John P. Galles
1925 - 2019
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John P. Galles, 94, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Alden Gardens of Waterford. He was born April 5, 1925 in Aurora, IL.

John was a dedicated and devoted man who took great pride in his family and city too. He was strong willed, yet humble, who was generous to a fault. He set high standards for himself in morals and dignity as well as in others. He always found pleasure in helping friends, family, or a stranger in need. Faith was his strength. John served in the U.S. Navy for three years, mainly in the Guam Medical Corp. He was discharged in 1946 as Pharmacist 2nd Class. John graduated from East Aurora High School in 1942 and he married Emilie Rippinger on November 27, 1947. (Written by Emilie)

John was a longtime business owner of Johno's Main Surplus for many years in downtown Aurora. He was heavily involved in scouting and Aurora Boys baseball and football leagues. He was a member of the City of Aurora Board. He served as Grand Marshall in the 4th of July Parade. The Solfisberg field was named John Galles Sports Complex in his honor.

He is survived by 5 children David (Jane), Michael (Cindy), John (Susan), Terry (Margi), and Josie (Bruce) Dow; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Emilie Galles; his parents Anna (Perisot) and John P. Galles; his granddaughter Rachel Conley; and three sisters Catherine (Stan) Thryselius, Mary (Joe) Yanko, and Betty (Jon) Schmeisser.

Funeral from THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY will be Monday, August 19, 2019 at 9:30am to Annunciation Church at 10:00am. Fr. Joel Rippinger, OSB will officiate with interment at Marywood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 3:00pm unitl 7:00pm with a liturgical wake service at 4:00pm at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, 630-631-5500. Please visit our interactive website at where you may leave condolences for John's family.

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Published in Beacon News on Aug. 16, 2019.
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August 9, 2020
I miss his friendship and our great conversations.
Jo Fredell Higgins
August 21, 2019
To the Galles family,
I have fond memories of John from the many visits to Johno's Main Surplus and Johno's Trophies. As a teenager, I would go to "Mr Galles" with my dad, Hank, to fit my bowling balls. Then, so many years of buying trophies for my 2 leagues.
My family was blessed to have the Galles family as part of our church membership. I so appreciated his being my lector at my wedding.
He was a wonderful person and my heart goes out to all of you.
Sue (Yager) Johnson
Susan Johnson
August 21, 2019
Well done, good and faithful servant, John. I will miss our morning visits at Alden and discussions of current events. Your great positive attitude was remarkable.
Jo Fredell Higgins
August 19, 2019
To all of the Galles family, my heart and prayers are with you. He and Emilie were a combine force in all that they accomplished.
They lead their family and community is love and faith. Rest in peace dear sweet Johnny.
You will be missed but you have left your mark on your community. Hugs and love. Sherry (Gutierrez) Hickey, Sparta, Tn.
Sherry Hickey
August 19, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family. I will keep John and Emmy in my prayers. Have many great memories of visits with both of them while visiting the store.
Jeff Swanson
August 18, 2019
The Greater Aurora USBC bowling association extends their heartfelt sympathies to the Galles family in their loss. John was so loved by the bowling community, he was inducted into the Aurora Bowling Association's Hall of Fame in 1980 in the "Service To The Game" category. He will truly be missed by all of the bowlers.
Barbara Leckbee
August 18, 2019
You were the best of your time!
Denny Van Cleve
August 17, 2019
I have fond memories of John Galles from the many visits to
Johno's Main Surplus. I would stop in there to buy equipment for work or sometimes just to visit. John's generosity to the First Responders and the Aurora Community, along with his big heart will be truly missed. My sincere and deepest sympathy to the Galles family.

M. Prosek
August 16, 2019
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August 16, 2019
John, you were a great man. You served our country with honor just as you served the people who entered your business. I first met you as a 12 yr.old boy wanting to fish the Fox. Stopping in your store to look at all the lures you had. After finding just the right one, I realized I didn't have enough money. You asked me how much I had, I said about 70 cents and you told me that it was enough, when in reality I was about 40 cents short. Then I was lucky enough that my younger sister Cindy married your son Mike. I always enjoyed visits with you at the family gatherings at Mike and Cindy's. You are an inspiration to all Aurorans, family and friends. I'm proud to have known you. Rest In Peace with your lovely Emmy. Your Friend Bruce.
Bruce Schmidt
August 16, 2019
My brothers and I would come into Main Surplus as kids back in the '70's with our Dad when it was across the street from Hayden's in downtown Aurora. John then took over the vacated Hayden's location years later. As adults, we would go into John's store from time to time and he would always greet us with a "Hello Mr. Long". He always remembered us even if a couple of years would pass in between visits. Like my Dad, I also coached boys baseball in Plainfield for a number of years. John and I would talk baseball each time I came into the store. I came to see him one early summer afternoon a number of years ago and he greeted me with his usual " Hello Mr. Long" then proceeded to ask me if I was still coaching baseball out in Plainfield. When I told him I was, he said come on upstairs I've got something for you. I followed John up the stairs and he started filling up a canvas baseball equipment bag full of baseballs,gloves and catchers gear. I practically had to stop him because he was putting so much in the bag. I still have that bag of equipment today as I now am coaching my grandson.I will never forget his kindness and generosity that he showed me as well as my Dad and brothers over the years. John was an institution in Aurora and will be truly missed. Best regards to the family, Patrick Long.
August 16, 2019
John & Emmy were two of the kindest giving people I know. We grew up with the Galles kids and there was almost nothing sports that the neighborhood (and Aurora!) kids did without. John even built a hockey rink in their backyard every year for the neighborhood kids to play on.
He was a devout Christian and it showed in his everyday life.
There will never be a kinder man than John.
Prayers for the family.
R.I.P. Mr. Galles, you deserve it.
Gary & Diane
Gary & Diane Wildy
August 16, 2019
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