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Ralph J. Gallus, 86

Ralph J. Gallus, at the age of 86, peacefully sitting at his kitchen table in the same home he was born, passed into the gates of heaven Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Jack’s Basket, celebrating babies with Down Syndrome. Mail to: Jack’s Basket, 2960 Snelling Ave. N L-105: Roseville, MN 55113.

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Ralph was born Feb. 1, 1933, in Franklin Township, Wright County, to Joseph and Blanche (Fautsch) Gallus.

He married Shirley Keeler at a very young age. They had eight children and farmed together on the original Gallus homestead, where they raised registered Holstein cattle, as well as registered quarter horses. Ralph also enjoyed raising Hereford cattle – it was his Montana side this Minnesota guy never quite got to experience.

Ralph is survived by his children, Joy (Jim) Hickman, Joe (Sue) Gallus, Deb (Jeff) Becklund, Shirley (Tim) Kallunki, Shawn Karl, and John (Bev) Gallus; son-in-law Tony Swartzer; 24 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; and daughters Sandra Swartzer and Molly Gallus.

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