Omar Derril Gallup, age 75, of Kahoka, MO, died Saturday, August 18, 2007, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mexico, MO, where he had been a resident the past twelve years.
He was born May 16, 1932, in rural Clark County, MO, the son of Grover and Mary Alton Gallup.
He attended grade school at Gem, Stone, and Winchester, graduating from Wayland High School. Following graduation he joined the Navy Air Force where he repaired aircraft, advancing through the ranks until becoming disabled during his military service.
He married Alice Toops 39 years ago on March 14, 1968 at Kahoka, and became an instant father, helping her raise her two daughters, Alice Elaine and Mary Ann.
Survivors include his wife, Alice, of Kahoka; two step-daughters, Alice Elaine Toops Roller of St. Joseph, MO, and Mary Ann Toops Couch and her husband, Cliff, of Farmington, IA; five step-grandchildren: Nickie (Jason) Logsdon of Wyaconda, Gene (Hollie) Couch of Jesup, IA, Joshua (Sarah) Roller of St. Joseph, and Jessie Roller and Regina Roller, both of St. Joseph, MO; two step-great grandchildren, Ashley and Dakota Logsdon of Wyaconda, MO; two sisters, Anna Lou Jutte of Memphis, MO, and Mabel Tyler of Price, UT; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Dale and Montse Toops of Abeline, TX, Nolan and Mary Toops of Moulton, IA, Evelyn and Marvin Losey of Virginia, IL, and Lila and Steve Peterson of Mesquite, NV; as well as nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Marilyn Kerr and Ruth Pearson.
Omar Derril was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kahoka, St. Francisville Lodge # 588, A. F. & A.M. at Wayland, the D.A.V. (Disabled Veterans) and American Legion Posts of Missouri. He enjoyed visiting downtown Kahoka with friends and after moving to the Veteran’s Home, kept interested and informed of what was going on in the community through the local newspaper.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Beryl Cragg officiating. Special music was recordings "The Lord’s Prayer" and "The Old Rugged Cross".
Pallbearers were members of the masonic fraternity: Mark Murphy, Bill Jutte, Keith Zinnert, John Hume, Daryll Calvert and Steve Brammer.
Burial with military rites followed in the Kahoka Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Tuesday with a public masonic service being conducted at 6 p.m. followed by family receiving friends until 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.timeformemory.com/wilsonfh.