Bernard M. “Bernie” Gallagher

June 10, 1934 ‒ August 12, 2014

Marion, Ohio

Bernard M. “Bernie” Gallagher, age 80, of Marion, died Tuesday afternoon, August 12, 2014, at the Marion General Hospital, with his loving wife by his side following an arduous battle with cancer.

On June 10, 1934, Bernard was born in Radnor, Ohio, the only child of Bernard “Ben” Sr. and Marguerite (Wright) Gallagher Miley.  Losing his father at a very young age, he and his mother moved around until they found a home in Marion, when he was 15 years old.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1952.

Shortly after graduating high school, Bernard married his high school sweetheart, his one true love, Sandra Denton, eloping on August 13, 1952.  They were just one day shy of celebrating their 62 wedding anniversary.

For over 50 years, Bernard was proud to serve the Marion community as a State Farm Insurance Agent.  For 37 of those years, he enjoyed having his wife Sandra there helping him answer the phones and stay on top of all of the paperwork.  Being an insurance agent was truly his life’s passion, as he loved taking care of the needs of his clients, which were more like friends to him.  He also had a remarkable memory of most every car he ever insured, and could still remember the car your father drove in the 1950’s.

Having a huge heart for pets, Bernard saved 100’s of animals over the past 60 years, even saving a goat once.  In his car, he always had cat food and a leash, just in case they came across a cat or dog in need of a home.  He and Sandra had countless pets together, as they brought many of their strays at home with them.  For several years, he also served on the Marion Area Humane Society board.

Taking pride in everything he owned, Bernard thoroughly enjoyed working in the yard at home, which he often referred to as “therapy” for him.  He also was meticulous with how he cared for his cars and his extensive tool collection.

With a thirst for knowledge, Bernard was always reading the newspaper, magazines, and books of all varieties.  He also enjoyed putting together puzzles.

A “good” man in every way, Bernard never judged anyone and could see the best in everyone.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Sandra Gallagher of Marion; his daughter, Kimmerly Gallagher of Westbrook, Maine; and his granddaughter, Shannon Badgett of South Portland, Maine.

Per Bernard’s wishes, services will not be observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyandot County Humane Society, 9640 County Highway 330, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351 ( and the Marion Area Humane Society, 2264 Richland Road, Marion, OH 43302 (

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Bernie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Dearest Sandra and Family:
    God bless you Sandra you
    Are truly in our prayers. You and Bernie
    Had such a special relationship that so
    Few have so in brace that love and remember all those special times that you shared together. If you need anything at all please know that I am here for you.

    Dana and Connie Crowell

  • So sorry to hear Bernie passed. As my dad used to say “hang in there”. Maybe Bernie and Bob Judy are playing cards together again.

  • He was a throw back to the days of being a Gentleman ! Knew him for 50 years and every meeting up with him started with a smile !

  • He was a throw back to another era , he was a Gentleman . I knew him for 50 years and every time you seen him it started with a smile !

  • So very sorry for the loss of your precious loved one. He was a blessing to us many times. We already miss seeing you both. Our prayers are with you.

  • We had the honor to work with Bernie for thirty years. I always enjoyed the talks with Bernie when I stopped by his office. He always made time to talk. Linda and I will silently miss him.

  • I have known Mr. Gallagher all my life, 42 years. He was our family insurance man for everything. After my mother and father passed, I continued to have him as my insurance man. He was an knowledgeable man and a great man for any animal or person in need. I will miss him terribly. GOD has gained a wonderful man.

  • Our extended family members were served by Bernie & Sandra in all manner of insurance needs over four generations. His work (both as an agent and an animal lover) and his family were his greatest joys and we appreciated the time and care he always shared with us. I was sorry to have missed saying goodbye in person when he decided to close the office, and will forever regret not making the extra effort to stop by for one more firm handshake and a big smile! He is already greatly missed…..The Adams’ family.