There’s a story I really need to tell, its pretty complicated and messy as most of our lives and stories are and I don’t really know how to tell it right now, but some day soon maybe. For right now I want to share a part of the story. My Step Father, David Galloway passed away early Monday morning. I was privileged to be there along with my Mother and his oldest daughter Shauna, when he passed away. Our family story is a complicated one, he wasn’t a perfect person, but neither am I. I loved him and I know he loved me as he loved all of his kids.
David Oliver Galloway was born in Wichita, KS 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, husband William and their children Stephanie Mora, spouse Aaron, and their children Grey and Emmie; and Heath Woloszyn; daughter Tami Duncan and her spouse Peter, and their children Kimberlyn Dyer, spouse Josh, and their children Everly and Tatum; Trey Duncan, spouse Melanie, and their child John Hunter; his son Justin Galloway and Stephanie Pipins Galloway, and their child Elena, and step-daughters Cindy Overturf, spouse Chris, and their child Audrey; Jennifer Fox, and step-son Tim Fox, wife Misty and their children Parker and Addie.
As a child David’s family moved several times, he lived in Ft. Worth, TX; Muskogee, OK, Ft. Smith, AR, Ponca City and McAlester, OK. After attending 4 different grade schools, Dave would graduate from McAlester High School before attending Oklahoma Military School in Claremore, OK for 2 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 3rd 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 US Public Health Services and spent 2 years working at the Marine Hospital in San Francisco 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 Talahina and clinics in Broken Bow and Hugo. David proudly served in the US 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 Christitan 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, OK; 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 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Gideons International or the Alzheimer’s Association. https://www.smithandkernke.com/memorialpage_new.asp?id=2285