HOT SPRINGS, AR – Robert A. “Bob” Gallup, 92, passed away in Hot Springs, Arkansas Sunday, April 17, 2016.
Visitation will be held Saturday, May 7, from 9 – 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Morris.
A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Scott Zorn officiating.
Mr. Gallup donated his body to science. Interment in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery will be at a later date.
Born May 3, 1923 in Verona, Bob was the son of Robert Stuart Gallup of Emington and Eva Phillips of Verona. He married Mildred Sellars in Tucson, Arizona in May of 1943.
On March 20, 1949 he married Marilyn Christensen in Dwight. They lived their entire 62 years together in Verona. She preceded him in death June 30, 2011.
He then moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas with his wife, Georgia, whom he married November 29, 2011.
Bob served in the U.S. Air Corps (1943-1946) as a Captain of a B-24 Bomber in the 2109th Army Air Force Base Unit during World War II. Bob earned a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, an American Campaign Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal. He spoke proudly of his time in the military.
He is remembered by many for his years driving a school bus, as a rural mail carrier, and for his years as the “repair man,” and for his big smile! He enjoyed singing karaoke, and even started his own
karaoke night in Hot Springs.
Bob is survived by his eight children: Sharon (George) Lazwell of Tucson, Arizona; Randy (Chuck) Arthur of San Diego, California; Susie Aldrich of Mims,
Florida; George (Donna) Gallup of Verona; Mick (Karyn) Gallup of Bonfield; Chris (Dan) Stapleton, Coral (Vinnie) Bleifield of Verona; and Jeff (Theresa) Gallup of Braceville.
Fifteen grandchildren: Ross and Becky Carman, Wendy (Thomas) Wilson, Robert (Renee) Aldrich, Beth (Kyle) West; Paul, Kylie, Courtney and Jared Gallup; Jessica (Justin) Finefield; Stephen (Jessica) Bleifield, Lindsay Bleifield, Tiffany (Robert) Schaffnit, Tasha and Danny Stapleton; 14 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Bill (Ruth Ann) Phillips of Kalamazoo, Michigan also survive.
He was also proceeded in death by his parents; and one son-in-law, Raymond Aldrich.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the American Legion of Mazon, Illinois; Morris Hospital Transportation; or a charity of the donor’s choice.