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Ralph W. Gallagher

November 28, 1941 — November 29, 2021

Ralph W. Gallagher, age 80, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away on Monday, November 29, 2021, in the Supportive Care Unit at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, following a brief illness. After growing up in the Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio, areas he entered the United States Air Force, serving at the Air Force Missile Test Center at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida from 1960-61 and at Pacific Air Forces Base Command at Hickman Air Force Base in Hawaii from 1961-1964 and honorably discharged from the service as a senior airman. He attended The Ohio State University from 1964-1966, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and then attended The University of Toledo College of Law from 1967-1969, receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1969. Ralph came to Bryan in 1972 and joined the firm of Parker and Fenton and soon became a partner. He retired in 2020 as founder and senior partner in the firm of Gallagher & Rohrs, Ltd., having practiced law for fifty years. Through his career he was an instructor at The University of Toledo College of Law in 1989 and became a certified Civil Trial Advocate, sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and was an Accredited Estate Planner, sponsored by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. Ralph was active in the Bryan community, serving as a member, trustee and Chair of the Bryan Area Foundation, Bryan Chamber of Commerce as a member and past president, Habitat for Humanity Board, Junior Achievement past president, a founding member of Bryan Jaycees, and member and past president of Bryan Rotary Club, where he was active as a Rotary Reader in the schools. He was also a member and past president of the Newman Club with The Ohio State University and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bryan. His love of flying allowed him to be a volunteer pilot for Airlifeline and Angel Flight, helping many in their time of need. He was also an avid motorcycle rider and enjoyed many trips taken with his friends. Ralph W. Gallagher was born on November 28, 1941, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Charles Edward and Helen Elizabeth (Smythe) Gallagher. He married his wife of thirty-two years, Karen K. Kampe, on June 10, 1989, in Bryan and she survives. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, David Charles (Lauria) Gallagher, of Oak Park, California, and Daniel Thomas (Jolyn) Gallagher, of Delaware, Ohio; three grandchildren, Dylan and Brody Gallagher, of Oak Park, California, and Grayson Gallagher, of Delaware, Ohio; two sisters, Margaret Naegle, of Fairview Park, Ohio, and Mary (Donald) Wenger, of Pepper Pike, Ohio; and one brother, John Brian (Ann) Gallagher, of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles E. Gallagher, Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Naegle. A memorial service celebrating the life of Ralph W. Gallagher will be on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 509 Center Street, Bryan, with Reverend Mary Beth Smith-Gunn officiating. Military rites will follow conducted by Bryan VFW/Legion Joint Honor Guard and the United States Air Force Honor Guard. Ralph’s life will live on with his gift of organ donation. Memorials are requested to Bryan Area Foundation or to Trinity Lutheran Church, Bryan Ohio.
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