James John ‘Red’ Gallagher, 90

Published 6:58pm Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dr. James John “Red” Gallagher, 90, of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

James Gallagher

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Edith, in April 2012.

He is survived by his sons, Dr. James (Jackie) Gallagher and William (Linda) Gallagher; grandchildren, Jess (Dr. Jon) Currey, Jim A., Jenny, Casey and Alyssa Gallagher.

He was a graduate of Dowagiac Union High School in 1941, graduated General Motors Institute with a bacherlor’s degree, Western Michigan University in 1972 with master’s degree and Western Michigan University with a doctorage in 1976.

Red served as a 2nd lieutenant in World War II. He was a pilot of an A-26 in the 409th Bomb Group in the European Theatre.

He worked for 24 years as Supervisor of Production and Material Control at Diesel Equipment, 11 years as Deputy Superintendant of Business Affairs for the Grand Rapids Public Schools, four years as business manager at Dade County, Fla., schools, Juneau, Ark., and Lincoln, Neb., and finally retired in 1995 to Grand Rapids.

Memorial services will be announced in the spring.

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