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Lake Sun Leader [Camdenton, Missouri]   06 Dec 2006 < >

Rolland Galyean, 77

Rolland Galyean, 77, of Osage Beach, formerly of Galesburg, Ill., passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at the Osage Beach Health Care Center, where he had been trying to recuperate from lung problems complicated by congenital heart diseases.

Rolland was born on Dec. 24, 1928, as the first son, of the first son, of the first son, to Froman and Pauline Galyean of Galesburg, Ill., where he was raised and educated.

He had an older brother, Jim Galyean of Peoria, Ill. (who preceded him in death), a younger brother Rodney Galyean of Moline, Ill.; and one sister, Patricia Zimmer of Chatfield, Minn.

Rol joined the Navy and attended electronics school in Monterey, Calif., then spent two years in the Pacific theater on a destroyer (the USS Rupertus). In 1949, he married Delores Enloe and together they were the parents of five daughters. His oldest, Karean Thomas, preceded him in death in 2004, at the age of 54.

Rolland was a draftsman at Alexander Lumber Company (Galesburg) from 1952 until 1963. He then became a member of the Prudential Life Insurance Company as a special agent. His professional career included owner of various rental properties, owner and operator of several restaurants, part owner of a general insurance agency, and an organizer and director of the Community Bank of Galesburg. Mr. Galyean once ran for mayor in Galesburg. He was an active member of the Galesburg Jaycees during the 1960s and 1970s and served as president in 1963. Rol moved to Osage Beach in 1975. Mr. Galyean was a partner in the construction business for nine years where he built hundreds of homes in the area.

In 1987, Rol married Connie Smith Major and together they formed Con-Rol Development Company.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, one daughter and two grandsons, Mathew Underwood and John Pecsi.

He is survived by his wife, Connie (Major) Galyean; four daughters, Sharon and George Pettit of Grand Junction, Colo., Carol and William Mueller of Jefferson City, Mo., Rhonda and Gary Quarterman of Galesburg, Ill. and Linda Pecsi of Decatur, Ill.; two step-sons, Glen and Kathy Schlenfort of Camdenton, and David and Anita Schlenfort of Linn Creek; one step-daughter, Tara and Dan Jarka of Elborn, Ill; 23 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He had many friends in Illinois and Missouri and stayed in touch with old friends from around the world. He was loved.

A memorial service will be held from 2-4 p.m., Dec. 9 at the Hedges Funeral Home on Highway 42 in Osage Beach, Mo.