HAROLD E. GALLAGHER
Former Honolulu resident and long-time pastor of Kaimuki Christian Church (KCC), Harold E. Gallagher, 85, died August 13, 2011.
Born in 1926 in Kansas, Gallagher moved in 1941 to Calif., from whence he entered the Navy in WWII. After graduating from Pepperdine College, he pastored churches in California for 10 years before serving as pastor of KCC from 1961 to 1993.
Starting with a membership of 36 adults in 1961, KCC experienced steady growth through the years. Gallagher became active in the Kaimuki Business and Professional Association and the East Honolulu Rotary Club. He was an early supporter of Campus Crusade for Christ at the UH, the Good News Prison Ministry, the Hawaii Foodbank, the River of Life Mission and IHS in downtown Honolulu (the later founded by his San Francisco Theological Seminary D.Min. roommate and close friend Claude du Teil).
Other highlights under Gallagher’s pastorate included the founding of Kaimuki Christian School in 1968, the construction of a new worship center and educational wing in 1969, and the sponsorship of the Vietnamese Christian Church in 1984.
Following his retirement in 1993, Gallagher moved to Asheville, NC with his wife, Jone, where they were active at the Blue Ridge Christian church and he served as a driver for Meals on Wheels.
Harold is survived by his son, Mark of Honolulu, his daughters, Carol Jones of Asheville and Sandy Bashom of Kelseyville, CA.; 16 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service 4:00 pm September 24 at Kaimuki Christian Church. Inurnment at Punchbowl September 26 at 11:30 am.