A Celebration of life will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at New Life Christian Church in Albert Lea, with Pastor Vern Harris officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Howard Albert Gallentine, 88 yrs., of New Richland, MN passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems Albert Lea Hospital with family by his side. Howard was born in Marshalltown, Iowa July 20, 1928 to Jasper and Eva Lee (Robertson) Gallentine. He was the oldest of four children. Howard graduated from Marshalltown High School and at the young age of 16 started driving truck. He traveled many miles as a truck driver hauling eggs, chicks, and later the mail until his retirement. Howard married Shirley (Koch) Gallentine on Sept. 21, 1947. They were happily married for 54 years and had five children. They spent most of their married life in southern Minnesota living in Blooming Prairie for many years before moving to New Richland after retirement to be closer to his favorite past time of fishing with lots of lakes in the area. Howard also enjoyed tinkering on little projects or fixing things on the cars in his garage, watching the grandkids in their sporting or school events, spending quality time with family, friends, neighbors, and especially his church family.
Howard is survived by his five children:Linda (Gene) Pederson of Hartland, Steve (Maggie) Gallentine of Jordan, Debbie (Paul) Wallace of Geneva, Diane (Bill) Pfieffer of Waseca, and Dan Gallentine of St. Michael. His 14 grandchildren: Troy (Shannon) Pederson, Ryan Pederson, Mike (Nikki) Pederson, Matt (Staci) Gallentine, Siri (Gallentine) Brown, Chris Wallace, Brandon (Christina) Wallace, Amber Pfieffer, Wil Pfieffer, Joseph Pfieffer, Daniel Gallentine, Jr., Ashley Gallentine, Katie Gallentine, and Cassie Gallentine, as well as 10 great grandchildren: Collin, Casey, Winter, Harbor, Carrie, Mason, Lucy, Elizabeth, Hailey, and Chloe, two sisters: Shirley Sylvester of Wisconsin and Sharon Rick of Florida, nieces and nephews.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents Jasper and Eva Lee Gallentine, wife Shirley(Koch) Gallentine, one sister Judy Gallentine, and one daughter-in-law Carolyn Gallentine.
The family of Howard Gallentine wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Mayo Health Albert Lea Hospital for the kind and tender care they showed during his time there, New Life Church and Bayview Funeral Home for their support during this difficult time, and lastly to all the family, friends, and many others who offered well wishes, thoughts, and prayers. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com