R.D. "Rol" Gallaher
Feb. 21, 1926 - Jan. 19, 2012
R.D. "Rol" Gallaher, 85, passed away Jan. 19, 2012, at Arbor Place, Medford, Ore. Rol was the eldest child born to James and Anna (Keeling) Gallaher, on Feb. 21, 1926, in Umapine. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17 and completed boot camp at Farragut Naval Base in North Idaho and proudly served aboard a tank landing ship in combat during World War II. He saw action primarily in the Philippines, New Guinea and Corregidor. He served his second tour in various areas of the South Pacific and Australia. Rol worked for 10 years as a ranch foreman for Roy Eslick in Dayton, where he was also a youth boxing coach. He was president of Dayton Days for two years and was the first non-land owner voting member on the Farm Bureau Board.
He moved to the Rogue Valley in 1969, and worked locally as a ranch foreman for the Circle G in Applegate, Ore., and for Birdseye Farms in Central Point, Ore. In 1973, he became a millwright for KOGAP, where he was affectionately known as "Cowboy." He worked at KOGAP until his retirement in 1991.
He married Lee in 1971, and they raised mules and donkeys in Jacksonville, Ore. They were very active in the Oregon Mr. Longears Club. He was an accomplished horse and mule man, wood and metal worker, leather crafter, blacksmith, brick mason and cowboy poet. He was involved as a coach in Medford National Little League for many years. He was a past member of the Jacksonville Lions Club and Kiwanis. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons.
He is survived by his wife, Lee; brother, Lonnie; sister, Fran; sons, Michael, Brian, Jim, Kelly O., Terry; daughter, Vickie; step-sons, Ken and Ron Becker; grandchildren, Nikki, Shawn, Lacey, Keegan, Jenell, Heather, T.J., Tanner, Sheila, Shelly, Jake, Maryssa, Kassie and Katie; 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant daughter, Colleen. Those who wish may send contributions to Oregon Alzheimers' Association, 1650 NW Naito Parkway, #190, Portland, OR 97209. xx