Don R. Galleher

April 12, 1932 ‒ April 16, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Don R. Galleher, age 87, of Mount Gilead, was received into the Lord’s arms Tuesday evening, April 16, 2019, while at his home surrounded by his loving family.

On April 12, 1932, Don was born in Mount Gilead to the late Chester and Eva “Geraldine” (Neff) Galleher. He graduated from Mount Gilead High School with the class of 1950 and later went on to get his Bachelors of Science in Dairy Science from The Ohio State University.

In 1952, on July 27, Don married the love of his life, Bonny L. Geyer at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

During college Don participated in ROTC and then served as an officer in the United States Army. He was deployed overseas just after the Korean War to assist in the U.S. led rebuilding efforts.

Don was a lifelong farmer. Don also enjoyed sharing his knowledge of farming and dedicated 25 years to teaching Vocational Agriculture at Mount Gilead and then Buckeye Valley. After retiring from full time teaching, Don would continue to help develop young minds as a substitute teacher at Mount Gilead.

With a heart for serving, Don loved to give back to the community. He was an FFA Advisor and member of the Farm Bureau. Don was also a superintendent for the Ohio State Fair Junior Division in the swine and sheep barns. Don was especially fond of showing his vegetables at the Morrow County Fair.

A man of deep faith, Don served his Lord and Savior at The Pines Christian Church. If the church doors were open, Don was there to minister to the needs of the church. Over the years Don served as an elder, youth leader, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was the sunday school superintendent.

When Don wasn’t tending to the needs of the church, farm, or his family, he could be found in his garden or cheering  for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Indians. With a love only a grandpa could give, Don enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and often attended their various sporting or theater events. He and Bonny also shared many road trips with Roxie and Donald Fry as they drove all over the eastern side of the U.S. and for 10 years wintered in Florida together.

Don will be dearly missed by his wife, Bonny; children: Michael (Karen) Galleher, Betsy (Jim) Anderson, and Barbara (Joseph) Wallenfelsz; grandchildren: Melinda Galleher, Kerry (Kevin) Ruhl, Jared Anderson, Seth (Hannah) Anderson, Joseph (Carla) Wallenfelsz, and Nathan (Nicole) Wallenfelsz; great grandchildren: Kayla, Nolan, Ainsley, and Jackson Wallenfelsz, and Caleb and Logan Ruhl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister: Peggy Sue Cranston.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 11 AM, at The Pines Christian Church, with Dr. Jeff Collins officiating.( 6775 US-42, Mt Gilead, OH 43338) Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Don’s memory to The Pines Christian Church and/or Hospice of Morrow County.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Don’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Heaven gained a other angel so sorry for your lost 🙏 at this time for all.from the The Chris &Debora Lloyd

  • Sorry to hear about Don’s death. Know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  • He will surely be missed , but what a joy he must be in Heaven ! We loved Don and will never forget what a wonderful example in Christ he was . Love and prayers to you all.

  • God bless you all. I remember Me. Gallagher as a kind and gentle man who enjoyed his family and bread pudding. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs and love!
    Pam Waters

  • Dear Bonny, We are so sorry for your loss, but so very thankful for God’s promises to each of us as His children, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Don was Christopher’s first Bible School Teacher at the Pines and he baptized Samuel into Christ. He was our very beloved elder for years. Each of us upon hearing of Don’s passing said the same thing- “Heaven has gained a very honorable man.” Love you and praying for God’s comfort and blessings in your life.

  • Through our tears, I know the angels are rejoicing! Don will always be treasured. Sending much love and prayers to Bonnie and the rest of the family. I’m thankful to call him friend & look forward to seeing him again someday…
    Love Always,
    Farah & Family

  • So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was truly one of the good guys. Prayers for Bonnie and the whole family.

  • Bonny and family. My heart is heavy for your loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers as you made the journey. I treasure the many memories we have shared through the years. But I know you find comfort in knowing that he is “home”. May you find comfort and support from yout deep faith all my love Jody

  • I’m praying for you Bonny, Mike, Betsy, Barb & family. It was a priviledge to serve beside him as an elder. He was truly a good Christian man. He leaves behind a great legacy. He will be missed.
    Kenneth Keen

  • I’m sorry for your loss. I enjoyed serving on the farm bureau board with Don. He made a mean lamb chili

  • Dear Bonny. So sorry for your loss. He was a great man. And loved by all. I know he is in the best place. And happy to be with the lord. PRAYERS HUGS AND LOVE to you always Your friend. Mark a Wallace.

