John E. Gall - December 18, 2012

John E. Gall, 89 of Wood River died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at his home in Wood River.
Services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Wood River with the Rev. Theresa Mason officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Wood River. Memorials are suggested to the Wood River Rescue Unit or to the First United Methodist Church. Apfel Funeral Home of Wood River is serving the family.
John Emil Gall was born July 24, 1923. in Lesterville, S.D., the son of Emil Ferdinand and Johanna Elizabeth (Auch) Gall. He grew up in South Dakota and received his education at Lesterville High School graduating with the class of 1940. He entered the United States Navy, March 20, 1943, serving during World War II in the South Pacific and received his honorable discharge in January 1946. He furthered his education at Milwaukee School of Engineering.
He was united in marriage to Betty Burnison, May 1, 1955, in Rapid City, S.D. The couple moved to Nebraska in 1961 where they made their home in Grand Island before moving to Wood River in 1966.
He was a member of United Methodist Church, Wood River, American Legion and VFW.
He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, country music and especially his family.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Wood River; two sons, Curtis (Pat) Gall of Brighton, Colo., Donald (Wanna) Gall of Lincoln; four daughters, Sharise “Shari” (Bill) Hadenfeldt of Cairo, Vicki (Mike) Taylor of Louisville, Colo., Joyce (Allan) Miller of Wood River, Joanne Johnson and special friend Todd Manning of Aurora; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Richard (Arlene) Gall of Scotland, S.D., Aldon (Esther) Gall of Scotland, S.D, Marvin Gall of Lake Andes SD, Emil (Betty) Gall of Columbia, S.C.; four sisters, Olive (Eugene) Wollman of Menno S.D., Eileen (Joseph) McIntyre of Las Vegas, Nev., Delores Nelson of Yankton, S.D., Marjorie Novak of Mitchell, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Emma (Bill) Bedinger, Margaret Burnison, Doris Gall and Florence Burnison, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond and Clifford Gall, and one great-grandson, Michael John Robison.
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