Dale E. Galutia Sr., 79, Ottawa, Kan., died Friday, March 15, 2013.
Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. today, March 19, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Friends were welcome to pay their respects to Mr. Galutia and meet with the family 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment is planned for Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo, Kan.
He was born Friday, Dec. 1, 1933, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Lloyd and Inez (Thrush) Galutia.
Dale lived in Ottawa most of his life, moving from Topeka.
He graduated from Quenemo High School with the class of 1951.
Dale was united in marriage to Billie Glenda Brown July 28, 1956, in Quenemo, Kan. She preceded him in death May 3, 1995.
For the past 18 years, Dale had been in a special relationship with Mary E. Houston.
Dale served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from Oct. 21, 1953, to Oct. 6, 1955. He served in West Germany as a master radar operator, obtaining the rank of SP2.
He was a meat cutter working for Goff Grocery in Topeka, IGA in Osage City, and Pence’s in Ottawa. He then became the local business owner and operator of Hickory Inn Tavern of Ottawa for many years. After retirement, he was a handyman and did carpentry work.
He was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. Dale loved his family and friends and always was there to help anyone in need.
He was a life member of Aerie Lodge No. 2700, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post No. 5901.
Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Galutia; daughter, Tammy (Galutia) Morrison; parents, Lloyd and Inez Galutia; and brother, Lloyd “Bill” Galutia.
Survivors include his daughter, Teresa Galutia, Ottawa; son, Dale Galutia Jr. and his wife, Markay, Pomona; significant other, Mary Houston, of the home, and her children, Danny and Crystal Houston, Alvin and Cheyanne Houston, and Penny Rowdin; sisters, Lloydene MacDonald, Missouri, Joy Waleck, Arizona, and Sharon Overbaugh, Kansas; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Franklin County Cancer Foundation through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.
An online guest book is available at www.dengelmortuary.com