On February 1, 2018, Eugene R. Galat (76), after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, passed from this life to the next, surrounded by his wife of 55 years and three generations of family who loved and were loved by him.
Born October 13, 1941 in Barberton, OH, Gene was the 12th of the 16 children of John and Anna Galat. He married Joyce Marie Meyer on January 6, 1963 in Tremont.
He is survived by his wife, his son Stan (Jeanie) Galat, his daughter Karen (Kurt) Riggenbach, 5 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. His parents, 5 siblings, and a precious granddaughter preceded him in death. He will be sorely missed by all those he left.
Gene was a loving and devoted servant of Jesus for nearly 60 years, and a tireless worker for the kingdom of Christ in every part of the world. He made his home at Northfield Christian Fellowship in Tremont.
He was a plumbing contractor and builder his entire adult life. He was an vigorous champion of the underdog, and led countless mission outreaches and projects for the underprivileged, both at home and abroad. The drive, energy, and enthusiasm he brought to every endeavor is the stuff of legend.
Gene lived every day of his life completely and fully. He was determined to help anybody, in any way he could, at any time of need. He cut an enormous swath through this world and will be remembered as leaving nothing but good things in his wake. Gene would never have wanted these things to be said (much less published) if he was still with us. Those he left behind do not care, because he taught us to tell the truth, no matter what anyone else might think. He really was "all that" and more.
The family invites the community to join in a celebration of his life on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM. at Northfield Christian Fellowship in Tremont. The family will receive visitors the evening before (February 9, 2018) from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, also at the church. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Tremont is handling the arrangements.
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