Lt. Col. (retired) Robert B. Galusha, 89, of Chester, passed away at his home on Thursday, September 2, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Burton and Leola Galusha, wife of 63 years, Carolyn Webber Galusha. He is survived by his sister, Sandra G. Matthews (Noah); daughter, Debra G. Folster (Robert Schley), and son, Robert Brian Galusha (Joy); grandchildren, Meghan F. Tarabay (Vladimir), Jonathan R. Folster (Ashley), and Chad and Cassidy Galusha; great-grandchildren, Savannah and Caroline Folster, and Brantley and Willow Tarabay.
Robert (Bob) Galusha was a 1955 West Virginia University graduate of the School of Journalism. He was an ROTC cadet preparing for a career as an Army officer. He enjoyed many awards for his unit team marksmanship in the National Rifle Association. Bob entered military service as a Captain with the Infantry, attended the Army Aviation School and graduated with his wings in 1956 as one of the first Army Aviators. He was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division and served on flight status until 1958. Bob served with the 4th Logistical Command in France/Germany and returned to the continental US in 1961 serving with the 2nd Battalion Group, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division as company commander and asst. S-3. In 1963, he was assigned to the 18th Aviation Company in Vietnam and served as flight section leader, asst. platoon leader and platoon leader. He returned to the US in 1964 to attend the Assoc. Armor Officer Career Course and returned to Vietnam for a second tour of duty in 1967. He served as Chief Instructor Pilot; Chief, Air Division; and Director, Airborne Collection and Identification Dept; US Army Security Agency Training Center and School at Ft. Devens. Bob was the recipient of many awards, citations and medals to include several Meritorious Service medals (first and 2nd Bronze oakleaf clusters); Bronze Star Medal; several Armed Forces Expeditionary medals; the Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; the Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; the Republic Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.
Upon retirement in 1975 at Ft. Lee, VA, Bob sought a civilian career with Chesterfield County government. He was hired by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors as the first county Personnel Director tasked to create a comprehensive human resources department. Upon his county retirement in 1985, he launched a new journey into real estate with Bowers, Nelms and Fonville for several years. Bob also worked with the IRS helping taxpayers navigate the tax process. Bob enjoyed his community service and friends during his 25 years of dedication to the Chester Civitan Club where he served as club director, vice president, president elect and president. In February 2021, Bob received recognition as a founding sponsor for outstanding support and commitment to building the National Museum of the US Army dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifices of the American soldier.
Bob was a devout member of Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church since 1976 where he served on many committees. He loved his family near and far. He was a hero and mentor to his daughter and son. He was humble, witty and wise. He loved his grandchildren and great- grandchildren and watched with pride as they participated in sports, excel in school studies and secure successful careers. He lost his beloved wife, Carolyn far too soon but he “fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7). Rest in peace dear Popper.
We love you. We will miss you and cherish our memories. Our hearts are broken but find peace knowing you now lay in the arms of Jesus and your lifetime sweetheart, “Carlye.”
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., with viewing from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church, 17120 Jefferson Davis Highway, South Chesterfield, VA 23834 with Pastor Denise Watkins officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com