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George M. Gales

George M. Gales of Defiance, MO, passed away on June 27, 2024, at the age of 87.

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He was the beloved husband of the late Dee Gales (née: Martin) of Defiance. He is survived by his four daughters, Karen Gales of Houston, TX; Patricia (Joe) Wolf of St. Charles; Teresa (Gary) Brown of Mackinaw, IL; Susan (Steve) Cox of Lee Summit, MO; seven grandchildren, Rudy, Clara, Kim, Kelly, Danielle, Andrew, Jonathan; and four great-grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his father, George Gales; mother, Hattie Gales (née: Rohlik;) wife, Dee Gales; three brothers; and one sister.

George M. Gales, a cherished husband, father, and decorated Navy pilot, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sheridan, Minnesota. George's life was marked by dedication, service, and an unwavering love for his family and country.

George's academic journey led him to earn a Master's Degree, which further fueled his passion for lifelong learning and excellence. His illustrious 20-year career as a Navy pilot was distinguished by his bravery and skill. The many medals adorning his chest, including the Navy Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Republic Of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service/Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, were testaments to his valor and commitment.

After serving his country with honor, George found solace and joy in his diverse hobbies. He was an active member of the Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Church, where he found community and spiritual fulfillment. George's interests were as varied as they were unique, an avid collector of coins, guns, seashells, butterflies, knives, and books; each collection had a story, and he was the best storyteller to tell it. His love for reading was insatiable, and he could often be found with a book in hand, lost in its pages.

A true Minnesotan at heart, George's enthusiasm for the Minnesota Vikings was infectious, and his passion for skeet shooting, along with building model tanks and planes, showcased his dexterity and attention to detail. His travels took him to many places, but the stories he brought back were what truly captivated his audience.

George's greatest joy, however, was his family. His beloved wife, Dee, was his steadfast partner in life's journey. His daughters were the light of his life and his love for them was immeasurable, and the time spent with his family was cherished above all else.

George M. Gales's life was a tapestry woven with threads of courage, love, and service. As we say goodbye, we celebrate a life well lived and a man well loved. His spirit will live on in the stories he told, the lives he touched, and the family he adored. George was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation: Friday, July 12, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8 W Hwy D, New Melle.
Funeral Mass: Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, New Melle.  
Memorials: In honor of George, donations may be made to: Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Church, New Melle, Missouri