Oswin Galle, Jr.

Memorial service for Oswin “Karmie” Galle, Jr, 81, Lawrence will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, April 18, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church.  Private inurnment will take place at Pioneer Cemetery.  He died April 8, 2013 at Presbyterian Manor.
Karmie was born on February 11, 1932 in Valley Center, KS the son of Oswin Karmie and Sara Schmidt Galle. 
Karmie was employed as a senior scientist for 40 years at the Kansas Geological Survey for the University of Kansas. 
He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and several terms as Clerk of Session.  He also served on several committees of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas.  He was involved in other activities such as bell and chancel choir. 
He was a member of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) and served as Governing Board Chair, General Chair, treasurer, and member of the governing board.  He wrote the FACSS Operational Manual and in 2012 he received the Distinguished Service Award for exceptional long-tem service to FACSS.  He was also a member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS), Charter member of the Kansas City section of SAS, served as President and Parliamentarian, authored the original SAS Officers and Committee Members Handbook, was the co-managing editor of Applied Spectroscopy publications, as well as receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 1996 for his dedication and outstanding service to SAS. 
His hobbies were model-railroading, gardening, and traveling.  The most memorable trips were the visit to Weierhof, Germany, home of his paternal great-grandparents, and Ukraine, home of his maternal great-grandparents, before they all emigrated to America.
He married Edna M. Thieszen on June 1, 1957 in Henderson, Nebraska.  She survives of the home.
Other survivors include daughter, Suzanne Marie Galle, Lawrence; two sisters, Lillian Galle and Darlene Wynn and husband, Ted, all of Newton, KS; brother, Omer Galle and wife, Zona, Newton, KS; brother’s-in-law; sister’s-in-law; and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Lee Galle in 2001; and three sisters, Marianna Hall, Kathryn Vogt, and Lorraine Galle.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the First Presbyterian Church, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) or Visiting Nurses Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

10 Condolences

  1. Berneil and Ted Mueller on April 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Edna and Suzanne, we are holding you close in our hearts and minds.

    And cherishing pleasant memories of Karmie.

    With our love.

  2. Don Whittemore on April 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I appreciate the many years of analytical service that Karmie conducted as a part of his work at Kansas Geological Survey. After he retired, I enjoyed seeing him at some of the KGS holiday luncheons or picnics. May the good memories that others and I hold of him continue with you.

  3. Sharon Elaine on April 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Karmie. You have my deepest condolences. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Please remember death is not the end. Almighty God has given us His son, Our Lord Christ Jesus, and through him we have the promise that our loved ones will be brought back to life in the resurrection. Although this promise does not completely take away the pain of missing Karmie, I pray that it brings you peace. Galatians 1:3; John 5:21, 28, 29. Heartfelt prayers are with the family.

  4. Jim Eggenberger on April 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    My deepest sympathy to Edna & Suzanne

  5. Carolyn Wiley on April 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Dear Edna,

    I am sorry to hear of Karmie’s passing, and extend you my condolences.

    Carolyn Wiley (formerly Davis)

  6. Laura Claxton on April 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Edna and Suzanne,
    I am thinking of you during this time. Karmie was such a special man and will be missed greatly.
    Laura Claxton

  7. D Beckett on April 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Miss Edna,

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your husband. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire family. God made a wonderful promise in Revelation 21:3-5,that(in His Kingdom)there will be no more death,pain,tears,and mourning. May you find comfort in God`s promise.

  8. Barbara Getter on April 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Always good neighbors, you & Suzanne are in our prayers. We will miss seeing him work on his garden!

  9. Deb Pentecost on April 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Thinking of you, Edna and Suzanne, and all your family. In reading about Karmie, I understand that he was very instrumental in all the organizations in which he belonged, served whole-heartedly at church, and treasured you, his family. Take care of yourselves, Love, Deb Pentecost

  10. Harry D. Galley on April 16, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Dear Edna und Suzanne. Kathy and I will certainly miss Karmie in the brief time that we knew him. He was a very special person in our lives and we know that the Lord will welcome him with open arms. We also enjoyed the times that we had during the Galle reunions in the short time that we were able to attend them.
    Our prayers go out to you and may the Lord Bless you.

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