Obituary: William (Bill) C. Galligan

William (Bill) C. Galligan, 83 years, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 13, 2016.

He was born November 4, 1932 in Milwaukee, the son of Clarence and Ethel (Travis) Galligan. After attending U.W. Madison, he finished his engineering degree at Marquette University.

On June 25, 1955 he married Cleida J. Johnson at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. They met in college at Madison where they sailed together on the Hoofers College Sailing Team.

After graduation, Bill worked at Kimberly Clark in Appleton until serving in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Edgewood, MD. After being discharged, he returned to Kimberly Clark and was promoted to a Project Engineer in Niagara Falls, NY. He was hired by the Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, NY in 1966 and retired from their Corporate Real Estate Department in 1990.

Bill was active in the community as chair of the Sturgeon Bay Harbor Commission and a member of the Waterfront Development Authority until this past February. He and his family loved sailing, racing and cruising on Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan. He was a member of the Door County Sail & Power Squadron as well as the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. He enjoyed listening to music and was a past treasurer of the Sturgeon Bay Community Concerts. He was also a former member of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and had served several years as their secretary.

Survivors include his wife, Cleida; four children, Steven (Marianne) of Denmark, Reed (Lois) of The Villages, FL, Karen (Timothy) Sladden of Rochester, NY, Susan of Rochester, NY; three grandchildren, Corinne Galligan, Colleen Galligan, Erin Galligan; three brothers, Tom (Carol) of Cudahy, Brian (Maria) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Richard (Kathy) of The Villages, FL.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Donald; and one sister, Gwen Strothmann.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church with Rev. David Leistra officiating. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from noon until the time of services at 2:00 p.m.  A reception will follow at the church.

Memorials in his honor can be made to the Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, or the Door County Historical Society (Antique Wooden Tool Museum).

Condolences and guestbook signing are available from Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay at

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