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09 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Daniel Gallegos

October 20, 1936-August 19, 2021

Daniel Gallegos was called by our Lord on Thursday, August 19, 2021. He was born to and preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Gallegos, Sr. and Manuela Mota Gallegos and brother, Joe Anthony Gallegos.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Elida (Lou) Rosel Gallegos. Left to cherish his life are daughters, Danielle Gallegos Washatka and Margot B. Gallegos–Steinberg and son, Michael A. Gallegos. Also, his pride and joy, grandsons – Jack Gallegos (his Shadow), Quentin Steinberg, Dylan Steinberg, Devin Gallegos and Brian Gallegos, as well as granddaughters Mikaela Gallegos and Ellie Gallegos. Daniel is also survived by his sisters, Carmen Raymond and Maria Michelle Gallegos. And also to cherish his memory are his dear “circle of friends”, and many nephews and nieces.

Daniel is a former member and founder of St. Matthew Catholic Church, where he served as President of the St. Vincent de Paul, Men’s Club, and Knights of Columbus Council 4140. Daniel was currently a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 15240.

Daniel was a graduate of Tech High School, Class of 1956 and nicknamed Houdini. He was a proud member of the United States Air Force with 20 years combined service with the Air Force, Army and Marine Reserves.

He retired from Civil Service at Kelly Air Force Base after 30 years of service. He always said his best assignment was with the 2866th GEEIA Squadron because it gave him the opportunity to travel to different countries while performing his job as an Equipment Specialist and Radar Installation Officer.

Daniel will be remembered as a quiet and soft-spoken man, who was always kind and caring and a friend to many. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Daniel was a traveling man, and he had a passion for cruising even while in a wheelchair after foot surgery, his grandsons, Jack, QQ and Dyn made the trip enjoyable for him, always assuring his safety and comfort.

And, Daniel always said that he lived a long and happy life. He leaves a legacy of kindness and love to be cherished by his family, especially the grandchildren.

Papa, you will remain in our hearts forever.

The Rosary will begin at 11:00 A.M. followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:30 A.M on Friday, September 10, 2021 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Private interment with Military Honors will begin at 9:15 A.M. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road.