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. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. My throughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mr. Gallagher was my hero, mentor, father figure and good friend. I will miss him deeply.

  2. All my prayers to you June and your family. It has been awhile since I worked at LAAFB, but I will always remember you and Raymond. May God bring comfort and strength to you all. Claudia Paige

  3. I knew Mr. Gallagher for nearly 12 years. During that time, we would have our quarrels, spats, you name it. But out of it all came a sense of respect for one another because we knew what it meant to work together and as a team. I also appreciated his love for my son. Whenever I would bring him around, he always had time for him. He and his wife always thought of him as their “other grandson,” and would buy presents for him for Christmas. I don’t know how I’m going to explain this to my son, but I will tell him, he’s in a good place now. God Bless you Raymond Gallagher!!!!

  4. It was with great sadness that I heard about Raymond’s passing. (I always called him Raymond, I never thought him to be a Ray. I met Raymond and June 21 years years ago. Over this time we discussed (argued?)everything worth discussing, life, politics,and yes and some times contracting. We shared a simular background, former Army men, working as civilains for the Air Force. The world is a less interesting place withou you Raymond. God Bless

  5. All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another. I’ll miss you Ray. My condolences to June and family.

  6. To the Gallagher Family, God only takes the best. Ray was loved and will be missed. He was probably one of the best bosses a person could have. Love and prayers always. Yolanda Spears “Yo”

  7. Ray was a great co-worker in the launch organization, a real professional, and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all that knew him at SMC.

  8. June, I’m very sorry to learn of your great loss. Ray had a gruff exterior but a heart of gold. He was a good friend. I always thought of him as the giant leprechaun with a twinkle in his eye. The conversations I participated in between you, Ray and Steve Brennan were some of the best of my life. My prayers are with you and Ray. I will miss him but cherish all the wonderful memories. My condolences. Michael Jemiola


  10. We will all miss Ray at Launch and Range Systems Contracts. He was a wealth of knowledge and always willing to share it with others. He had a sense of humor and a funny side to him too. Always by his side or not far away was his loving wife & soul mate, June. My condolences go out to the entire Gallagher family at this time of sorrow & loss of a loving husband, father & grandfather. God Bless.

  11. Ray was a fantastic teacher and mentor to all of us new contracting personnel in Launch Programs, and I have never forgotten the advice he gave me and the extra time he spent teaching me 14 years ago. My condolences to June and the entire family on their loss.

  12. June. I am very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Although we were on opposite sides of negotiations, I found Ray to be extremely ethical, honest and trustwothy. I also found him to drive me crazy when he chose to take his time. We had some good times nevertheless and he will always be remembered by myself and the Titan Program Lockheed Martin contracts/estimating team.

  13. Ray Gallagher will be sorely missed. He was such a source of contracting information and advice. Ray was always willing to help anyone with a question. His sense of humor was a delight and truly a memorable man in contracting for “rocket science.” May God bless you and your family, Ray.

  14. June, My deepest symapthies go to you, your children and grand children for the loss of a loving husband, father and grandfather. In the past year that I have had the pleasure of knowing you, you have been a pillar of strenght, love and devotion to Ray. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. God Bless, Mandy Zenhari

  15. June and family Ray was always a fair person, honest and nice to have worked with. I send prayers to you and your family. A memory is a keepsake of time that lives forever in th heart.

  16. My Dear friend June, My heart and prayers are with you during this time of Ray’s untimely passing. I can honestly say that you and Ray were known throughout SMC as the Inseparable couple that was admired and respected by many. During the few years that I worked in Launch & Range, the character and military bearing Ray demonstrated was evident when I later found out he was a Retired Army Sergeant Major, which is a great accomplishment in itself. However, whenever you came around, Ray’s military demeanor would simply vanish and the Teddy bear would appear. We will all miss Mr. Raymond Gallagher.

  17. I worked for Ray for 2 years on the Titan program and remember him as a caring person and dedicated worker. My thoughts and prayers are with June and family.

