The Defense Rests
John William “Bill” Gallup was born in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, on March 3, 1935, and passed away on January 13, 2023. Bill passionately lived his profession as a criminal defense attorney. Bill loved his family, the United States, the military, the law, Lake Okoboji, Colorado, baseball, art, reading, Joslyn Castle, SAC Museum, and Western Heritage Museum—to name a few.
Bill received a BS degree in 1957 from Omaha University and a Master’s degree from the University in 1959. He served two years in the US Army. When his dream of pitching for the Yankees did not materialize, Bill enrolled at Creighton Law School, where he found his true love—the law, graduating in 1964. Upon graduation, Bill was an assistant city prosecutor, deputy county attorney, and an assistant United States attorney before entering private practice. Bill was most proud of a case where he was the only attorney in Nebraska to ever walk a client from death row to freedom.
His love of literature and writing was evident in the many articles he wrote for legal magazines and the many articles he sent to the World-Herald. He received numerous awards and honors, but the one he was most proud of was his invitation to join the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, which included the most well-known criminal attorneys in the country. He also served as president of that Board. His love for baseball never left, but he reconciled his disappointment when he realized the courtroom had become his Yankee Stadium, and instead of pitching baseballs, he was pitching justice. The US flag has flown proudly at every home he owned; he was proud to be an American, a naturalized one. He firmly believed the words of MacArthur—duty, honor, country.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Paula Fortune Gallup, his daughters, Pamela Conrad (Chris), and Bridget Gordman (Kip); his sons, Sean and John Jr.; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Djel Ann Brown (Paul) and their children: Randy (Kim) Brown, Scott (Kerri) Brown, Marietta Luellen (Rob); twelve additional nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: Friday, January 20th, from 10am to 11am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St., followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am. Lunch to follow. Family Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Creighton University for the William Gallup Scholarship Fund in the School of Law, in the care of Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler (7805 W. Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124).
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