Roland "Rol" D. Gallaher, 85, passed away January 19, 2012, at Arbor Place, Medford, Ore. Rol was the eldest child born to James and Anna (Keeling) Gallaher, on February 21, 1926, in Umapine, Ore.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17, 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 many years as a ranch foreman for Roy Eslick in Dayton, Wash., where he was also a youth boxing coach. 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.
Rol is survived by his wife, Lee; brother, Lonnie; and sister, Fran. Also surviving are sons, Michael, Brian, Jim, Kelly O, and Terry; daughter, Vickie; stepsons, Ken and Ron Becker; grandchildren, Nikki, Shawn, Lacey, Keegan, Jenell, Heather, TJ, Tanner, Sheila, Shelly, Jake, Maryssa, Kassie, and Katie; and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Colleen.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. His
family is very thankful to the staff at Arbor Place for their love and care. Those who wish may send contributions to Oregon Alzheimers Association, 1650 NW Naito Parkway, #190,
Portland, OR 97209.