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Norman Gene Gallagher

January 2, 1941 June 2, 2017
Norman Gene Gallagher
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Obituary for Norman Gene Gallagher

Norman Gene Gallagher passed away at the age of 76 on June 2, 2017 at Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, MN. He had a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinson’s symptoms.
Norm was born January 2, 1941 to Ray and Margaret (Paxton) Gallagher in Danville, IL. Norm grew up in Ridge Farm, IL, graduating in 1959 from Ridge Farm High School, and then he attended Danville Community College. Norm was united in marriage to Katherine Klug on September 4, 1965 in Columbus, NE.
Norm loved agriculture and devoted his professional and volunteer life to the progress of agricultural practices, and the betterment of the community. He started his career with TSC working in Chicago, IL; Omaha, NE; and Sioux Falls, SD. Norm’s next career move was working at Plains Supply in Huron, SD. Then as owner of Fleet Family Center in Worthington, MN, he was able to live out his desire to promote farming in the mid-west.
Norm has a long history of community involvement. He was a member of Jaycees and received the South Dakota JCI Senate Award and was the first recipient in South Dakota to receive the national Jaycee Ambassador Award. He was also a board member of the following organizations: Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Worthington Regional Hospital, Worthington Health Care Foundation, Worthington Area Industries, Worthington Water and Light Commission, Nobles County Commissioner, Mid-States Distributing where he received the Kiesau Award, Minnesota West Worthington Campus Foundation, Sioux Valley Health Systems Foundation, McCrossan Boys Ranch Foundation, Charter Member of Worthington Community Foundation, Norwest Bank, and Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council. He was also the recipient of the Community Pride Spirit Award from First State Bank Southwest, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and he was a member of the Ambassador’s Club. He was also a member of First United Methodist Church.
Norm's passion's included family, collecting wildlife art, golfing, traveling, boating, spending a lot of time playing in the water, being with his grand kids, working, and living life to the fullest.
Norm is survived by his wife Katherine (Klug) of Worthington; daughters Christine (Mark) Seeley of Prairie du Chien, WI, and Kari (Jerry) Marley of Trempealeau, WI. Grandchildren Will, Collin, and Lydia Seeley; Kyla, Max, Elsie, and Oliver Marley; a brother, Charles (Carolyn) Gallagher of Ridge Farm, IL, a sister, Sharon Cummins of Chipley, FL, and many nieces and nephews. Norm is preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah, his parents, and brother-in-law Bob Cummins.
Visitation is on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at Benson Funeral Home, 1225 Ryan's Road, Worthington, MN. The funeral is on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 408 11th Street, Worthington, with a visitation from 12-1 p.m. prior to the service. Immediately following the service, there will be refreshments in the Fellowship Hall of the church. The graveside service is Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. in Columbus, NE at St. John's Calvary Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will take place at the Ramada Columbus Hotel and Conference Center, 265 33rd Avenue, Columbus, NE, following the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to McCrossan Boys Ranch, 47135 260th Street, Sioux Falls, SD, 57107, att: Norm Gallagher memorial; or Minnesota West Foundation, 1011 1st St. Canby, MN, 56220, att: Norm Gallagher memorial.
Benson Funeral Home is coordinating arrangements.

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Visitation

Monday

12

Jun

5:00 PM 6/12/2017 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/12/2017 8:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

13

Jun

12:00 PM 6/13/2017 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 6/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

408 11th St
Worthington, MN 56187

First United Methodist Church
408 11th St Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Tuesday

13

Jun

1:00 PM 6/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

408 11th St
Worthington, MN 56187

First United Methodist Church
408 11th St Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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