Patrick Michael Gallagher (November 21, 2020)

Patrick Gallagher photoOctober 15, 1956 ~ November 21, 2020


Mother – Dixie Thompson of Elk Horn, IA
Wife – Pamela Gallagher of Elk Horn, IA
1 Son – Chad (Lindsey) Powers of Glendale, AZ
2 Daughters – Jessica (Travis) Holloway of Irwin, IA
Autumn (Sean) Chapman of Manilla, IA
1 Stepdaughter – Renee (Scott) Hansen of Manning, IA
1 Stepson – Shawn Stanley of Des Moines, IA
3 Sisters – Allyson (Bart) Schmidt of Chattanooga, TN
Cynthia (Lynn) Rutherford of Jamestown, OH
Elizabeth (Billy) Butler of Copperas Cove, TX
3 Grandchildren – Lexi (Colby) Petersen
Trenton Holloway
Brock Holloway
3 Step-grandchildren – Emily Hansen
Dillon Hansen
Sophia Hansen
2 Great-grandchildren – Bennett Petersen
River Petersen
1 Step-great-grandchild – Paisley Reiser
Other Relatives & Friends

Patrick Michael Gallagher, son of Philip Vincent and Dixie Ann (Larson) Gallagher, was born on October 15, 1956, in Bremerton, Washington. He attended Irwin-Kirkman (Iowa) schools, and graduated with the Class of 1975. Patrick continued his education by attending Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He then proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Patrick returned from the Service, and was employed as a welder for many years in southwestern Iowa. He had completed CMA training, and most recently worked at Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa.

Patrick married Debra Anderson in June 1977, and the couple became the parents of three children. They later divorced, and on October 14, 2004, Patrick married Pamela Jean Swisher in Harlan, Iowa.

Patrick loved spending spend time with family, watching his grandchildren’s sports, and playing cards and board games at holiday gatherings. He also enjoyed driving his Ford Mustang and loved caring for his cat, Brandy (AKA “Stinky”).

Patrick M. Gallagher died on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He had reached the age of 64 years, 1 month, and 6 days.

Patrick was preceded in death by father, Philip Gallagher; his stepfather, Russell Thompson; and one brother, Eric Thompson. He is survived by his mother, Dixie Thompson of Elk Horn, Iowa; his wife, Pamela Gallagher of Elk Horn, Iowa; one son, Chad (Lindsey) Powers of Glendale, Arizona; two daughters, Jessica (Travis) Holloway of Irwin, Iowa, and Autumn (Sean) Chapman of Manilla, Iowa; one stepdaughter, Renee (Scott) Hansen of Manning, Iowa; one stepson, Shawn Stanley of Des Moines, Iowa; three sisters, Allyson (Bart) Schmidt of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Cynthia (Lynn) Rutherford of Jamestown, Ohio, and Elizabeth (Billy) Butler of Copperas Cove, Texas; three grandchildren, Lexi (Colby) Petersen, Trenton Holloway, and Brock Holloway; three step-grandchildren, Emily Hansen, Dillon Hansen, and Sophia Hansen; two great-grandchildren, Bennett Petersen and River Petersen; one step-great-grandchild, Paisley Reiser; and other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc. in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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3 Responses to Patrick Michael Gallagher (November 21, 2020)

  1. Autumn Chapman says:

    You get to have Thanksgiving mea this yearl at the most glorious table up there in Heaven!! I know you’re loving every bit of it❤️ Make sure to stop by for visits from time to time. I love you always dad. See you again one day.

  2. Debra Anderson says:

    You were my best. Friend before when in school and then when we married and right up to the day you passed. I love an miss you goofy laugh. And thank you for the miracles you blessed me, our daughters. And thank you for taking on the Job. of raising my son Chad Powers. .. You have left us all with so memories to share and make life for us to be proud to have had you in our life. My heart is broken for our kids, grandkids and great grandkids as they have lost piece of their hearts with you passing. But we have many pictures and our holidays to remember and games our family played and hearing your funny laugh. You well never be gone in our hearts. I want you to rest and fulfill all those dream we dreamed of. I well try hard to be the good person for our children that you were. Thank you for giving us such joy. Your loved an cherished from this point on. No one could fill your shoes. My heart. aches for our families broken heart.

  3. Jessica Holloway says:

    Love you always dad…..

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