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LeRoy M. Galgan

Galgan, LeRoy Michael Died on March 27, 2013 at Rolling Hills Manor in Zion, IL. Mike was born to Hazel and Anthony Galgan on March 1, 1922 in St. Paul, MN. He grew up on "The Flats" of the West Side of St. Paul. He enjoyed a childhood playing Hide n Seek, Kick the Can, going to the Movies for a dime, swimming in the Mississippi and hanging out at The Neighborhood House! Mike enjoyed going to school at Laffettye Grade School, Roosevelt Jr. High and Humboldt Senior High where he graduated in 1939. WWII halted as his education as he entered the U.S Navy in 1942 as an Aviation Radio Man 1st, providing coastal aerial surveillance Stationed in Belem, Brazil and Sand Point Navy Base in Seattle, WA. He was honorably discharged in November 12, 1945. He married Avis Lillehaugen while stationed in Seattle, WA. After the war Mike continued his education: 1946-50, BS in Mathematics from Superior State College, WI; Masters Degree in "Curriculum and Instruction" from U. of Minnesota. Mike began his career of teaching and coaching in 1950 at Iron River High School, WI and in 1952 he accepted a teaching position of Math and Physics at Warren Twp. High School, Gurnee, IL, where he spent his Career 1952-1988 as a: Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director and Business Manager. Mike coached Football, Basketball and Baseball. His 1957-58 Varsity Basketball team advanced to the Sectional Playoffs. Mike spent his summers working part-time for the Illinois State Highway Department as a Civil Engineer (13 years) as well as for Lake County for 3 years. As a man of his community, among his many volunteer positions, he served on the Newport Elementary School Board. For 11 years, he was elected as a member of The Board of Trustees for Newport Township. He was also a member of the Lake County Farm Bureau and was recognized as an outstanding Educator in Who's Who in American Education 1973-74. After Mike retired from his Teaching and Coaching Career he spent his time serving his community and attending to his forty-acre farm along with his wife, Avis. He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Fran Morgan and Helen Sampson. Avis, his wife, of 67 years went to be with the Lord in 2011. Since her death he enjoyed living with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in California and Illinois. He is survived by his four children: Bruce (Karen) Galgan, Richard (Sandy) Galgan, Raleigh (Mary) Galgan and Delana (Greg) Hardacre and his 10 grandchildren and and 32 great-grandchildren. Services will be held for family and friends at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1800 23rd St, Zion, IL; Saturday, April 6, 2013 with a 10:00 AM Public Viewing, 11:00 AM Funeral Service followed by Committal at Mt Rest Cemetery in Russell, IL. Pastor Kelly, who has been Avis and Mike's Pastor for years, will preside over the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, or a . Please sign the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in News Sun from Apr. 4 to Apr. 10, 2013
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