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Odyssea N. Gallanes D.D.S.


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Odyssea N. Gallanes D.D.S. Obituary
ODYSSEA N. GALLANES, D.D.S.
Age 96, and lifetime resident of Riverside, California, reposed peace- fully on November 12, 2017, in Moraga, California.
Born June 6, 1921 in Illinois, to Nikitas and Haido Gallanes, he was one of three siblings. His immigrant parents moved to Riverside, California in 1921. The family was among the first parishioners of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in San Bernardino. He graduated from high school, attended Riverside City College, and then enrolled in USC School of Dentistry. He graduated from USC and was drafted into the U.S. Military during WWII. His professional skills were used throughout the military, as he had the distinct honor to serve in three branches: Army, Navy and Marines.
With an honorable discharge, he returned to Riverside, California and established a general dental practice with his younger brother in 1946. They practiced together for approximately 34 years, whereupon he decided to begin his second career as a solo practitioner until his retirement in 2014, 68 years later.
In November 1963, Dr. Gallanes and Tula Marakas of Oakland, California were married. They would celebrate their 54th Wedding anniversary in 2017. They nurtured their nephews, Steven and George Counelis, as their own sons, from the time they were toddlers.
Odyssea's philanthropic interests included volunteering many hours of care to thousands of under-privileged school children, through the auspices of Riverside Unified School District. He served as President and Board Member of the St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. As a Shriner, he marched and played in the Shriner's Band. Odyssea enjoyed the outdoors. His big game hunting adventures took him to Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska and Canada.
We remember him for his love of God, love for his family, love for his church, and generous spirit, as exemplified through his service to others. He is survived by his loving wife, Tula Marakas Gallanes; his sister-in-law Anna Marakas Counelis; his nephew and family Hon. Steven and Stacia Counelis, Anna and Christos; his nephew and family Dr. George and Sophia Counelis, Demetrios and Demosthenes. May his memory be eternal!
All services to be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, CA 94602. Trisagion Service at 7 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017. Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery and Makaria to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, P.O. Box 400, Dunlap, CA 93621, or online at http://www.stnicholas ranch.org/donate; or Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 311, San Bernardino, CA 92402. Arrangements under the direction of Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745) Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-522-6020.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 16, 2017
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