Brook, N.J. Miles Harlan Gallaher, formerly of Keyser, and Cumberland, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Abingdon Rehabilitation Facility in Green Brook, N.J. He was 91 years of age.
Miles (aka Mike) lived a happy, busy life, having been in business for himself, running a gasoline station and doing mechanical work. Later he was an airplane mechanic at Cumberland Airport in West Virginia. He was very interested in aerodynamics, having built a glider of his own. He also was a pilot and loved to fly. Toward the end of his life, he and his son, Michael, enjoyed flying drones for fun. Another of his loves was his "furry little cat!"
Miles served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of Grace Bible Fellowship in Short Gap and was the church organist there. He was a member of The Notables Organ Club, sponsored by Keyboard World, where he took organ lessons. He was a very musical person, who loved to listen to, play, and whistle the songs he knew and loved all his life. Mike was an expert woodworker and had a well-equipped workshop with every sort of tool a woodworker would need. He loved making all sorts of projects from lazy susans to porches. A quiet time activity he enjoyed was putting jigsaw puzzles together, especially with his son, Michael, or anyone else who wanted to join in the fun.
Miles was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary DeCler (Gallaher); his mother, Annie Mary Gallaher; his father, Alvin Harlan Gallaher; his brother, John H. Gallaher; a half-brother, Charles R. Gallaher; and a sister, Margaret McCullough Gallaher (Wolfe).
Miles is survived by his son, Michael Alexander Gallaher, and his wife, Liz, of Vienna, Va.; a sister, Mary Caroline Gallaher (Carper) of Catonsville; a sister, Elva Jane Gallaher (Batchelor) of Cumberland; a sister, Alice Louise Gallaher (Drake) of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; a sister, Emily Rosalind Gallaher (Noah) of Lando, S.C.; a step-daughter, Nancy Hynes, of Dunellen, N.J.; and her brother, Lance Harrington, Bridgewater, N.J.
Miles will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Rosemary (aka Sunny), at Maryland State Veteran's Cemetery at Rocky Gap, where there will be a memorial service held to celebrate his life. Pastor Brent Biller will preside. Miles will be sorely missed by his family who loved him very much. Friends and family will be notified of the date of the memorial service.
Published on September 1, 2017