Edward G. Gallaway
Birth Date: September 20, 1928
Death Date: October 30, 2014
Edward George Gallaway, 86
Of Elverta, CA. Peacefully passed away on October 30, 2014,
Joining his beautiful wife Carol in Heaven.
Born September 20, 1928 in Loomis, CA. Son of Frank and Eva Gallaway.
“Ed” grew up with his brothers Richard and Ronald in Del Paso Heights, CA.
Ed was a proud Eagle Scout. He attended Grant High School (Class of 1945)
It was at Grant High School during his Senior year that he looked across the gym
and instantly fell in love with “a cute little freshman” Carol Elaine Sisler, whom in 1950
became his wife.
After graduating High School at the age of 17 and with his parents permission, Ed
became a United States Marine. During his bootcamp, Ed proved to be an excellent
marksman and after bootcamp, Ed used his skills to teach new recruits. He served three years
at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA, where he served mostly as a Fire Fighter and also played
on the Football team. After his service, he returned home but remained an Active Reserve.
With his service behind him Ed started college at Sacramento State. In 1950 he married his first love and they purchased their first home. However, in June of 1950 the Korean War started and within a month Ed found himself overseas serving in the USMC. Ed was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, 7th Regiment, fighting at the Frontline. Ed survived the Historical Battle of Chesin Reservoir. Ed received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during this battle. Soon after, Ed was sent home.
Reuniting with his Wife Carol, Ed finished College, Earning a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and received a California Teaching Credential. Ed went on to have a long career as an educator in the Sacramento area. Starting off as a Teacher and Coach at El Camino High School and afterwards teaching and coaching at Encina High School. Ed was proud of the teams he coached at Encina and one of which was named as one of the top 5 sacramento area basketball teams ever. He became the Vice Principal of Del Campo High School and then went on to start the Continuation School at Mira Loma High School where he later retired. He was inducted into the Sacramento sports hall of fame.
To celebrate his retirement, Ed backpacked through Europe. He enjoyed golfing and he marshaled at Cherry Island in Elverta. Ed and his wife loved to travel and take cruises. Some of their favorite destinations included Hawaii and Ireland. Ed and Carol spent much of their time with their children and grandchildren attending celebrations and events.
Above all of his accomplishments, he was most proud of his Wife and four children. Ed was the loving Father to Steve Gallaway of Lincoln, CA, Colleen (Tim) Warner of Elverta, CA, Laura McElroy of Sacramento, CA and Bill (Tina) Gallaway of Ketchikan, AK.
Ed is proceeded in death by: His parents, His Beloved Wife, of 54 years, Carol Gallaway, His Brother Norman, and his Son in Law Mike McElroy.
Ed leaves behind his 2 brothers, 4 children, 7 Grandsons, 4 Grand Daughters and 8 Great Grandchildren.
All services will be held at at:
Sunset Lawn, Chapel of the Chimes
4701 Marysville Blvd, Sacramento CA. 95838
Viewing will be held on Thursday, November 6th from 4-8pm
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 7th at 1:00pm
Entombment immediately to follow.
The Family wishes to thank UC Davis Hospice and all of Ed’s Caregivers. They send a Special Big Thank you to Vizelda and Bernie for the genuine love and care that they gave to Ed.
Benjamin S. Warner