Santiago L. “Jimmie” Gallegos, 79, was called home to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 19 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow. His final resting place is at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow. He was born on May 19, 1935. Jimmie joined the Marines at the age of 18 for four years and served 14 months in Korea. He also joined the Army National Guard, then the Army and was corporal for four years. He was post commander of the VFW and a member of the American Legion, as well as being active in the color guard. He was also known as a sharpshooter for the M1 rifle and 4S caliber pistol. He first worked with Nagle Lumber Company until he hired on in 1965 at the Santa Fe Railroad as a heavy equipment machine operator until 1990. Later that year he was employed by the State of Arizona, where he continued until retirement in May 2000. Jimmie had many interests and hobbies ranging from being a silversmith to hunting, fishing, camping, target practicing, bowling and woodcutting. Once he bought an engraver and would engrave everything in the house he could get his hands on. He also enjoyed being Santa Claus for the VFW, the American Legion, elementary schools, the hospital and the CCD program. His favorites were Sunday afternoon dinners and barbecues, but he especially loved his desserts. He enjoyed going to the movies in Flagstaff and spending the day there, and his trips to California to see his sister, son and daughter, and their families were always a joy. The most important part of his life was being devoted to the Catholic Church. He enjoyed participating as an usher and helping at Bingos and Cursillos. One would find him always in prayer from morning, afternoon and through the evenings, and he was especially honored to give the blessing at mealtimes. He was known to always give God’s blessings to all. He will be missed by family and friends, but will always be remembered by his “famous” phrases: “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” “Semper Fi” and “Haven’t seen you in such a long distance,” and when ever asked how he was, he would answer, “Pretty good, fine, alright.” Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary Gallegos; his children, Sandra (Jim) Shea of Hesperia, Calif., Bonnie (Arlin) Rogers, Reggie (Mike) Schill, Anthony (Rosa) Gallegos, Andy Gallegos, Stephanie (Wayne) Ackman of Winslow; his sister, Virginia Villaescusa of Norwalk, Calif; his grandchildren, Jessica and Melissa Jacobs, Christina Rogers, and James, Teresa, Steven and Colleen Shea; his great-grandchildren, Leia-Rae, Rylee and Kailyn; many nieces and nephews; his brothers-in-law, Tommy Andrade and Richard Sanchez; and his cousins, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Elvira Gallegos; two sisters, Susie Mier and Rosie Sanchez; a brother, Billy Gallegos; and his son, Jimmie Gallegos. Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.
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