Thomas Gallagher

Thomas Gallagher, age 81, of Montgomery, passed away Wednesday, February 15 at his home.






He was born on October 3, 1935 in Corning to Albert and Catherine (Colvin) Gallagher. He was a 1953 graduate of Montgomery High School. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and served in the Indiana National Guard for several years. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Oakland City University and his Master’s degree at Indiana State University. He retired from Barr-Reeve School system after 51 years of teaching mathematics and physics. He was very faithful to his Catholic faith. After retirement he enjoyed spending more time with his family, traveling, and gardening. He was
an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.

He is survived by three sons; Dr. John (Becky ) Gallagher of Loogootee, Randy (Angie) Gallagher of Montgomery and Rick Gallagher of Montgomery; two daughters, Dr. Karen (Brian) Gallagher-Horsting of Plainfield and Diane (Mark) Shake of Montgomery, special friend Jan Wake of Washington; eleven grandchildren; six great granddaughters and was looking forward to the arrival of his first great grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn (Riester) Gallagher on July 13, 1999, whom he married August 23, 1958; sisters, Helen L. Doyle, Anna Fern Duncheon and Margaret Bullock.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday at St Peter Catholic Church with Father James Koressel, Father Kenneth Walker and Father Joseph Erbacher as concelebrants. Burial will follow in St Peter Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 PM on Sunday at St Peter Catholic Church. There will be a rosary at 2:45 pm on Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to St Peter Catholic Church, 305 N Second St., Montgomery, IN 47558, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, Barr-Reeve Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 25, Montgomery, IN 47558. Condolences may be sent to the family online at