Henry Rudolph 'Bud' Galle


Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2005

Henry Rudolph "Bud" Galle died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, with his family by his side. He was 89.

Masonic funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Sterling Senior Center. At his request, burial will be in Montana with his family at a later date.

Mr. Galle was born Oct. 17, 1915, in Manhattan, Mont., the youngest of four children of Mollie Bridgid Judge and Joseph Valentine Galle.

After completing elementary school, he lived with his sister, Eleanor Covey, in Bozeman, Mont., where he worked as a cowboy herding cattle on the Montana range. He also worked in the Bremerton shipyard as a crane operator during World War II, a truck driver for Heitz construction in Billings Mont., a mechanic for Babcock construction in Billings and was sent by Babcock to Panama, where he worked on the International Highway construction. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Yellowstone Park and as a mechanic for the Montana Department of Transportation in Billings, where he retired after 35 years of service. He also was in a partnership in a ranch in Thermopolis, Wyo.

Mr. Galle married Rachel Knight in Livingston, Mont., on Nov. 1, 1937. They had one daughter, Roxie. Rachel died Aug. 28, 1939.

He married Marguerite Leatherman in Billings on Jan. 26, 1946. They had one daughter, Debra. Marguerite died May 2000.

Mr. Galle moved to Alaska on June 15, 2003, to live with his daughter, Roxie, in Sterling.

He was a Master Mason and a lifetime member of Ashler Lodge No. 29 of Free and Accepted Masons of Billings, a member of Al Bedo Shrine of Billings, a Scottish Rite Mason, as well as a member of Nile Shrine Temple of Seattle. He attended Sterling Lodge No. 22 in Sterling. He was a 50-plus year member of Masonry. He also was an active member of the Sterling Senior Center.

He enjoyed spending time with his poodle, Ebby.

Mr. Galle was preceded in death by his wives, Rachel and Marguerite; grandchildren, Victor Hogge and Kathryn Dent; sisters, Dorthey and Eleanor; brother, Joe; and parents.

He is survived by his daughters, Roxie, and spouse, Leslie Little, of Sterling and Debra and spouse, Ron Weese, of Billings; grandchildren, April and Allen Weinrick of Palmer, Cheryl and John Bermouski of Homer, Bridgette and Dan Kellhoffer of Kenai, Joe and Gwen Hogge of Nikiski, Eric and Tonya Little of Phoenix, Darris Cress of Sterling and Cindy and Joel Carlson of Hardin, Mont.; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; two cousins; extended family in Villach, Austria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sterling Lodge No. 22 Building Fund, P.O. Box 32, Sterling, AK 99672 or Al Bedo Shrine Crippled Children's Patient Transportation Fund, 1125 Broadwater, Billings, MT 59102.

Arrangements were made by Witzleben Funeral Home in Anchorage.

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