Jan. 15, 1947 - Jan. 15, 2012
Galen Lee Pfaunmiller passed away Jan. 15, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edna and John Pfaunmiller; his brother, John Junior Pfaunmiller. His other sibling, sister Ana Maria, currently resides in Lancaster, Pa., with other extended family. His wife, Hedwig Pfaunmiller; his daughter, Cindy Pfaunmiller; and son, Benjamin Pfaunmiller, survive him. His stepchildren include Stephen Dolling, Bradley Martin and Daniel Long. Close family members include Debbie Blair and Craig and Debbie Rensland.
Galen was a loving husband and father, loyal friend and Vietnam War veteran. Galen had a great deal of love for his family and friends. Friends and strangers alike had that one of a kind experience with Galen that could be described as one of loyalty and care.
Galen was an avid outdoorsman. If given an option between living in a house or in the great outdoors he would have chosen the latter. During good weather one would not find Galen indoors but at the Columbia River, enjoying a weekend filled with fishing and time spent with his family.
Galen followed the heritage of his forefathers and served his country with loyalty and a non-compromising sense of duty. His service in the United States Army lasted a total of six years during a time of war. He served two combat tours, totaling two years and seven months in the Republic of Vietnam in the Vietnam Counter Offensive Phase V-VII and the Tet 1969 Counter-offensive with Bravo company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Division as a team leader and in Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division as a platoon leader. His character was beyond reproach with conduct noted by the Army as one of "excellent" and "efficiency". His awards include
the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star and two Good Conduct Medals.
Those that had the fortune of meeting Galen will dearly miss him. All donations can be made to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or the Veterans of Foreign Wars through the Herring Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m., at Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. Friends and family are invited to sign the on-line guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.