a.m. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home. Bro. Bob Campbell will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Walker Cemetery or Veterans of Foreign Wars. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.huberfuneralhome.net