John Gallardo

June 13, 1934March 15, 2013

John Gallardo West Des Moines

John Gallardo, 78, died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday March 15, 2013 at Mercy West Lakes in West Des Moines. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday March 21, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1627 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines with entombment at the Resthaven Mausoleum in West Des Moines.

John was born June 13, 1934 in Aguascalientes, Mexico to Ramon and Gregoria Gallardo. He was one of eleven children who were raised in Valley Junction in West Des Moines. John was always a hard worker. He helped his father in the family garden since childhood and that is where they bonded and was taught his work ethic, which carried him throughout his life. John served proudly in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict, aboard the USS Saipan. John retired from Firestone as a tire builder and was a proud member of Local 310. John then worked at Amoco, Yellow Freight and Blood Center of Central Iowa.

John is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Lisa (Tom) Crow and Felecia (James) Clark; sons, Raymond (La Donna), Jesse (Mary) and John Jr.; five grandsons, Andrew, Phillip, Christopher, Darren and Noah; five granddaughters, Emily, Jennifer, Haley, Lizzie and Brookelyn; three great-grandchildren; step-children, Pete Kingsley and Jayne Kingsley; two step-grandchildren, Audrey and Blake; brothers, Leno, Frank and Alfred Gallardo; sisters, Trina Salazer, Catherine Martinez, Ramona Rocha and Mary Kramer; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and sisters, Josephine Ayala, Teresa Gallardo and Maria Elena Kingsley.

A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with a rosary at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to Sacred Heart.


  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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March 23, 2013

Mary, you, John and your family are in our prayers. John was a great guy, and we will miss him at the Saipan reunions.
John and Jan Murphy, Montgomery, TX

Vince & Roberta Bejarano

March 22, 2013

The Bejarano's send our sympathy to the family. You are in our prayers.

Tony and Annette Nucaro

March 22, 2013

Jesse and Mary, so sorry about Dad. It's hard to lose a parent. You will see him soon.

Nancy Kuhn

March 21, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about John. He was a very special man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Kuhn

laura cain

March 21, 2013

We are thinking of you all during this time of loss. Love to you Ray, Ladonna, Audrey, and all of the rest of your family. The Cain family.

Chuck Conger 111

March 21, 2013

I never met John Gallardo but I believe good men raise good sons and I consider Ray one of the best! May God through the Holy Spirit give you His peace and surround you with His love all of your days. Thank you for your friendship!

Kathy Gary Fritz

March 21, 2013

Mary, I am very sorry about losing your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob Harter

March 20, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Bob King, Jr.

March 20, 2013

Ray, I just want to say how very sorry I am for your recent loss of your father. I know that this is a sad and difficult time for you.

At times like this our faith serves us well. We can take solace in knowing that your dad has gone to his eternal rest. He lived a faith-filled and upright life and he will be remembered for all the good that he did in his lifetime. If you need anything, I am here for you.

I ask that God bestow His choicest blessings on you and your wonderful family. May your faith give you the strength to carry on.

God Bless You,

Chippy & Anni Cripps

March 20, 2013

Ray,LaDonna and family we are so very sorry for the loss of your father, please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers for your family during this difficult time. May you put your trust in God and stay strong in your faith. Know that we love you very much and are here for you if you need anything.