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Elwood E. Gallagher

September 23, 1950 — April 11, 2024

Elwood E. “Woody” Gallagher, 73 passed away on Thursday evening, April 11, 2024.

Born in Shamokin on September 23, 1950, he was a son of the late Constance Smith and was the stepson of the late Fletcher Smith.

He attended schools in Shamokin and Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Gallagher was a decorated Vietnam Army veteran having served his country from 1967 until 1970.  He served in Vietnam and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 109th Infantry Regiment.  His awards, medals and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, The Vietnam Civil Action Medal, the Marksman M-14 Rifle Badge, the .45 Caliber Pistol Badge and the Expert M-16 Rifle Badge.

Woody was last employed for over twenty-five years as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to his retirement in 2010.

On April 28, 1991 in Kulpmont, he married the former Mary Kay Burge who survives.

Woody was a member of the Mandata Legion Post 504, Herndon where he served as the Sergeant at Arms.  He was a diehard Cleveland Browns fan and as a teenager worked as a vendor selling hot dogs at the Browns old stadium. 

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were a special aunt and uncle, Merlin and Jacqueline Snyder; and additional aunts and uncles.

Surviving in addition to his wife of almost thirty-three years, Mary Kay Gallagher are daughter, Daniella Radziewicz and her partner Gary; son, Neil Yoder and his wife Candy; daughter, Christen Blore and her husband Scott; son, Kevin Troup and his wife Elizabeth; daughter, Jennifer Straub and her partner Chad; ten grandchildren, three great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter due to arrive this October; sister, Susan Bell and her partner Michael; sister, Kathy Smith and her partner Michael; brother, Douglas Smith and his partner Cindy; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Woody’s Life will be announced in the future.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 also at parkinson.org or to your local animal shelter.

Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 South Market Street, Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III, Supervisor has been entrusted with the arrangements.  To offer condolences to Woody’s family, please sign the guestbook below.

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