June 8, 1940 ~ August 29, 2009
Raymond Joseph Gallagher a 25 year resident of Torrance, CA passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at USC University Hospital due to complications brought on from a serious fall.
Raymond was born on the 8th of June 1940 in Philadelphia, PA. He was the youngest of nine children and the seventh son of Andrew and Mary Gallagher. Raymond was raised in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Cardinal Dougherty where he was Captain of their Championship High School Band.
In 1960 he began a 24 year career with the United States Army. His career in the Army led him to travel the world and while stationed in Korea, where he met the love of his life, Won Suk Chong. He served in the VietNam War and returned to serve his country for many years. During his tour in Heidelberg, Germany he was very active in the American Legion and became the Commander of that branch.
Raymond and June had two children Raymond Jr. and June E. as a family they traveled the world and lived in many places. The army years made his family very close, they were times filled with laughter, fun and exploration. Raymond loved to see historical places, but he always like a good amusement park.
Raymond went to college in between his career, wife and children. He graduated Cum Laude in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Rollins College in Florida. He went on to get his Masters Degree in 1982 from Florida Institute of Technology.
After retiring from the Army as a Sergeant Major in 1984. Raymond began a 22 year career with the United States Government as a Civil Servant. He worked as a Contracting Officer for the Air Force Missile Program.
Raymond had many titles in his careers and life, but the title he loved best was Grandpa. He had four grandchildren, Jeffrey Jr. and Nicole born to June E. and Jeffrey Saks; and Raymond Patrick and Joshua born to Raymond Jr. and Dawn Gallagher. For the past 12 years they were the joy of his life. He went to their school activities and sporting events. He checked every wound and soothed every pain and celebrated every triumph and defeat.
Raymond was a man who lived life to it's fullest. He was passionate about everything he did and pursued his goals with unstoppable determination. His love of life, family and country will be his legacy.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 45 years June Gallagher; son Raymond Gallagher Jr.; daughter in law Dawn Gallagher; grandsons Raymond Patrick Gallagher and Joshua Gallagher; and by his daughter June Elizabeth Gallagher-Saks; son in law Jeffrey Saks; grandson Jeffrey Saks Jr. and granddaughter Nicole Elizabeth Saks.
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