Richard Gallup passed away January 16, 2023, at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield, SD. Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield is in charge of arrangements (www.hykefuneralhome.com).
Richard “Dick” Wayne Gallup was born on August 31, 1934, to R. Clair and Mildred (Brueske) Gallup in Redfield, SD. Dick attended school in Athol, SD until 1950. His family moved to Redfield after his father passed away in 1951.
Later in 1951, Dick moved to San Diego, California. There he lived with his Aunt Ethel Gallup. While there, he worked at the Chief macaroni factory. He always told us he put the “bend” in the elbow macaroni, and it was true! He stayed in San Diego for two months and then moved to Fontana, California where he worked for Marshall Hansen doing cement and sewer work. In 1952, Dick returned to Redfield and started working for Wilson Brothers doing cement work.
Dick met Marjorie Leesch in 1952 and they were married on July 15th, 1953. They moved to Fontana where Dick continued to work for Marshall Hanson for the winter. While in California, Wilson Brothers contacted Dick and asked him to come back to Redfield, as they had a full-time job for him.
Dick began working for the Redfield Police Department in 1956. He served with the department for 10 years. The family then moved to St. Paul, MN where he began working for Sedalia-Marshall-Booneville Stage Line and drove a Highway Post Office from St. Paul, MN to Green Bay, WI. The family later moved to Mitchell, SD where he drove from Mitchell to St. Paul. In 1968, Dick returned to Redfield and the Redfield Police Department. In 1969, he began working for the State of South Dakota with the Public Utilities Commission as an Inspector in the Transportation and Warehouse division where he was involved in carrier enforcement and inspected grain warehouses. Dick spent 27 years working with the PUC and retired in 1996.
In addition to his work with the PUC, Dick was a member of the Redfield Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years and served as Captain on Pumper #2; he served on the Redfield City Council for 35 years; he was a board member for the Community Memorial Hospital for many years; and was also on the Grow Spink and Redfield Area Development Corp boards. He was a long-time member of the South Dakota Peace Officers Association and the South Dakota Municipal League.
Dick and Marge spent their free time at their cottage on Cottonwood Lake, and traveling in Luxembourg, Europe, Hawaii, and Jamaica. By moving their children multiple times across the country, they were also able to travel the United States. They never said no to this or any other challenge.
Richard is survived by three children, Beverly Marcene North, Aberdeen, SD; Daniel (Carolyn) Gallup, Aberdeen, SD; and Mary (Bradley) McIntyre, Casselton, ND. Three grandchildren, Robert (Ashleigh) Gallup, West Des Moines, IA; Katie (Mitchell) Crawford, Aberdeen, SD; and Lauren (Zachary) Prante, Casselton, ND. Four great grandchildren, Olivia and Miles Crawford and Nathan and Lyla Prante; sister-in-law Rosemary Hammond, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard’s wife, Marjorie passed away just hours prior to his death. Dick and Marge were married for 69 ½ years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: David (Joan) Gallup and Tom (Letha) Gallup, brother-in-law Clifford (Rosemary) Hammond, and his niece Hayley Hammond.
A celebration of life will be held in Redfield on July 15, 2023, which would have been their 70th wedding anniversary. More details about the celebration will be available closer to the date.