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Mr. Robert Galt
July 20, 1927 - September 27, 2016
Robert H. Galt
Robert Harry Galt, much-loved husband, father, step-father, father-in-law, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather, temporarily has said good-bye to these relationships, to reunite with those who have gone before and into the arms of his savior, his Lord Jesus Christ. He died September 27, 2016.
Bob was born July 27, 1927. The second of three children born to Boone and Winifred (Carter) Galt, he was a mischievous boy with beautiful blue eyes and a tender heart. He attended Arsenal Technical High school until in July of 1945, at age 17, he joined the Navy to be part of the war effort. He served his country proudly in the Mediterranean Sea on the USS Philippine Sea and received his GED while in service. While away, he began a pen-pal relationship with Diana Johnson, a friend of his brother Bill’s back home in Broad Ripple. Over several years, their correspondence deepened into love. He proposed while on leave, and they were married in August of 1951. They raised four children, Denise, Terrie, Cindie, and David, and provided a loving home for family gatherings for many years.
Bob had been trained in electronics and had worked at Howard Sams, Inc, followed by the Buehler Corporation. He moved on to selling outdoor advertising for White Advertising for a number of years before being recruited to work for Electron Beam Welding, a company started by a friend and former co-worker from Buehler, where he headed up sales until retiring. He did come out of retirement to work in scheduling at Electronic Telephone Systems, the company owned by daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Tom LaFollette, where Diana had also been the secretary.
Diana passed away in 2003, and Bob eventually reconnected with a dear, widowed friend from their church, Barbara Malone. The two found that a long friendship could become something much deeper. They married in June of 2005, much to the delight of all of their children.
Bob’s greatest joy outside of his family was using the beautiful singing voice God gave him. He belonged to the Indianapolis Men’s Barbershop Choir in the late 1960s, but his great love was leading and/or singing in his church choirs, which he did at every church he attended, including Antioch (now Castleton) Christian Church, East 91st Street Christian Church, and his current church home, Smith Valley Road Baptist Church. He will be remembered for having led numerous Easter and Christmas cantatas as well as the weekly Sunday service music.
Bob loved words, especially clean humor and puns. He loved kidding with his family, and his gentle good humor was appreciated by all. He was vulnerable, full of empathy, and always a gentleman. He was a champion of the underdog and would go out of his way to make sure no one felt slighted.
Bob’s faith and devotion to his God and his family were hallmarks of those who knew him, and were often strengthened in their faith as a result of his witness. His faith in God was tested at many times in his life. Yet he never wavered in his belief that the God of the universe had His hand on his life, and trusted that He would lead him wherever he should go.
Bob was active in his church and in his family’s lives well into his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s. He was blessed to be lovingly cared for by his devoted wife, Barb, until an illness left him unable to remain at home. He was then beautifully ministered to by the staff and chaplain at Hamilton Trace until his passing, and his family are forever grateful to the care provided by them, and especially by Hospice.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Diana (Johnson) Galt, and daughter Theresa (Galt) Voiles. He is survived by wife Barbara, daughters Denise (Tom) LaFollette, late daughter Terrie's husband Mick Voiles, Cindie (Greg) Lloyd, and son David (Stephanie) Galt, brother Bill (Charlie) Galt, half-sisters Nancy Marlette, and Judy Tupper. He also leaves behind two step-daughters, Debbie (Guy ) Stallings, and Kathy Spears, precious grandchildren Angie Eads, Steven (Elizabeth) LaFollete, Katie (Kenji) Minami, Nathan (Kelly), Zachary & Jacob Wampler, Jason & Jessica Voiles, and Diana Galt, 3 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob’s legacy is his love for Christ, his children, and his country in that order. He will be missed, but his life will live on in those he touched.
A visitation for Robert will be held on Sunday, October 02, 2016 from 2pm to 5pm at Smith Valley Road Baptist Church: 4682 Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, IN 46142. Services will be held Monday, October 03, 2016 at 1000 am at Crown Hill Funeral Home: 700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.