A.E. "Gene" Gallagher, 92 of Mexico, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the MO Veterans Home in Mexico.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-6 at the Arnold Funeral Home. A private family service will be held Saturday at Elmwood Cemetery.
Gene was born on July 14, 1920 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Francis Eugene and Elizabeth (Powell) Gallagher. During WWII he served in the Merchant Marines aboard the Paul Revere and the Sea Star. From his service time he received the Merchant Marine Emblem, Atlantic War Zone Bar, Pacific War Zone Bar, Mediterranean-Middle East War Zone Bar, Victory Medal, Combat Bar with Stars and a Honorable Service Button.
After the service Gene returned to the U.S. and began working seven days a week on a pipeline from coast to coast. During the winters he would work at a brick plant. During one of his winter stays in Mexico he met his wife at a restaurant and on Feb. 2, 1954 he married Gloria M. Johnson in St. Charles, MO. She preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 2005.
Gene worked on various construction projects, including the St. Louis Arch. Eventually he became the Business Manager for the Construction and General Laborers Union #957, a position he held for 34 years. He also help founded the Labor Training Center in High Hill.
He loved nature and was an avid hunter. He had a passion for history and worked as a part time genealogist. He was very active in the Historical Society and Genealogy Society and the Audrain County Democratic Club here in Mexico. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. From his genealogy work he learned a lot about cemeteries and was instrumental in building and erecting the obelisk in the Old Town Cemetery. He eventually published a book about the location of all the cemeteries in Missouri and the book is currently in Washington, D.C. at the Daughters of the American Revolution Library's Genealogical Research System.
He is survived by three daughters, Cindy Beemont and husband Greg of Blue Springs, Patsy Muessig and husband Mark of Overland Park, KS and Connie Pentz and husband Mark of Kansas City, MO. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Sheila Awad, Shane Turner, Heath Turner, Ray Vallee, Kristina Muessig and Amanda Pentz; eight great-grandchildren, Summer, Samantha, John, Joseph, Sydney, Mallory, Cole, and Chase and one great-great-grandson Zane.
Memorials may be made to the MO Veterans Home or the Audrain County Historical Society.
Condolences at www.arnoldfh.com.