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Duane Galligan

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Duane (Dewey) Joseph Galligan, age 92 of New Hampton, Iowa, died Thursday, June 6, 2019, at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery, New Hampton with Jason Winter, Jamie Galligan, Shane Galligan, Tyler Boos, Trent Condon, Jacob Boos, Kirk Sweitzer, Dylan Boos, Colten Galligan, Dakota Sweitzer, Anthony Sweitzer and Tristan Sweitzer and serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Jennifer Worrell, Sarah Vice, Jackie McGeough, Missy Hartung, Katie Kral, Jewel Condon, Sydney Galligan and Amanda Uhlenhake. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton where there will be an 8:00 p.m. parish scripture service. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass on Friday at the church. Duane Joseph Galligan was born June 9, 1926, in Lawler, IA, the son of Joseph and Florence (Underwood) Galligan. He attended school in Lawler and graduated from the high school in 1943. Dewey was drafted in the United States Army and served our country as a Staff Sergeant during World War II. After returning from the war, Dewey was reunited with Celine Burgart. The couple was married June 25, 1947, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Hampton. To this union, nine children were born. The couple began farming north of New Hampton, where they spent several years there. Dewey then took a position with the ASC office in New Hampton and spent over twenty years with there. Later he worked for Farmers COOP in New Hampton and worked in the sales department until his retirement. Upon retiring, Dewey kept occupied with a variety of part time jobs that he enjoyed. After 52 wonderful years of marriage, Celine passed away on November 13, 1999. Several years later, he married Mille Vrzak in 2008. Dewey had a passion for collecting coins, playing horse shoes and cards. He enjoyed golfing with his family, messing around in his yard, and tinkering with things. He liked woodworking, especially for Galligan Home Spun Crafts. Dewey liked to take an occasional trip to the casino, and always seemed to win. Dewey loved to attend all of his grandchildren's sporting events. He was an active member with Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and enjoyed ushering at St. Joes. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and always had positive and happy energy that would rub off on others around him. Duane is survived by his wife, Millie Galligan of Cresco, IA; eight children, Colleen Leichtman of New Hampton, IA, Tom (Sandie) Galligan of Panama City Beach, FL, Denny Galligan of Reinbeck, IA, Mary (John) Winter of McGregor, IA, Bob (Kymm) Galligan of New Hampton, IA, Shellie (Steve) Boos of New Hampton, IA, Dick (Sharon Moeller) Galligan of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lona (Chad) Sweitzer of New Hampton, IA; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Jim (Doris) Galligan of New Hampton, IA; two brothers-in-law, Cliff (Marian) Burgart of New Hampton, IA, Reynold (Carol) Burgart of New Hampton, IA; sister-in-law, Janet Galligan of New Hampton, IA; along with many nieces and nephews; and Millie's family. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Celine; son, Joey Galligan; brother, Chuck Galligan; son-in-law, Rich Leichtman.

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  1. Galligan family, sorry to hear about your father. Treasure your memories and share them often. Brad and Maureen Northrup

  2. My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the entire Galligan family. So sorry for your Loss, prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  3. We will not be able to attend Duane’s services. Offering thoughts and sympathy to his nice family.

  4. My sincere sympathy to all the Galligan family. Your Dad was a great guy. Sending love and prayers.

  5. To the Galligan family,
    Our deepest condolences to you for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate his life. May he rest in peace!
    Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  6. Our sympathy and prayers for the Galligan family.
    We will be unable to attend the Service.
    Louise and Donn Harris

  7. To all of the Galligan Family our prayers and thoughts are with you all,.Tom and Duane shared some great times together in the Kof C. Tom and Marian Gebel

  8. Millie sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. Our prayers go out to the family.God Bless you all Marge and Dave Mayo 1080 Kelly Dr Nashville North Carolina 27856

  9. Our sympathy to the Galligan family. There are many fond memories where your Dad is concerned

  10. May the memories of Duane console you in the next days. All our thoughts and prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  11. So sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. Keeping the Galligan families in our thoughts and prayers. Larry and Phyllis

  12. Our deepest sympathies to the families of Duane. Fond memories and his contagious smile will always be remembered.

  13. My sympathy to the Galligan families of Duane. So sorry to here of Duane’s passing. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Kendall Rosauer

  14. Dear Millie & all of the Galligan families, Prayers and sympathy to all of you. I was so happy that I got to see Dewey one last time on Wednesday morning. There are so many memories I have a your dad. We spent so many times at your home playing cards and then presenting him with a Quilt of Valor. He will be remembered always and may he now rest in peace as he joins Celine in the Heavenly Kingdom. Karen and Merle

  15. Sorry to hear the news of Dewey passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Galligan family. Tom & Carol Hentges

  16. Thinking of all of the Galligans at this sorrowful time. Dewey was a Gem of a guy! We feel so lucky to have been apart of many fun filled memories with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. His special Irish twinkle in his eyes will live through you all. Hugs & Love…The Testroet’s

  17. Mary, Lona, and all of Dewey’s family – please know you have my deepest sympathy. I am praying for all of you at this difficult time.

  18. Sorry to hear of Duane’s passing,remember him from 65 or more years always liked him nice gentleman. will say a prayer for the family and Duane.

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