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Thomas Gallagher, 81, of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday at his home. He was born on Oct. 3, 1935, in Corning to Albert and Catherine (Colvin) Gallagher. He was a 1953 graduate of Montgomery High School. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and served in the Indiana National Guard for several years. He received his bachelor's degree at Oakland City University and his master's degree at Indiana State University. He retired from the Barr-Reeve school system after 51 years of teaching mathematics and physics. He was very faithful to his Catholic faith. After retirement he enjoyed spending more time with his family, traveling, and gardening. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.
He is survived by three sons; Dr. John (Becky ) Gallagher of Loogootee, Randy (Angie) Gallagher of Montgomery and Rick Gallagher of Montgomery; two daughters, Dr. Karen (Brian) Gallagher-Horsting of Plainfield and Diane (Mark) Shake of Montgomery, special friend Jan Wake of Washington; 11 grandchildren; six great-granddaughters and was looking forward to the arrival of his first great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn (Riester) Gallagher on July 13, 1999, whom he married Aug. 23, 1958; sisters, Helen L. Doyle, Anna Fern Duncheon and Margaret Bullock.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter Catholic Church with Father James Koressel, Father Kenneth Walker and Father Joseph Erbacher as concelebrants. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. A rosary will be held at 2:45 p.m. Sunday followed by visitation from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 305 N. Second St., Montgomery, IN 47558, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or Barr-Reeve Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 25, Montgomery, IN 47558. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.edleemortuary.com
Published on February 16, 2017
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