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John W Galles

November 21, 1937 — December 15, 2020

<bottom>John W. Galles was born in Kingsley, Iowa on November 21, 1937. the third child of Roman and Iola Galles.  Although he was a good athlete the only sport, he could play in high school was football.  His other love was music and he played most brass instruments and sang is various groups.   After he was graduated, he went to Creighton and then to Wayne State colleges before joining his dad in the grocery business in Kingsley.  On June 11, 1962 he and Lois Taphorn were married in St. Martins Catholic church, Odebolt, IA. 

After the Galles Market closed, he took a job with Rockower Brothers in their Mens Clothing department. The family moved to South Carolina and then to Colorado Springs where they lived on Kingsley Drive.  The grocery business was in John’s blood and he was hired by HyVee in Algona, Iowa.  The family lived in Bancroft until John was moved to the Sioux City store.  That brought them to Pierson and then back to Kingsley. 

John and Lois had six children and sixteen grandchildren.  Family was always important to them and they hosted many family gathering at their large home in Kingsley.  Both Taphorn and Galles relatives were the recipients of their hospitality.  John was a great storyteller and loved to reminisce about growing up in Kingsley together with many stories about his time with HyVee. 

John and Lois attended many ball games. first their children and then their grandchildren.  For years John announced the high school baseball and softball games and other sporting events.  Many people will remember his imitation of Harry Carey as he sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  Until walking became difficult, John played golf (acquiring two holes-in-one) with Lois and their sons. 

After retiring from HyVee John was employed as a customer service rep for Gateway in South Dakota. 

In recent years he became a currier with a local bank.   John was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over fifty years and was a Fourth Degree Knight.  He was active in St. Michael’s Catholic church in Kingsley.  He also participated in many activities as a member of the KCACs.

John leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 58 years, Lois and five children: Mary (Richard Anderson). Maureen (David Hansen) Matt (Tammie), daughter-in-law, Kristi Galles,  Mike (Jenni) and Misi (Josh Tacke) together with sixteen grandchildren,  two brothers and four sisters. 

His son Mark preceded him in death. 

Go to Rohde Funeral Home facebook page for livestreaming of John's Scripture service on Monday, December 21st at 10:30 a.m..

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Scripture Wake

Sunday, December 20, 2020

7:00 - 7:30 pm (Eastern time)

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Memorial Service

Monday, December 21, 2020

10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

St. Michael Catholic Church

208 Brandon St, Kingsley, IA 51028

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