P. Galen Gregory
February 9, 1933 ~ May 5, 2019
Paul Galen Gregory, beloved son, husband, father and friend passed away peacefully on May 5, 2019. Galen was born to Paul M. and Marie A. (Ganis) Gregory in Akron, Ohio and lived there until 1944. The family moved to Roseburg, Oregon where Paul and Marie opened a restaurant and gas station. Galen attended a one room school in Dillard, Oregon for Elementary School. The family purchased a 150 acre farm just west of Roseburg in 1946. Galen often told stories of his time working in the truck gardens, orchards and hayfields where he would make a dollar a day. He graduated from Roseburg High School in 1951
After High School Galen and his buddy Gregor enlisted in the Navy in May of 1952 during the Korean War. After completing boot camp in San Diego, Gregor was shipped out to sea and Galen was assigned to the 9th Naval District Communication Headquarters at Great Lakes, Illinois where he served until honorably discharged in November of 1954.
After he was discharged Galen and his parents moved to Fallon, Nevada where the family opened Greg’s Grocery (now Skip’s).
Galen started his career with the Nevada Highway Department in Fallon on the Survey crew in 1955. He worked statewide on Highway projects usually living onsite of the project. This took him to many parts of the State including Ely where he met his future wife Sylvia Jukich in 1957. Galen met Sylvia in a doctor’s office where she was working at the time. By November of 1958 Galen and Sylvia were married and Galen adopted Sylvia’s daughter Cheryl. Because of the job requirements they lived in an 8’ by 40’ trailer. During the next many years Galen was assigned to many different and remote locations in the State. All this time he was pulling that trailer, along with Sylvia and Cheryl, to each job. In May 1963, to give Sylvia and Cheryl a more stable life, they moved into Carson City.
During his career with the Highway Department (now NDOT) he started at the lowest level as a Jr. Engineering Aide and worked his way up through the Technician Series, the Engineering Series, and was promoted to the Assistant Construction Engineer in 1976. Galen passed the Professional Land Surveyors Exam in 1968. He retired after 30 years of service in 1985.
Galen and Sylvia traveled extensively in their RV throughout the United States, British Columbia, and Alaska where they visited many National Parks. Galen loved to drive and among his favorites were trips to the Oregon coast and exploring Nevada’s back country.
His loving wife of 48 years, Sylvia, passed away in 2006.
Galen got reacquainted with his high school sweetheart Mary Anne Hollenbeck and they continued to travel the west for many years. Both Galen and Mary Anne enjoyed this special time together.
Galen was preceded in death by his dad Paul, mother Marie, and wife Sylvia.
He is survived by his daughter Cheryl Mayne (Scott), sister Jeanne, nieces Jennifer Sims (John), Cynthia Kendoll (Jerry), Trudy Erquiaga, Tami Linnell, and Teena Dobrescu (Steve), and great nephews and nieces.
Galen lived his life with Honesty, Simplicity, Hard Work, and Dedication to and for his family. Galen was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
A service will be held at the gravesite in the Ely Cemetery on May 25th followed by a celebration at Uncle Buddy’s patio. Zivio!!