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Donald S. Gallaspy, Sr., of San Antonio passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013. Gallaspy was born on January 11, 1921, near Meridian, Mississippi, the middle son of John Russell and Ruth (McEnery) Gallaspy, Sr. He entered the United States Marine Corps on May 1, 1941 and married his teenage sweetheart Sibyl Fancher of McCool, Mississippi, in San Diego, California, on July 21, 1942. They had two sons, Don Jr., and Greg. Gallaspy retired from the Marines in 1968 as a Master Sergeant after serving more than 22 years of active duty which included tours during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. In the Pacific he fought with the 6th Marine Division on Guadalcanal and Okinawa and in Tsingtao, China where he was present at the signing of surrender of the Japanese forces there. After the Marine Corps he worked for Pearl Brewery, Buzza Cardoza Greeting Cards and was a vendor operator who served Handy Dan and Builders Square. He loved to play and watch baseball and played for the USMC softball team at San Pedro Park in the late 1950's. He coached Alamo Heights Lions Little League and Pony League teams for many years giving back to the youth of the community. He won numerous achievement awards during his civilian business career, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner at Alzafar Shrine Temple, one of the first graduates of the Alamo Heights Police Citizens Academy and won the 1987 San Antonio Seniors Grand Prix. He enjoyed building outhouses, collecting outhouse memorabilia and feeding his wild birds. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Sibyl, two brothers, John Russell Gallaspy, Jr., and Garland Miller Gallaspy, Sr., and a granddaughter, Lea Andrea Gallaspy. Gallaspy is survived by two sons including Donald Stuart Gallaspy, Jr., and wife Lynn (Luker), of Fredericksburg, Gregory Fancher Gallaspy and wife Kathy (West), of San Antonio, four grandchildren, Gregory Shelton Gallaspy and wife Jessica (Dolgener), of Fredericksburg, Christopher Stuart and wife Tara (Eckert), of Corpus Christi, Donald Stuart Gallaspy, III, of Austin, and Sibyl F. Gallaspy, of San Antonio, and he had three great-grandchildren: Harlie Lyn, Grace Ryann, and Allie Sophia Gallaspy. We wish to express special thanks to Vitas Hospice, Dr. Melba Beine and Mary Francis Gonzales for providing compassionate palliative care during this difficult time. Dad prayed daily thanking the Lord for letting him wake up to see the sunlight and that he had not "stepped on anyone's toes." He would never say "good-bye," rather "bye for now." In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, 603 E Hildebrand Ave, San Antonio, TX, 78212, or to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Private services will be held for family only, with a memorial reception to follow for family and close friends.
Published in Express-News on May 23, 2013
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