2011-01-13 / Obituaries

John William Gallaher

Hustontown, 76

John W. Gallaher, 76, Hustontown, died at home surrounded by his family, Saturday, January 8, 2011, from lung cancer.

Formerly of Camp Hill, he was born in Clear Ridge, Pa., on September 16, 1934, and was the son of the late Elder and Marjorie Gallaher.

Retired as superintendent from Interstate Tile and Mantel Co., Harrisburg, in 1996, he proudly gave 43 years of dedicated service. He supervised many landmark ceramic and marble projects, including the state capitol rotunda, Founder’s Hall in Hershey, Hershey Medical Center, Bryce Jordan Center and the Harbor Bay tunnels as well as colleges, high schools and shopping malls throughout Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

Licensed as a Securities and Exchange broker, he was a graduate of Hustontown High School in 1953, a charter member of the Plum Hollow Hunting Club, a former president of the Camp Hill Athletic Booster Club, and former Republican committeeperson. He was an active member of the Forbes Road Lions Club, president of the Clear Ridge Community Building Committee and a member of Knobsville United Methodist Church, Mc- Connellsburg.

He was preceded in death by infant son Todd Emanual and is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Edith Walker Gallaher, and three sons: Rev. Dr. Stephen E. Gallaher and wife Anne Sibbersen Gallaher, of Mechanicsburg; Corey J. Gallaher and wife Anne Deeter Gallaher, of Camp Hill; Chad A. Gallaher and wife Wendy Reese Gallaher, of Camp Hill; and a sister, Joyce Strait, of Hustontown.

A champion of family time, he also treasured his grandchildren: Megan Burrus and husband Matt, Carrie Beth Ent and husband Michael, Kaitlin Gallaher, Joshua Gallaher and wife Mallary Boyer Gallaher, Aaron Gallaher, Benjamin Gallaher, Alexander Gallaher, Morgan Gallaher, and two great-grandchildren: Ryan and Joshua Burrus.

Deeply admired for his work ethic and cherished for his gentle spirit and contagious laughter, he loved the outdoors. Hunting and fishing with his sons, gardening, and driving his Gator around the farm were favorite hobbies. Courage, character and faith are his certain legacy.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 16, at 2 p. m., Knobsville United Methodist Church, 11048 Waterfall Road, McConnellsburg. Friends and family will also be received at the Martin Brown Funeral Home in Hustontown, on Friday, January 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Salt ’n Light Youth Ministry Inc., 401 Skyport Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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