Joseph Patrick Gallagher, Jr. born on May 14, 1956 at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, N.M., passed away on May 26, 2014 at Geisinger Hospital Wyoming Valley, Wilkes Barre. He graduated from Susquehanna Community High School where he was known as "Cocomo Joe" on the basketball court. He then entered the U.S. Coast Guard serving his country for 20 years.He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Patrick Gallagher, Sr.; step-father, George Marshman; and maternal and fraternal grandparents. He is survived by his wife, Olga Gallagher; son, Darren Melovidov; mother, Joyce Marshman; sister and brother-in-law, Jenny and Allen Hibbard; brother and sister-in-law, Fredrick and Susan Gallagher; nephew, Sean Fenescey; great nieces, Brittney and Stephanie Fenescey; and great nephew, Cody Fenescey.Joe was a well-known cook at the Stables Restaurant for 14 years. He loved his hunting and fishing. Boy, could he tell some good stories. He was a member of the American Legion Post 154, Montrose, and the Sons of the VFW
Post 6223, Great Bend. He also loved his Steelers football team and Duke University basketball.A Veteran Graveside Memorial Service was held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Evergreen Cemetery, Susquehanna.Memorial contributions can be made in Joseph's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online to https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.