Gary Galemore, 76, of Albuquerque NM, passed away on November 23, 2022, with his family by his side at Lovelace Heart Hospital in Albuquerque NM.
Gary was born on December 18, 1945, in Humboldt, Kansas to Lee Roy Earl and Alma Lois ( Bockover) Galemore.
Gary was predeceased by his parents and brother Allen Wayne.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years Lori Galemore who he met working at the VA Hospital. Children Johnnie, Stacie (husband Shane), Benjamin (wife Meghan), Nicholas (wife Tiffany), and bonus daughter Lindsey. His siblings Leroy “Gene”, Uelah Ann “Sis”, Steven, Joyce and Janet. Grandchildren Shane Jr., Johnnie, Skyler, Summer, Gavin, Devon, Collin, and Safiyah. Great Grandchildren Anthony and Stormi. Godfather to Victoria Serna-Jorasz. Uncle to many nephews and nieces.
Gary spent his youth working on a farm with his family, competing in the rodeo riding bulls, and of course, getting into trouble anywhere he could find it. He joined the military in 1966 and was a proud US Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War. After returning from Vietnam, he spent time in California and eventually moved to Albuquerque, NM when he was 26 years old in 1971. There he remained as a resident through his passing.
He started his career as a plumber and pipefitter and continued his craft at the VA Hospital in 1974 until he retired January 1, 1996. He was skillful in so many aspects of life (a.k.a Papa MacGyver). He was the one you could call and depend on to be at your side no matter who you were to him.
Gary enjoyed ziplining, playing pool, poker, cards, and golf with his family and friends. Gary enjoyed his time at the Palo Duro Fitness Center and Palo Duro Senior Center where he enjoyed his breakfast (multiple servings) with the guys at the “roundtable”. He enjoyed taking trips up to the cabin in Angel Fire where he fished, hiked, snowshoed, biked, and spent time with family and friends. He enjoyed helping family and friends with various projects. He enjoyed happy hour with his favorite drink Crowne Royal. Most importantly, he loved the people who shared these experiences with him.
Gary was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
Services will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE 87106, on 12/7/22 at 9:00am and a Celebration of life Luncheon 12/7/22 at 12n at the NM Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana SE 87108. He will be laid to rest at the Angel Fire State Veterans Cemetery in Angel Fire, NM.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the NM Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, or a local Veterans Association.
On behalf of the Family, to all those who loved Gary as much as his family, we thank you.