Allan Warren Galbraith passed away at his residence in Hood River with family by his side on Sept. 6, 2009.
A service to honor Allan’s life was held Friday, Sept. 11, at Parkdale Community Church.
Allan was born in Wellpinit, Wash., on April 29, 1917, to William and May (Etue) Galbraith. He was one of nine children.
The family lived in the Wellpinit area, where he developed his lifelong love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors. In 1934, Allan graduated from Wellpinit High School.
He continued his education at the University of Idaho, where he studied forestry. On Nov. 10, 1939, he married Annette Hawley in Moscow, Idaho, and to this union was blessed a daughter, Delores. In 1940, Allan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho.
Following his studies, Allan joined the Department of the Interior, the beginning of a career of federal service ultimately spanning more than three decades. His final position was as assistant area director for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Allan retired from government service in 1972. He served our country proudly during World War II in the United States Army.
Allan’s career took him, Annette and Delores to various Indian reservations throughout the U.S. before finally taking them to Parkdale, Ore., where they made their home in 1974. Annette passed away April 29, 1986.
Allan enjoyed his retirement as an active member of the Upper Valley Lions Club, the American Legion and the Elks. He served on the boards of the Hutson Museum and the Hood River Historical Society.
Every year for 30 years, Allan traveled to Alaska to visit family and to fish. He also enjoyed golf, gardening and scouring Mount Hood’s foothills for huckleberries.
Allan is survived and will be dearly missed by his daughter, Delores Anderson, and son-in-law, Rick, of Parkdale; his companion of many years, Frances Arnold, of Hood River, Ore.; his brother, Glenn (Irene) Galbraith, of Wellpinit, Wash.; and sisters, Gertrude Sutton, of Midvale, Idaho, and Ruth (Roland) Hintze, of Spokane, Wash.
Also surviving are his grandsons, Todd (Mary) Grant, of Miami, Fla., and Ian Grant, of Washington, D.C.; step-grandsons Ryan Anderson, of Tacoma, Wash., and Bo Anderson, of Juneau, Alaska; his many nieces and nephews and his four great-grandsons.
In addition to his wife, Annette, and parents, William and May, he was preceded in death by five siblings: Bill, Clara, Phoebe, Dorothy and Merritt.
Memorials can be made in Allan’s memory to either Hospice of the Gorge or the University of Idaho’s Alumni Scholarship Fund, sent in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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