John Gallagher passed away August 6, 2023 surrounded by his family and fiancé and life partner, Lowanna Perry.
He was born in Wickenburg, Arizona to parents, Ralph and Mary Gallagher of Morristown Arizona on November 2, 1965. They brought him home to his three siblings: Lucy (Richard), Frank (Liz) and Mary Ann (Mike).
From a young age he looked at the world with a vibrant imagination and an artistic eye. He flexed these gifts with rich imaginative play, often with his cousin, Paul, as they role-played, created costumes and visualized scenarios where small boys could do great things. He joined his father and brother in the Family woodcarving business, R. Gallagher and Sons, at the tender age of six. He attended Morristown Elementary School and was a Wickenburg High School graduate.
He was an accomplished woodcarver and perfected the family’s traditional Cigar Store Indian figure that is so widely found across the country and in other parts of the world. He specialized in unique carvings that included animals, real and mythical, cowboys and special carvings people requested. He carved the wooden soldier on display at the American Legion in Wickenburg.
He loved his family beyond measure. He is survived by sons, Andrew and Jaden (Alyda) and stepdaughters, Nicole Hughson (Josh), Melissa Fay (Nick),and Cindy Esquerra. He had nine grandchildren. His innate friendliness and kindness made him a favorite uncle to his nieces and nephews. His 21 year relationship with Lowanna included many travels to the beach and scuba diving excursions. They loved time spent in the mountains, walking the Hassayampa River, rock concerts, and shared time with their large families, to name just a few.
Beyond his artistic work as a woodcarver, he enjoyed Warhammer 40K gaming and invested much time in the painting of miniatures and game accessories.
He enjoyed interacting with nature in the forests of Arizona and Colorado. He spent time beachcombing, body surfing, scuba diving, riding dirt bikes in the desert, and learning about history . He had a deep appreciation for nature and animals. He loved his several cats and dogs like family members.
A Celebration of Life for John will be held on Friday, August 11 at 4:00 PM at the Wickenburg Funeral Home.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal…”