James ‘Jim’ Galligan of Perry


James “Jim” Galligan, 87, of Perry passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Rowley Masonic Community in Perry, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Perry. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 25 from 2-7 p.m., with family present from 4-7 p.m. and a time of sharing memories at 7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry at a later date.

Memorials will be given to the St. Patrick School or to the family, who will direct gifts to local organizations in Jim’s name and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.

James “Jim” Patrick Galligan was born Sept. 6, 1932, in Cuba City, Wis., to Albert James and Mary Genevieve (Whaley) Galligan.

He attended Cuba City High School and Madison Business College in Madison, Wis.

Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Donna Mary McNeill in Highland, Wis., Aug. 23, 1958.

Jim worked at Ford Motor Co., Rayovac and Oscar Mayer in Madison, later transferring with Oscar Mayer to Perry in 1966 until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church for 53 years, serving on the Financial Committee, the St. Patrick School Board and as an usher.

Jim was also a member of Knights of Columbus, the Perry Elks Club and the American Legion.

He enjoyed the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Peter’s Coffee Club.

We enjoyed his witty and wry sense of humor along with his “Jim-isms.”

In death he rejoins his parents, Albert and Mary Genevieve; siblings, Anne Brewer, Richard Galligan, Robert Galligan and Mary Dall; brothers-in-law, David Dall and Ron Birkett; and a sister-in-law, Jane Galligan.

Left to cherish Jim’s memory are his wife, Donna; children, Colleen (Jim) Kuhl of Dubuque, Tim (Lesley) Galligan of Downers Grove, Ill., Kelli (Reggie) Recker of West Des Moines, Dan (Cindy) Galligan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Molli Galligan of Des Moines; grandchildren, Megan (Seth) Kuhl-Stennes, Mark (Bridget) Kuhl, Maureen Kuhl, Mackenzie Kuhl, Patrick, Johnny, Annie and Timmy Galligan, Connor, Meredith and Brody Recker, and Libby, Mary and Janey Galligan; great-grandchildren, Jonah, Grace and Sophia; sister, Margaret Galligan Birkett of Cuba City; sister-in-law, Jean Galligan of Green Bay, Wis.; brother-in-law, Allen “Smiley” Brewer of Fairborn, Ohio.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at MercyOne Medical Center, the Rowley Masonic Home and St. Croix Hospice.


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