Jay Davis Galloway, 82, of Shelley, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at The Willows Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in Blackfoot.
Jay was born Nov. 21, 1931, to William Harold Galloway and Delma Davis Galloway in Shelley.
He joined the Navy on Aug. 30, 1950, and served during the Korean War. He primarily served on the USS Sitkoh Bay after having attending machine repairman school. The Sitkoh Bay was assigned to the Military Sealift Service and sailed between the west coast and Japan as well as supporting U.N. forces in Korea and delivering equipment to the French forces at Saigon in French Indochina. He also served on the USS Windham Bay and the USS Thomas Jefferson. All three vessels shuttled equipment, supplies and troops to and from battle areas in the Pacific theater.
After returning to Idaho, he married Mona Beus Galloway in October 1951 and began work as a machinist for Bellevue Manufacturing/American Enterprises until it burnt down in the early 1970s. Shortly thereafter, he went to work for the R.T. French Company (later sold to Pillsbury) as a machinist. Jay retired from Pillsbury in 1994. He also ran a small machine shop out of his home and would often make parts for just about anyone who showed up at his doorstep.
Jay was an avid gun enthusiast and enjoyed hunting and shooting immensely. He was an experienced quick draw and would frequently spend most of his free time either reloading his own ammunition or target practicing and teaching his kids and grandkids how to shoot.
Jay is survived by sibling, John Delbert Galloway; children, William Harold Galloway (Holly Noyes), LaDell Fielding Barrus (Guy Barrus), Steven Kay Galloway, Rachel Riles, Kim Shane Galloway (Desirae Aimes), and Delma Chester; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, William Curtis Galloway, Lewis Galloway, Lee Hugh (Oliver) Galloway, Harold William Galloway and George Arnold Galloway; wife, Mona Beus Galloway; children, Tom Blaine Galloway and Robert James Galloway; and grandchildren, Henderson Galloway, Nicholas Noyes Galloway and Jamie Lynn Fishback.
A memorial celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the North Bingham County Park shelter next to the RV parking, 587 E. 1250 North in Shelley next to the Snake River. Bring a dish or just bring yourself and reminisce about the good times spent with Jay.