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John M. Gallagher, Jr.

John M. Gallagher, Jr.

January 21, 2018

John Gallagher, age 95, of Eau Claire passed away Sunday afternoon, January 21, 2018 at Heatherwood Assisted Living and Memory Care in Eau Claire.

John was born April 25, 1922 to Eleanor and Jack Gallagher in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He spent his childhood in Eau Claire, with his sister, Miriam (Kildahl) and attended Eau Claire Senior High School. After graduating, he attended the University of Minnesota and played on the 1941 Minnesota Gopher football team. In 1942 he transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and played football for the Badgers. John entered ROTC training as a Marine, in Michigan and played football for the Wolverine’s. He married Betty Johnson, January 13, 1945 at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

After serving as a Marine Lieutenant in Guam, he returned to the University of Wisconsin and played again with the Badgers. After earning his Major in Physical Education and Science, he followed his passion of coaching and teaching, by beginning his career in Ironwood Michigan, before returning to Eau Claire to start a family. John and his wife Betty, would go on to have three children: Sandra, Patricia and Michael.

After coaching football, teaching science and physical education at Eau Claire Senior High School, he became principal at Memorial High School in 1962, he retired from his position as principal in 1976.  During that time, he was on the Board of Directors for the WIAA. After retirement he worked with his close friend, Dave Donnellan in the real estate business and also was on the city council. He was also inducted in the Memorial High School Hall of Fame in 2009.

His favorite thing to do on his down time, was to vacation in Puerto Vallarta, with his wife, Betty and many friends old and new. They went every winter for over 30 years! Another passion was his fishing trips to Canada with his son and buddies to fish walleyes. He was also an avid Badger and Packer fan.

He is survived by: daughter Pat (Larry) Bugher of Eau Claire, son Michael (Lynn) Gallagher of Eau Claire, grandchildren: Jodi (Paul) Bowe, Staci (Tony) Eggert-Dziedzie, John (Keary) Bugher, Sarah Bugher, Dana Gallagher and Ryan Gallagher, 5 great-grandchildren and sister Miriam Kildahl.

John in preceded in death by his wife Betty; parents; daughter Sandy Grafenauer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund or to the Alzheimer's Association in John's name.

Memorial service will take place at 5 pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services with Pastor David Irgens officiating.  Visitation will take place Saturday afternoon at the funeral home from 3pm until the time of service. Burial will take place in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire at a later date.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation

Visitation will take place Saturday afternoon at the funeral home from 3pm until the time of service.

Service

Memorial service will take place at 5 pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services with Pastor David Irgens officiating.