James was born Dec. 4, 1925, in St. Cloud, Minn., to John Francis and Una (Baldwin) Gallagher. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from St. John's University in Collegeville, M.B.A. from Indiana University. James retired from the Postal Data Center at Ft. Snelling and was formerly head of the computer science department at Purdue North Central University.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael; and grandson, Patrick.
James was the devoted husband of Lizabeth (Schaps) of Hastings; loving father of Nancy Gallagher of New York, Daniel (Gemma) of Virginia, C. Paul (Margaret) of Arizona, John F. of S. St. Paul, Mark (Nancy) of Virginia, Ted O. of Owatonna, and Edward of Eagan; loving grandfather of 17 grandchildren, Sharon (Frank) Marchetti, John David and Stephen Daniel Leis, Nannie Lee, Zachary, Rose, Peter, Joseph, Sophia, Deanna, Kiersten, Sean, Monica, Rebecca, Judy Elizabeth, Julie Ann, James Daniel; also six great-grandchildren, Emily, Maggie, Nicholas, Maria, Antonio, Davide. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
The funeral service, officiated by Fr. Robert Altier, was held Nov. 27, at the Regina Chapel, Hastings, with interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights. Memorials are preferred to Greenwood Genetic Center, 866-931-2051.
Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com.