Richard A. Galante, Sr, age 90, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 16th, 2018


Richard Anthony Galante, Sr. passed away June 15, 2018 at the age of 90.  Part of our country’s “Greatest Generation”, a proud World War II Navy veteran, survivor of the “Great Depression” and a true Renaissance man.  Adept not only in music, art and business, but a home project and repair man, too.

First in his family to attend college following his Naval service and a brief stint as a factory worker, he graduated from Kent State University where he met his wife, Barbara (Kindig).  They were married 62 years before her passing in 2015.  He always said she was “the love of my life”.  Together they raised four children, Richard Jr., Michael P., Roberta A., and Thomas L.  Life was not always fair as they endured the loss of their infant son Gregory T. and later their eldest son Richard Jr.

Following his graduation from Kent State University he landed a job with Sears, Roebuck and Company selling refrigerators in the store.  He rose through the ranks, recognized for his organizational skills, fairness in dealing with customers and his peers and his exceptional ability to market Sears products.  He was transferred to Chicago headquarters in 1963, retiring in 1989 as National Sales Promotion Manager for Appliances and Building Products in Contract Sales.

Dick was born to Anthony M. and Marie (Bianchi) on February 9, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio.  One of five children he is predeceased by his brother Donald, sister Dolores and brother Leonard.  He is survived by his dear sister, Marilyn and her husband Kenneth Schuman, Sr.  He is also survived by his loving sister-in-law, Susan I. Galante, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Dick was a proud father-in-law to Robin (Michael) and Pamela Galante.  He was a very proud grandfather of Daniel (Gina), Joseph Sr. (Erin), Jonathan (Patrick), Kristin, Stephanie Brown and Megan.  He took great delight in his great-grandchildren, Aiden, Tyler, Alexis and Joseph Jr.

Enjoying raising his family in Lombard, he managed the Tigers Little League baseball team and the Senators in Babe Ruth baseball, capturing the 1972 Babe Ruth title. He loved gardening, cooking, but most of all, fishing.  He looked forward to the annual “guys” trip to Hillside Resort in Phelps, Wisconsin which included his dear friend and “son” Bill Moore.  This year would have been the 43rd, but it was not meant to be.

There is much that is left unsaid about this wonderful and loving man.  Each of us will cherish the lessons he taught us and hopefully we will, each in our own way, be able to be a tribute to his memory by the type of life we lead.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main St, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton, IL.

“Goodness and kindness will follow him all the days of his life and he will dwell in the House of the Lord forever”.

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