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Galen H. Falk

March 19, 1948 — May 28, 2009

Galen H. Falk, 61, of Grand Island, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, after a long and resolute battle with colon cancer. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Joseph Javorsky, Derrick Haskins and Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul, with graveside military honors by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Peters Funeral Home in St. Paul. Mr. Falk was born on March 19, 1948, at St. Paul, the son of Herbert and Hazel (Harvey) Falk. He is survived by his wife, Jane A. Falk of Grand Island; one daughter, Mikelle Falk Dankert of Grand Island; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Trenton Falk of Grand Island and Travis and Megin Falk of Omaha; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and William Craven of Seattle, WA and Vivian and Paul Day of Eugene, OR; and one brother and sister-in-law, Norman and Naomi Falk of Albuquerque, NM. He also leaves to cherish his memory, two granddaughters, Paige Dankert of Grand Island and Berkeley Falk of Omaha. Galen grew up in St. Paul where he attended St. Paul Public Schools. Following his education he served in the United Sates Army in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, after which he returned to St. Paul. He was united in marriage to Jane A. Wohlers on June 15, 1973, at Rapid City, SD. The couple lived in St. Paul where he owned and operated Falk Irrigation and Welding for a number of years. He also built and operated the Classy Chassy Carwash and Storage Units. In 1988, he began working at Ditch Witch of Nebraska in Grand Island, where he became a partner with Gale Larson in 1993. After retiring from Ditch Witch in 2003, Galen and Jane moved from Grand Island to South Fork, Colorado, where they lived among the beauty of the mountains. It was there that they enjoyed the outdoor sports of hiking, camping and ATV’ing with many new friends who became like an extended family. In February of 2009, they returned to Grand Island. He was a member of The Chapel of South Fork, where he was a member of the church board. He was also a member and past commander of the Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 and VFW Post 10752, both of St. Paul and the Royal Coachmen Car Club, also of St. Paul. Galen loved animals, classic cars, NASCAR, motorcycles, family vacations and socializing with friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son-in-law, John Dankert. In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
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