Judge John “Peter” McGalloway, 97, died at home of old age
on May 3, 2020. He was born on April 8, 1923 in Fond du Lac, WI. He grew up in
the home his family built on Park and Division Streets while spending the
summers at Winnebago Park. He attended St. Joseph’s grade school and Goodrich
High School. He graduated from Goodrich in the Class of 1940 and was enrolled
at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA for two years before WWII interrupted
his studies. He was drafted into the Army and was sent to boot camp in Texas
before being shipped off to North Africa and subsequently Italy, Germany,
France, and England. He shipped home the end of 1945 and resumed his college
education at Marquette University. After graduating, he attended Harvard Law
School Class of 1950. Returning to Fond du Lac, he joined his father and later
his brother Bill at the McGalloway law firm where he practiced until 1968. In
that year Governor Knowles appointed him as a judge for the Fond du Lac County
court system where he served honorably until his retirement in 1991.
He married his beloved wife Patty in 1948 before entering
law school. They raised five children. He was a devoted and generous husband
and father who was active in the Fond du Lac community through such
organizations as Noon Rotary, the Elks, Marian College, South Hills, and Holy
Family Church. His passions in life other than the law were being a train
enthusiast, riding a number of famous trains throughout the world, high-seas
cruising, and attending Packer games from as far back as the old stadium in the
1950s. He survived the “Ice Bowl” classic game against Dallas.
He was devout Catholic and always prepared his soul to meet
our heavenly Father. May our Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of the
Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, have mercy on his soul. He certainly was a
witness of a life well lived.
He is survived by his children; Mary and John of Scottsdale,
AZ, Ann of Fairbanks, AK, and Jane Glavin of Fond du Lac; his grandson Clarke
Schuyler of Colorado; his sisters-in-law Marilyn McGalloway of Fond du Lac and
Aline Glavin of Rochester, NY, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Patty, his youngest child Clarke, his brother Bill
McGalloway, and his sister Mary Abney, as well as his parents and many in-laws.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the
staff of Agnesian Hospice for their excellent care.
Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the family. Cremation has
taken place and a private family burial at Calvary Cemetery will be held. Due
to the pandemic, a Memorial Mass will be offered for him when time permits.