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Galen Hugh Hose

July 29, 1951 ~ September 20, 2018 (age 67)

Galen Hugh Hose, 67, Auburn, Indiana, died September 20, 2018, at DeKalb Health.

     Galen was born in Garrett, Indiana, on July 29, 1951, the son of Ralph and Alice Strong Hose.

     He married Angela F. Keller on June 10, 1972 at Coburn Corners Church of Christ near St. Joe, Indiana.

     He was a graduate of Eastside High School, Butler, Indiana, in 1969.  His employment included International Harvester in Fort Wayne, Indiana, insurance sales, auto sales at various dealerships, and Fricks Farm Services in Wawaka, Indiana.

     He recently attended the Auburn Church of Christ.  Galen was an avid fisherman, enjoyed the outdoors on his family farm, enjoyed bowling, and enjoyed being with his family especially with his grandchildren.  He was a man of his word and held people's trust.  He was always ready to have a good laugh with a special sense of humor. 

     Surviving is his wife of 46 years, Angela F. Hose.  Survivors also include two daughters, Sara Hose and Steve Brooks of Auburn, Indiana; Leah Jurek and spouse Matt Jurek of Grants Pass, Oregon; three grandchildren, Kylie Russell, Faith Jurek, and Fisher Jurek.  Also surviving are mother, Alice Hose of Butler, Indiana; sister Joann Phillips and spouse Lou Phillips of Indianapolis, Indiana; and brother Wendell Hose of Evansville, Indiana.  He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Hose.

     Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. at Pinington Funeral & Cremation Services, 502 N. Main St., Auburn, Indiana.

      Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the Auburn Church of Christ, 1103 S. Jackson St.  Pastors Andy Grimes and Davon Huss will be officiating.  Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn.

     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Auburn Church of Christ Missions Fund.


All who knew Galen Hose would agree that there was no one quite like him. He was larger than life, and he made it his mission to make sure that those around him enjoyed life as much as he did. Galen worked hard, but he played hard, too, and there was nothing he enjoyed more than being surrounded by his family and friends. It was easy to see that he was a man of faith, and his life exemplified what it means to be the hands and feet of the Lord he loved. Although he was taken from his loved ones too soon, Galen leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever cherish.
It seems only fitting that Galen’s journey began during the vibrant decade of the 1950s. It was as the heat of the summer held the city of Garrett, Indiana, firmly in its grip in 1951 that Ralph and Alice (Strong) Hose announced the birth of the baby boy they named Galen Hugh on July 29th. He was one of three to be raised on the farm outside of Butler, Indiana, as he was joined in his family by his siblings, Joann and Wendell. Although he was the little brother, this title didn’t suit him for long as Galen grew as fast as Wendell did slow. He and his brother opened their own wrestling arena, and they were truly the best of friends. Galen’s other interests included watching westerns on television, shooting birds in the hip roof barn, fishing, swimming, and playing Monopoly. He began coon hunting with his father at a young age, and he loved swimming so much that he’d stay in the water until he turned blue and was shivering. Galen was also into cowboys and all things western. He broke his ankle while playing basketball in his father’s barn, and he also chopped wood to help heat their home in his childhood home and also in his first adult home.
Growing up, Galen knew what it meant to work hard. His parents were farmers with 120 acres plus rental acreage with dairy cows and hogs. In the mid-1950s, farm output changed to only grain production. Galen’s father was also a partner in a logging business while his mother had various jobs outside the home including at Sechler’s Pickle Factory. He was a student at local schools and graduated from Eastside High School in Butler, Indiana, in 1969. The family refers to Galen as “Mr. Calculator” for his ability in math since he needed no gadget to arrive at a total.
Galen worked hard in everything he did. He worked at International Harvester in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in insurance sales, and also in auto sales at various dealerships. He always called his job selling cars “wheeling and dealing.” Galen also worked for Fricks Farm Services in Wawaka, Indiana.
New and exciting changes were in store for Galen when he met the woman of his dreams. Her name was Angela F. Keller, and it didn't take them long to fall in love. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together, Galen and Angela were married on June 10, 1972, at Coburn Corners Church of Christ near St. Joe, Indiana. Together they welcomed two daughters, Sara and Leah, into their hearts and home. Galen was an active part of his daughters’ lives. He loved making up bedtime stories and singing hymns for them. There were memorable gatherings for Easter egg hunts on the family farm, and Christmas was always a special time including cutting down their own tree. As a family they often vacationed on the beach in Florida, and later on he and Angela became snowbirds after they retired. Later, Galen was filled with great joy to walk his youngest daughter down the aisle in 2009, and then becoming a grandfather was such a gift. Kylie, Faith, and Fisher were truly a blessing.
There were so many things that Galen enjoyed. With his adventurous spirit, he loved outdoor fun including spending time with his family out on the lake. He loved his boats, and Galen loved whipping the kids around while tubing behind the boat. He was the one who taught his granddaughter to waterski, and he always looked forward to fishing with his brother, daughters, and nephews. They went to Cedar Point every summer where Galen loved going on the roller coasters with the kids. He also took his children and grandchildren to the fair where they rode the fast rides together. Galen played board games with his children and grandchildren, and he was always eager to take them out for a treat like milkshakes and smoothies. It was an adventure to explore Oregon after his daughter moved there, and that was also his first time flying commercially. Galen and Leah liked going to Wizard baseball games together. He played horseshoes and was on a bowling league, and he also liked going out to dinner, playing cards, and just hanging out with close friends. Galen loved going out for Mexican food and a movie with his family on Sundays after church, and he also loved his big bowl of popcorn and even used the same bowl for many years. He enjoyed singing in the church gospel group, “The Lighthouse,” as a young adult, and he also loved singing around the campfire. Galen’s love for westerns remained with him as an adult, and one of his most prized books was a cookbook featuring John Wayne’s recipes as he loved to eat. Galen’s favorite table game was Yahtzee, and just this past spring he was so proud to drive his newly-acquired John Deer tractor on the family farm.
In everything he did, Galen Hose was larger than life. He could always make people laugh with his great sense of humor, and his zest for life was contagious. Galen was a man of his word, and he lived his life all to bring glory to God. He loved being around people and cherished every moment spent with family and friends. Life will never be the same without Galen here, but he leaves behind a timeless legacy that his loved ones will proudly carry on in his footsteps.

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