The Rev. Dean Gallaway went home to be with Jesus and his beloved Dorie on June 7, 2014, at Pratt. He was born Nov. 6, 1920, at Erick, Okla., to Larry and Flonnie Gallaway. He graduated from Erick High School in 1939.
On Oct. 8, 1939, he married his childhood sweetheart, Doris Faye Sparks, in Sayre, Okla. They were married 67 years.
Dean entered the Army Air Corps in July 1942, then entered the cadets to learn to fly in 1943. He was promoted to captain. He was assigned a flight crew and became a pilot for the B-24 bomber. He completed 23 bombing missions over Germany before the end of the war in Germany. He was the pilot for the crew that was given credit for bombing Hitler’s bunker.
During his military career he was awarded numerous medals, the most honorable being the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal.
Dean is well known to his family, friends and community for his enthusiasm in sharing his military stories. It was very important to Dean to be sure that God was glorified in his stories and he always gave God the glory for the protection of him and his crew during the war. One of many examples of this being the story of after returning from a particularly dangerous mission, 370 patches were applied to his plane.
After the war Dean and Doris returned to Liberal, where he started a successful construction company with his father. Throughout his life he continued in the construction business to supplement his income while being in the ministry.
Even though Dean was well known for his military career, even more important to him was his lifelong involvement “doing God’s work” in the ministry.
In January 1959 he accepted the pastoral call to become the minister of Christian education for First Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City. As an ordained Nazarene minister, he served churches in Eugene, Ore., Wichita, Oklahoma City and Ponca City, Okla. Dean has been given the credit for being the first official children’s pastor in the Nazarene churches. His love and special rapport with children was evident throughout his life. A lasting physical memorial is the Dean Gallaway Life Center in the Abundant Life Nazarene Church in Pratt.
He was a member of Abundant Life Nazarene Church, Pratt, and Lake View Park Nazarene Church, Oklahoma City. He was a member of and actively involved in the B-29 Memorial in Pratt and a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.
Preceding him in death were his wife Doris, his parents and siblings.
He is survived by his adopted daughters, Jan Pope and Christine Phillips, Pratt; eight great-grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as “Papa Dean;” nephews Curtis and Patti Shore, Texas, Stan and Pam Shore, Oklahoma, and Larry and Judy Belew, Kansas; niece, Karilyn and Jack Tevebaugh, Okla.; church family and a host of friends of all ages. A special thanks and recognition to Tom Lane for sharing a very special friendship and visiting him almost daily over the past several years and supporting Jan and Christine during the last week of Dean’s life.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Abundant Life Nazarene Church, 1120 Glenarm, Pratt.
Memorials may be made to the church, Pratt B-29 Memorial or South Wind Hospice, Pratt, in care of the church or to each individual organization.