  • Betsy, Bonnie, Barb and Mike, he was a kind man and very sweet to me while visiting Betsy those years during high school. May God’s healing arms wrap around you. Hugs to all Beth Kreider Marchant.

  • Bonnie and family .. we are so sorry for your loss.. Don was an inspiration to so many and such a strong man of faith .. a true man of God .. no matter how long we have them it is never long enough.. may God grant you all peace and the strength you need to get through this time of loss… you are all in our thoughts and prayers …🙏🙏🙏… love, Jeff and Annette Wise and family …

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers the angels wrap their wings around your amazing family and give you peace and comfort at this difficult time. My heart goes out to you all.

  • Your family is so very special to us.
    Don will be so very missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult time. I had such respect for him as a teacher and advisor during my high school years. What a great influence.

  • Our loss is heavens gain for sure. Don was an amazing man and so highly respected by us. Always thoughtful, kind, soft spoken…just a gentle and godly man. Love and hugs to you all. Treasure your precious memories.

  • An honorable man whom I loved very much. I always admired his sense of humor, his love for his Lord, the Lord’s church, and his family. Certain few men have come into my life and left a profound impression and Don is one of those men. I was blessed to know him and feel blessed to call him my brother in Christ. Looking forward to our reunion one day when in the presence of our Lord we both stand.

  • We are so saddened to hear of Don leaving us. I always enjoyed seeing him walking in the mornings. He had a servants heart and lived a life that honored Jesus. I still think of his parents and how wonderful they were. My heart goes out to Bonnie. May the Lord send peace and rest to you all.

  • Such an amazing teacher! He will be missed by so many. Bless you all and peace for healing your sorrow.

  • News of Heaven’s gain, somehow develops vivid memories. So glad thee art so many to reminisce.
    Thank you, Bonny for you and Don being a part of my life. Prayers for comport in these coming days. Mike, Betsy & Barb. May each of you find comfort in your treasured memories. You father was an eternal influence on so many!
    Love to each and prayers for you and your families.
    Robyn

  • Thinking of you, Mike, and the extended Galleher family at this time.
    Wishing you comfort in your memories.

  • So sorry for your loss. Don was a great Christian man and always a great example for others. My sons and I are glad to have known him. We will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time. I am sure he is in heaven rejoicing.

  • Bonnie, Mike, Betsy, Barb and families.
    It’s difficult to find the perfect words to express our feelings at this sad time. But I guess we should just set our feelings aside and look at the many accomplishments that Don made during his lifetime, and they were many. So many I’m not going to even try to list them here. But we all know where Don is today and the Angels are still celebrating. From the Dodrill Clan

  • I’m so sorry about your loss. He was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed.

  • Karen and Betsy, please express my condolences to the family. I don’t know what to say, except that the loss of a spouse or a parent is very difficult. My heart goes out to everyone and as said you will see him again some day.

  • Bonny and family,
    So sorry for your loss, Don was gentle man and will be missed. I have many memories of Don from younger years and what a great influence he was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
    Love,
    Carol & Ed Sickmiller

  • Bonny and family, Sorry for your loss. It was an honor and a privilege to know Don and enjoy him and learn from him in Sunday school. We will miss him very much at church. God bless youall and praying for your comfort and healing.

  • Bonny and the entire family,
    So sorry for your loss… our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family..we know you will lean on and support each other…

  • You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close and give you comfort.
    I remember him as a hard-working and loyal supporter in the fair sheep barn.
    Dave and Brenda(Huvler) Thompson family

  • Dear Bonny, Have so many good memories of the years going through school with you and Don. May God bless you and your children. I know Don is smiling down on you.

  • Don was one of my greatest mentors. I was a student of Don’s in the 80’s at Buckeye Valley. My love for farming, FFA, and country living is because of him. My life is better because of Mr
    Gallagher. Sadd day, and words will never be enough. With great respect and saddness, Mark. God’s garden will be well trended