Name:    Charles Leonard Galutia

From:  The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri
Date:  Sunday, September 7, 2003

Charles Leonard Galutia died at the home on September 5, 2003. Born the son of William Galutia and Gertie Balmer on March 13, 1923, in Miller, KS, he was a decorated WWII Flight Officer, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and Presidential Union Citation among many others. He served in the 9th Air Force, 387th Bomb Group, 556th Squadron as a Bombardier Navigator in B-26 Martin Marauders, based in England and France.

Charles married Ardene Maybee June 9, 1946. He worked 36 years in the aircraft industry for Boeing Aircraft and TWA and retired in 1986. He enjoyed lobster, drives in the country, singing in the church choir, gardening, bird watching, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Kansas City, KS.

Survivors include his wife Ardene; son Gary and grandson Michael of Kansas City, MO; three sisters, Fern Plackett of Osage City, KS, Eleanor Huggins of Paola, KS, and Mabel Lindsay of Topeka, KS; two brothers, Glen Galutia of Milton, WA, and Harvey Galutia of Colorado Springs, CO; and other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters, three brothers, and his parents.

The family suggests contributions to Martin Luther Academy, PO Box 28308, Gladstone, MO, 64188-0308.

Visitation will be at Charter Funerals, 77 NE 72nd St., Gladstone, MO, 64118, 6-8 p.m. Monday, September 8. Funeral service will be at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 4153 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS, 66103, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Burial in Lyndon Cemetery, Lyndon, KS.