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James "Jim" R. Gallagher

December 7, 1941 September 26, 2018
James "Jim" R. Gallagher
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James R. Gallagher, 76 went to be with his Lord
Savior on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. Jim was born on December 7, 1941, to James and Sally Gallagher. He was raised in Centralia, PA in the heart of the coal regions and met the love of his life, Darlene, his senior year at Ashland High School. He received a scholarship from Susquehanna University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Math followed by a Masters of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1967. While attending Susquehanna he played college basketball. In 1962, Jim and Darlene started their life together and moved to New Jersey where he worked at Bell Labs as a computer programmer. His work life journey continued on to RCA, Memorex, Social Security Administration, and Datapoint which finally brought him and his family to San Antonio, Texas. In 1983, Jim joined TRW as the Program Manager for the Air Force Logistics Command program to modernize their computerized information systems for the 1990s. As the Director of Systems Integrations, he led large LAN installations as well as Operations and Maintenance of these systems until 1996. Afterwards, he led the initial Cyber Security design and deployment for the Air Force CITS Program and cyber support for the Department of Homeland Security at their first headquarters. While TRW was purchased by Northrop Grumman in 2003, Jim maintained the ethics, morale, and employee focus instilled by TRW until his retirement in 2007.
Jim and his wife, Darlene, were charter members of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church. Throughout their 38 years of membership, they supported the church in many ways, giving of their time and talents. Jim was the first lay president of the congregation, headed up capital campaigns, and served on the building committee for the first building and subsequent builds. Both Jim and Darlene laid the foundation for making APLC a place of grace. He was preceded in death by, his parents and his beloved wife of 52 years, Darlene Gallagher. He is survived by his sons, James R. Gallagher II; Jeffrey Gallagher and wife Laura; and Kevin Gallagher and wife Cindy; grandchildren, Sean, Evan, Megan, Jamie, Jack, and Ryann. The memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. December 15, 2018 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Ashland, PA. Rev. Dana Heckman-Biel officiating. Interment immediately following the service. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wounded Warriors Project, or Samaritan’s Purse.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, PA is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.

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Christ Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

Ashland, PA

Ashland, PA 17921

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