Galen Newman was born SE of Griswold, where his parents farmed. He was delivered by a doctor at home. He has one brother, who is deceased, and two sisters, the youngest of which is his twin. After attending country school, he graduated from Griswold in 1958. Following High School he worked for neighbors until he went to work for Atlantic Super Value. He later went to work for the Bearing Factory, from which he retired in 2002. He currently resides on 30 acres in Grove City, east of Atlantic with Charlie his outdoor cat. Galen’s wife Betty passed away from cancer in 2011. They met at the skating rink and were married about a year later on October 15, 1961, at Holy Cross Lutheran in Anita, Betty’s home church. Galen joined the Lutheran Church at this time. Betty had several jobs, including selling Avon and working at JC Penney’s, the News Telegraph, American Builders and Cass County Memorial Hospital for 16 years. They enjoyed many bus trips. Their travels included Alaska, Hawaii, Florida and Texas. When the kids were small they took camping trips. They also had 2 motorcycles and took trips with the kids. Galen’s favorite trip was to the Grand Canyon, where, along with Dennis and Deanna Johnson, they rode mules to the bottom of the Canyon. Bob and Marilyn Vernon were also on that trip.
Their children include Melinda, who was 2 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. She lives on a farm south of Anita with her husband Monte, who works for John Deere in Adair. Melinda works for Eye Associates. They have 2 girls and a boy. Also Darrin who died at birth, and Kevin, who lives in Atlantic. He has twins, a boy and girl, along with an older daughter and son. Galen also has 3 great grandchildren.
Galen has belonged to Zion for 55 years, and has served as usher and greeter, helped with newsletter and counting money. He regularly attends Golden Years. He also currently helps with the funeral meals. For almost 46 years he has belonged to a card club that meets once a month on Saturday night, where they play pinochle. The club is made up mostly of Zion members, including Darlene McConnell, the Vernon’s and Johnson’s. Galen recently restored a 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass, which he likes to cruse in and drive in parades. He also has an H International tractor which he takes on tractor rides. Most mornings you will find Galen having coffee with Don Ward at the car wash—or at Ed’s Lawn Service. He still takes care of his own yard and does his own cooking and housework.
We wish Galen God’s blessings in the years ahead.