TELL CITY – Warren Elmer Galey, 91, passed away at his home Thursday, March 13, 2014, having given his full measure of devotion to his family, country and friends.
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He was born April 13, 1922, in St. Croix, 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 serving in three wars and 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, these experiences would have largely defined them, Warren's service to country was only a sparkling facet in his 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 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2939, American Legion Post 213, Sons of the American Revolution and he also went 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, whom he married Nov. 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 his 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 were held Sunday, March 16, at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel, with burial in Walker Cemetery in Branch-ville where military graveside rites were to be conducted. The Rev. Bob Campbell officiated.
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.
Huber Funeral Home
1139 Twelfth Street Tell City, IN 47586
Published in Perry County News on Mar. 17, 2014