AUBURN | Major John F. Gallup, 87, of Auburn, passed away early Friday morning, Feb. 15, 2019, at Auburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
He was born on Dec. 14, 1931 in Hartford, Conn., the son of the late John and Elizabeth Montgomery Gallup. John proudly served his country for more than 20 years in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He encompassed more than 5,000 flying hours in which more than 1,200 of them were combat hours while flying over Vietnam. He would receive numerous medals for his honorable and courageous service, including the prestigious Bronze Star and Sixteenth Leaf Oak Cluster Air Medal for his outstanding heroism during the war. John would retire out of Fort Devens, Mass. as a commissioned officer, with the title of Major.
He is survived by his wife, Shiela (Kellogg) Gallup, of Auburn; his sons, Chris (Caroline) Gallup, of Lyons, Scott (Lucy) Gallup, of Texas, and Bruce Gallup, of Norwood, N.Y.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by two brothers, Douglas and William Gallup.
There are no calling hours . A memorial service will be held Friday, May 10,2019 at 1:00 pm in Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St. Burial will follow in Sampson Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded.