JOHN JOSEPH GALLAGHER, Caro,MI, formerly of Frankenmuth, Escanaba & Saginaw passed away peacefully on Friday, March 5, 2010 at his home surrounded by the love of his family, at the age of 88. Jack was born as the identical twin to William Joseph Gallagher in his familys home in Curwensville, PA on Feb. 15, 1922, the son of the late Edward Andrew and Jessica Clare (McLaughlin) Gallagher.
He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps after enlisting with his twin brother in June of 1944. He was discharged in June of 1946 after having served as a Sergeant with the 301st Heavy Bombardment Group 15 Air Force, and saw combat in Italy and Germany.
Following his discharge from the Army Air Corps, Jack began work at Ford Motor Company, until taking a position as an engineer at Chrysler Headquarters in Highland Park. He was united in marriage to the former Eileen Rose Ziegenfelder in Detroit on Sept. 7, 1946, and the couple cherished 62 years together before her death in January of 2009.
Jack was a lifelong and faithful Catholic, and was a member of St. Gemma Parish in Detroit as an usher, an active member of the churchs mens club and an integral part of the formation of its credit union, all while putting nine children through St. Gemma Catholic School. Most recently, he was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Caro. Jacks greatest legacy is the incredible love story that was lived everyday with his soulmate. His final wish was to dance again with the love of his life in heaven, and on Friday, with his loving family by his side, he went to his beloved Eileen.
Jack was an avid dog lover and also enjoyed camping, visiting his property on Big Wolf Lake and sharing a beer while talking with family and friends.
Left to cherish Jacks memory are nine children and their spouses, William and Dalene Gallagher of New Baltimore, Linda Guldner of Redford, Robert and Darlene Gallagher of Canton Township, Janet Gallagher of Caro, James and Lori Gallagher of Fenton, Marianne and William Chapin of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Jill and Timothy Bowker of Troy, Patrick and Mary Gallagher of Farmington, John and Jeanne Gallagher of Felton, CA; 24 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his twin brother, William Gallagher of Detroit and many nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by four sisters, Rosemary Holton, Regina Gallagher, Marjorie Metzner and infant sister, Helen Gallagher, all of Pennsylvania; two brothers, Edward Gallagher and Burtis Gallagher, both of Detroit.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Caro with Rev. Dennis Kucharczyk officiating. Military honors, afforded by the Caro American Legion Post #7 and the United States Air Force will follow the service. The family will receive friends at Ransford Funeral Home in Caro on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:30 a.m. A Rosary Service will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.ransfordfuneralhome.com.
Sgt. Joseph J Gallagher was assigned to the 301st BG 301st HQ.
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