James Galloway, 84, Chester

--obit-gallowayJames Arthur Galloway, age 84, passed away at his home in Chester, Iowa on Friday Oct. 25, 2013

James was born on Aug. 4, 1929 in rural Fillmore County the son of James and Florence (Lawson) Galloway, along with two sisters.

He served in the United States Navy from 1950-1954 aboard the U.S.S. Isherwood, with extended tours in the Mediterranean Sea.

On Aug. 23, 1958, he was united in marriage to Georgann Myli at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born. Sandra (Greg) Rollins and Darla (Gordon) Gragert.

James operated Jim’s Milling Service in Chester from 1958 to 1972. He owned several feed mills that serviced several farms in the area. He also sold Geerlings Feed at this time. In 1972 he bought a farm in Chester and farmed until 2003. He also was a partner with wife Georgann in owning and operating Georgann’s Cafe in Chester, and later in the Upper Iowa Inn also in Chester. Later James was employed at SMI Company in Chester and Cresco, Iowa.

James served on the Chester Town Council, the Chester Fire Department and was a member of the Lime Springs American Legion.

He enjoyed tractors and all old farm machinery. He hosted several threshing bee celebrations on his farm in Chester that were attended by many from the area.

James loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed giving his grandchildren tractor rides and keeping them supplied with lots of toy farm machinery. He loved watching them play ball and watching his youngest grandson in tractor pulls, using some of his old machinery. He was very proud of his great-grandchildren and enjoyed teasing them.

He is survived by his wife, Georgann; daughters, Sandra (Greg) Rollins, Lake City, Minn. and Darla (Gordon) Gragert of Chester; grandchildren, James (Anna) Rollins, Chanhassen, Minn. and James Gragert and friend Hallie O’Brien of Cresco; great-grandchildren, Ellie, Jace and Olivia Rollins, all of Chanhassen; sister, Marie Brady of Rochester, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Zane Rollins; and a sister, Dorothy Peter.

James was loved deeply by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Memorial services for James A. Galloway will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, with the Rev. Robert Holdorf officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Chester Hill Cemetery. Condolences may be left at http://www.hindtfuneralhomes.com

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