David Oliver Galloway

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David Oliver Galloway was born in Wichita, Kansas, on February 26, 1932, to Oliver G and Dorothy "Fern", West Watson. He passed on Monday, August 12, 2019, at home in northwest Oklahoma City.
Dave was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jean, and her sister, Betty Lou; his daughter, Shauna Woloszyn and husband, William, and their children, Stephanie Mora and spouse, Aaron, and their children, Grey and Emmie, and Heath Woloszyn; daughter, Tami Duncan and her spouse, Peter, and their children, Kimberlyn Dyer and spouse, Josh, and their children, Everly and Tatum, Trey Duncan and spouse, Melanie, and their child, John Hunter; his son, Justin Galloway and Stephanie Pipins Galloway, and their child, Elena, and step-daughters, Cindy Overturf and spouse, Chris, and their child, Audrey; Jennifer Fox, and step-son, Tim Fox and wife, Misty, and their children, Parker and Addie.
As a child, David's family moved several times. He lived in Fort Worth, Texas, Muskogee, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Ponca City and McAlester. After attending four different grade schools, Dave would graduate from McAlester High School before attending Oklahoma Military School in Claremore for two years. Dave was a proud Sooner, having transferred to the University of Oklahoma, at Norman, where he would eventually enter medical school and spend his third year training at Wesley Hospital in Oklahoma City. David would also complete a master's degree in public health at OU.
David received a commission of lieutenant junior grade in the United States Public Health Services and spent two years working at the Marine Hospital in San Francisco, California, focusing in bacteriology in the lab, before returning to Oklahoma where he would work at Muskogee General Hospital. He would then move to Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City where he worked for 10 years as the chief medical technologist and as an instructor. Dave would eventually settle with his family in McAlester where he served as the administrator of the Pittsburg County Health Department and then would be tapped to serve as facility director for the Choctaw Nation Health Clinic where David would also support the Choctaw Nation Healthcare Center in Talihina and clinics in Broken Bow and Hugo. David proudly served in the U.S. Public Health Service for 25 years and retired with the rank of commander.
An active member of his community, David would serve as president of several community and civic organizations, including the McAlester Recovery Center and the Kiwanis Club. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church and served as a lay leader and Sunday school teacher in McAlester and Fairview. David had a strong Christian faith and was active in the Gideons International leading local church presentations and serving as president of the McAlester Camp. Following his retirement and relocation to Fairview, David would be called to start a ministry at the Major County Jail.
Flying was a big part of David's formative years, but he would not obtain his personal pilots license until he turned 65 when he received flying lessons as a birthday gift from Jean. David and Jean would spend their weekends flying across Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas visiting family and friends in their Cessna 150. David loved to share his passion for flying with others. He helped support the Fairview Free Fly-In and was always willing to take students up in his plane, inspiring several to learn how to fly.
David loved to share is love of the Lord, flying, running and his knowledge of laboratory sciences with others. He loved his blended, extended family and, most especially, his beloved Beagle, Buff, "the best dog he ever had."
Services will be held at Quail Springs United Methodist Church at 14617 North Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK, 73134, on Friday, August 16, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gideons International or Alzheimer's Association.
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Published on August 13, 2019
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A.B. Clement
Aug 14, 2019