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Johnnie Joseph Gallego

Johnnie Joseph Gallego, age 86, of Mena, passed away April 20, 2024, in Yocana.

He was born December 31, 1938, in Artesia, California, to the late Johnny Gallego and Martha Mata Gallego.

He was united in marriage to the late Phyllis Ardell Gallego on September 24, 1955, in Yuma, Arizona. He was a truck driver by profession and was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church. He loved driving the school bus and cheering on Notre Dame. He enjoyed working cattle and chickens. He was a devout family man and would do anything for the kids. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

Survivors include sons Tony Gallego (Mindy) of Placerville, California, Robert Gallego (Jacqueline) of Mena, Arkansas, Gordon Gallego (Joe Dawkins) of Long Beach, California; daughters, Marian Rodriguez (Robert) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Phyllis (Tippy) Rodriguez (Andrew) of Grapevine, Texas; brothers Manuel Gallego (Vergie) of Norwalk, California, Reggie Gallego (Maggie) of Norwalk, California;  sister, Linda Muse (Harold) of Norwalk, California; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Phyllis Ardell Gallego, infant son, and his parents Johnny and Martha; his sister and brother-in-law Soledad (David) Lopez.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on April 24, 2024, at St Agnes Catholic Church with Father Joseph Shantiraj. Internment followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

A Rosary will be held from 6-8 p.m. on April 23, 2024, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Eddie Huckby, James Davis, Ray Allen, Dennis Philpot, Mike Logan, and Andrew Rodriguez.

Honorary pallbearers are Mitzi Peterson, Ann Grinder, and Peggy Philpot.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Mena Medical Hospice.

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