Richard E. Gallup, 93, Clayton

CLAYTON, NY —  Richard E. Gallup, 93, Clayton, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, under the compassionate care of Hospice of Jefferson County, Gotham Street, Watertown, with his daughters at his side.

Calling hours will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. A graveside service will follow the calling hours in the Brookside Cemetery.

Richard was born Feb. 13, 1927, in Watertown, NY, the son of the late Harold and Dorothy Potter Gallup.

He enlisted in the Navy December 26, 1944 where he proudly served during World War II aboard the USS Rixey. He received an honorable discharge July 6, 1946.

He returned home to Three Mile Bay to marry the girl next door, Ruth E. MacDonald on December 15,1946. The marriage endured until her death May 6, 1995.

Richard and Ruth had three daughters. The eldest Judith was born March 16, 1949. She developed kidney disease in her teens and eventually required tri-weekly dialysis in Rochester, NY. They never failed to get Judy to her treatments while maintaining full time employment and caring for their other children. Richard donated a kidney to Judy in February 1972; she fought valiantly but died due to complications in January 1974.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jacqueline Gallup, Evans Mills; Jo Hood, Clayton; his siblings, Harold, TN; Russell (Trese), Clayton; Kenneth, Black River; Patricia (Albert) Montroy, Ogdensburg and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, wife and daughter he was predeceased by his sister-in-law Donna Gallup and companion for over 20 years, Donna Peters Chamberlain.

Richard loved his family and was very interested in genealogy. He cherished annual family reunions in Canada and traveled within New York State and beyond to meet with relatives and discover new family ties. His remarkable memory made him a source of information to others.

He had many hobbies over the years, with bowling and cars the most enduring. He had owned over 90 vehicles. When a relative challenged him on this, he wrote off a detailed list that remains in his desk drawer.

Though a career in the USPS was a source of pride and afforded his family a good life, he would have preferred to be a mechanic. He enjoyed working on stock cars and rebuilt many of his own vehicles.

Richard’s life was a long and filled with many blessings. He worked hard and was accomplished in many fields. Though he suffered loses and dealt with chronic pain, he maintained a positive attitude and always looked forward to tomorrow. Richard is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

His family wishes to thank Candy his caregiver, the staff at River Hospital and Hospice of Jefferson County. We will never forget your care, compassion, patience and guidance.

In Richards’s memory and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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