OBITUARY

Henry F. Galan

January 29, 1934November 20, 2020
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Henry Frank Galan was born 24 January 1934 to Enrique Galan and Porfiria Valdez Galan in San Antonio, Texas.

At 17, he joined the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS Essex and USS Yorktown. He later joined the United States Air Force. He was a radar controller and an air traffic controller. Henry was stationed around the world including Victoria, Texas; Kelly AFB, Texas; Chaumont Air Base, France; Torrejon Air Base, Spain; U-Tapao Air Base, Thailand; Randolph AFB, Texas; Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri; and Scott AFB, Illinois. During his final tour at Communications Command, he was a vital member of the Inspector General’s staff. During his 30 year military career, he earned the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Upon retirement, he served another 20 years with the Federal Civil Service at the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis, Missouri.

He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree at Southwest Texas State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis. He was married to Bertha Rivera Galan in 1956. They divorced in 1981.

In 1988, he married Catherine Ann Galan, nee Gallagher who preceded him in death on 10 March 2020. He is survived by his children Mary Louise Harper, nee Galan; and Andrew Henry Galan. He has four grandchildren: Lesley Reveles, and Anne, Sean and Connor Harper.

He was an avid learner with a proclivity for languages, traveling, reading, word games, and loved nothing better than firing up the grill and spending time with the vast circle of friends he and Cathy enjoyed during their 32 years together in St Louis, Missouri.

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Dianna Lopez Furlan

November 28, 2020

Mary Louise & family and Andy, So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Although he was in another state, our dads will always be our dad. May the peace of knowing that he is going to his heavenly home bring you comfort. Cousin, Dianna

Evelyn Enriquez

November 26, 2020

Where do I begin? So many wonderful memories with my uncle Jr. , but I'll share my most precious memory with you. When he returned from serving in the Navy, I was about 12 and he decided I needed to know how to dance. But most importantly, he taught me how to cautiously and then gracefully accept a request from someone to dance. Uncle Jr. was my protector..no doubt about it. I will miss him forever.

Jean Herrera

November 26, 2020

I'll always remember Uncle Henry. He always made me laugh. He was kind and thoughtful. I was so very sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace. You are with your love Cathy now.

Ken Harper

November 24, 2020

Neleen and I remember 1991 in Spain when we first met Hank, Cathy, Daughter-in-Law Maria and Grand Daughter Anne.
The whole tribe of our new family at one time and in one place. This was special for us and also a re-visit to a Galan historical site where Hank was stationed during his military career. This was a super start for 29 years of adventure and great memories.

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