  18. I am so sorry for your lost. I worked with Ray on the Titan Program for many years. Life is so precious. Ray will be missed. Our thoughts and prays go out to his family. Don

  19. I’ve come to hear Mr. Raymond Gallagher from work SMC/LRSW. I’m sorry I am too late to meet a wonderful man. You will be missed!

  20. Ray will be missed but he will also be remembered by all that knew him, he was that type of person you just don’t forget. We worked together for 16 years in launch programs and in that time we shared many and I mean many a “good laugh” together and with our fellow CL and LR co-workers. He will always be in my heart and in my “Remember when Ray Gallagher stories”– so he will live on in my life forever…he was truly one of the best. June, my deepest sympathy to you and the entire Gallagher family.

  21. To sweet June and family….there are no words but “Oh the memories!” I am so thankful to have had the pleasure to meet and work with Ray. There was always laughter, jokes and commraderie in every challenging task. He was always a pleasure even when grumpy at times…and boy oh boy did he love you June, you kids, and then when the grandkids came look out! you all were his pride and joy. The stories he’d tell whenever we had the chance to meet again. Cherish those memories as I will remember him fondly. God Bless

  22. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to know Ray. He was a caring and thoughtful person. He will not be forgotten. My prayers go out to June and the Gallagher family during this difficult time.

  23. June and family, I am saddened to hear that Mr. Gallager passed away. I extend my condolences. May God guide you and your family during this hard times. God bless you all.

  24. My father i nicknamed the “ROCK” solid to the core an honest kind man, loved his Wife and kids and grand kids so much. We hate to lose his love, We love you DAD and will miss you every day. We did our best for your service dad and i think you approve..its was wonderful. For those of you that are so caught up in the Rat race of life make a effort to share more of your self with your loved ones in the end its all that matters… I love you Dad…

  25. Dad, When you retired from the Army you said in your speech that you couldn’t have picked two better children, if you could have chosen them yourself. Truth is we could not have picked a better father if we could have chosen one ourselves. Saying goodbye to you is the hardest thing we have done as a family, but I think we did you proud. Love, Your Little Girl

  26. June, my prayers go out to you and the Gallagher family. I will miss Ray immensely but I will always have good memories of late night working, great conversation and the laughter that we shared. We have lost a caring soul and a great leader. I pray for strength, peace, and rest for you and the family in the days to come. GOD BLESS YOU ALL Jackie

  27. June & family, we are very sad to hear about Raymond. Although we haven’t spent time together we are still family and you have our love and support during this time. I know what you are going through, George passed away 4 years ago and we continue to miss him everyday. If you ever need someone to talk to please give me a call: 336-307-2920. May God bless you and your entire family, my love always, Heidi Gallagher (and family)

  28. June, I offer my prayers for the strength of you and your family in this your time of grief and loss. Sincerely

  29. I am very sorry to here of the passing of Ray. I very much enjoyed working with Ray when I was a DCAA Financial Advisor from 1998-2005 at SMC. Ray was definitely a pleasure to work with. Many good memories that will always stay with me. Ray will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dale

  30. June and kids, I was so saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. Some of my favorite memories at SMC were those spent with Ray while I was his “pricer” and later his peer in the Titan program office. He was a wonderful and interesting person and will be greatly missed. His mentoring of the young LTs that worked for him will live on and the stories and great times he shared will never be forgotten. With deepest sympathy, Pam

  31. Dear June My prayers are with you and your family. Ray was one of the “special ones”. We had many great discussions. I remeber when I first came to Launch SPO and I was trying to get names straight. Ray was described as Santa Claus. After that you could never forget who he was. He also was so supportive when I was taking care of my father. He had such a good heart. I will miss him but have such great memories of him, he will not be forgotten. Love to you.

  32. Raymond Joseph Gallagher was my grandfather i always thought of him as the BOSS. He wouldent even let my order first in restruants. But even though he seemed grumpy, he always had a loving heart and took care of of every one espessially his grandauter. we will all miss you forever. I love you grandpa and i will alway remember you.

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