John L. Galaska

John L. Galaska

September 11, 1941 – March 22, 2024

John Lee Galaska passed away on March 22, 2024, in Gretna, Nebraska, at the age of 82. His final hours were peaceful and comfortable in front of a fire in his own home with family members holding his hands. His last breath and passing were beautiful indeed, just as he would have wanted it.

He was born on September 11, 1941, in Omaha to Florence and Joseph Galaska.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Joseph Galaska; brother, Bill; and sisters, Rose and Phyllis. He is survived by his wife, Trudy; brother, Don; and children: Mark, Randy, Phillip; daughter-in-law, Sugi; and grandchildren, Madeline Budin and son-in- law, Jarred Budin, John and Pavithra.

John “Old School” Galaska was driven, hard-working, honest, loyal, family oriented and very strong in faith.

John was raised in south Omaha and began his working career in the packing houses lugging beef and corralling by horseback. He moonlighted as a house painter and eventually started a fulltime painting and flooring business in 1962 which continues to this day.

John loved: God/Church, his family, country, hunting especially deer, elk and antelope, fishing in particular ice-fishing for walleye at Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, mowing, pushing snow, cutting trees, campfires, gardening, coin collecting, doing puzzles; currently a 4,000 4 section piece puzzle remains incomplete, holidays; 4th of July (especially his fireworks show), Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, baking especially his chocolate chip cookies and sour dough bread. John loved to razz people and could tell a tall tale that he could make believable yet never let on.

VISITATION: Tuesday, April 2nd from 5pm to 7pm at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S. 96th St.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, April 3rd at 11am at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.  Interment, Graceland Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are kindly suggested to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.

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  • Jim and Jeanie Felten Posted March 24, 2024 8:34 pm

    In deepest sympathy to the Galaska family. John was a very kind, caring, dedicated to Beautiful Savior church for many many years and a SPECIAL friend to both of us. He will be missed by many people. Jim and Jeanie Felten

  • Jim Stelzer Posted March 27, 2024 12:52 pm

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing. I have enjoyed working and socializing with him for many years in our Painting Contractor group [PDCA} .John was always generous, thoughtful, and helpful every chance that presented itself. He will be missed by many.

  • Judeen E Rkl Posted March 27, 2024 4:56 pm

    John was always a kind, caring, fun fella. He shared his God-given talents willingly.

  • Uwayzo Foster Posted April 1, 2024 6:04 am

    I’ve always known Mr.. John to be kind, generous, and an inspiration to many. I praise God for the blessing of having known him personally. My condolences to the Galaska family.

  • Elaine Hallett Posted April 2, 2024 7:33 am

    Trudy I am so sorry about your loss of John- we had some good times a few years back – many good memories of John and you and Don and myself. He was a great guy and will be remembered with many warm memories. My condolences, of course to your entire family

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