Gerald Leon Galloway Wirth, 85, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.
Gerald was born on December 4, 1933 in Elwood, Iowa, to Harold and Wava (Hamilton) Galloway. At the age of 16 he was adopted by Raymond and Florence (Galloway) Wirth. He was a 1952 graduate of Elwood High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy earning an honorable discharge. He married Barbara L. Margeson on November 11, 1956 in Elwood, Iowa and to this union five children were born, Brenda, Jill, Joy, Teresa and Timothy.
Upon returning home from serving his country, Gerald farmed the family farm for 39 years, and worked as a truck driver for Stanton, Amhof, Grant and Hainstock Long Haul Trucking companies receiving three safe driving awards for driving two plus million miles.
Gerald was a 60-year member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Lost Nation/Elwood Telephone Board member for over 35 years, Lost Nation School Board member serving two terms and a Farm Bureau Board member.
Gerald enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing, gardening, woodworking, jigsaw puzzles, baking chocolate chip cookies, and all kinds of music. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and liked watching birds especially Cardinals. Most importantly, he loved spending time at family gatherings and with the grandchildren.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Barbara Wirth of Lost Nation, IA; children, Brenda Smith of Lost Nation, IA, Jill (Brian) Bonney of Lost Nation, IA, Joy (Bob) Beuthien of Hartsburg, MO, Teresa (Tom) Hovar of Belton, MO, and Timothy Wirth of DeWitt, IA; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Wirth of Lost Nation, IA; 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson; and siblings, Earl "Dude" (Joan) Galloway, Larry (Pat) Galloway, Al (Pam) Galloway, and Jim (Bev) Galloway; and sisters, Barb (Ken) Schroeder, Marcia (Ron) Barten, Linda Miller, Phyllis Goldensoph, and Gladyce (Ken) Butt. He was preceded in death by his biological and adopted parents, six brothers Floyd Wirth, Roger, Don, Dwain, Jeff and Russell Galloway, four sisters Maxine Kolb, Rhea Hasenmiller, Darlene Simmons and one in infancy, a grandchild Bridgette Beuthien, and a son-in-law Robert Lynn Smith on July 29, 2019.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald Leon Galloway Wirth memorial fund has been established.
Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
"Dude" and Joan,
Valerie and I extend our sympathies to you during this time of loss. We will kep Gerald and all your family in our prayers.
Sending prayers. So, sorry of his passing.
"Dude" and Joan,
Valerie and I extend our sincere sympathies during your loss. We will keep Gerald and you in our prayers.
Dear Barb and Family: We are so sorry to hear about Jerry. We know he will be missed greatly.
Barb and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with yet another loss in your family. Brenda, to have lost your husband and father within two weeks is so sad. Lynn and Jerry were both so kind. Barb, sorry I won't be able to come to the service, but will be thinking of you.
Barb, sorry to read about Jerry's passing! Many good memories of Jer over the years!
Hugs and and prayers ❤
So sorry for your loss.
Hugs and prayers to all ❣
Barb & family: So Sorry to hear of Jerry's death .However after all the suffering & pain he endured he can now be free from that. He can now be in God's hand and join his son in law Lynn Brenda;s husband who is also found freedom &peace as well.God Bless all of your wonderful family!! Gary & Alice Mohl
Barb&family: SO SORRY to hear of Jerry's passing However it is also good that Jerry,s now able to rest in peace after all of his pain & suffering. He will be able to join his son-in-law Lynn(Brendas husband who is resting in peace as well. You have a wonderful family who will get through these two deaths as well God Bless your entire family. Gary&Alice Mohl
Barb and family - so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers!
So sorry for your loss. Jerry was an awesome guy and an awesome co workers at Dicks. May he rest in peace.
Thoughts and prayers to all of the family.
Barb, so sorry for your loss, will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Sending hugs and prayers! 💕
Barb and family,
You all are in our thoughts and prayers as now Jerry is at peace. He was such a kind and friendly person to visit with. We always enjoyed seeing him at our Elwood class reunions also. Family meant so much to him and cherish those memories of all the times you were able to be together.
Barb and family , So sorry for your loss, what a great guy he was,
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