NORMAN — Willard Andres “W.A.” Gallaher, 82, of Norman, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Norman. W.A., a member of the Kiowa Tribe, was born Feb. 9, 1931, in Lawton to Ernest Wesley and Callie Clark Gallaher. He attended Chilocco Indian School. He later served as president of the Chilocco Alumni SE Chapter.
He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for two years, the Air National Guard for 37 years and the Army National Guard for four years. W.A. was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring after 34 years. He also retired after 15 years of working for the University of Oklahoma Norman Transit. He married Neldean Folsom on Sept. 29, 1950, and they raised their children, Willard Clark, Andrea and Katherine.
W.A. enjoyed classic cars, participating in parades where he drove his antique Cutlass convertible and supported air shows. He also enjoyed attending pow-wows, Red Earth and traveling throughout the U.S. and overseas with his wife.
He loved spending time with his family and his Boston Terrier, Tylo and his Chihuahua, Honey.
He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by his friends that he met with for breakfast for many years on Saturday mornings.
W.A. will be missed and is survived by his wife; son, Willard Clark Gallaher; two daughters, Andrea Sherwood and Katherine Curley; five grandchildren, James, Jennifer, Apryl, Austyn and Nathan; and four great-grandchildren, Pierce, Shealynn, Jadon and Heavenly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Clara Rose Gallaher; and brother, Elliott Gallaher.
Visitation for W.A. will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel, 3401 Havenbrook St. in Norman, with interment following at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of W.A. Gallaher to the American Diabetes Association, 4334 NW Expressway, Suite 265, Oklahoma City, OK 73116.
Arrangements for W.A. and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.
Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
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