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Published December 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Wyman Galbreath

Wyman B. Galbreath, 90, Enderlin, ND, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2013, at the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, ND.

Wyman Benton Galbreath was born in Moore Township on February 17, 1923. He was the son of Ward and Lizzie Galbreath. Wyman spent his early years growing up on his parents’ farm, tending crops and livestock. Whenever he was asked about his large, strong hands, Wyman would reflect on the rigors of carrying water and feed pails to waiting livestock.

Wyman Galbreath

Wyman B. Galbreath, 90, Enderlin, ND, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2013, at the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, ND.

Wyman Benton Galbreath was born in Moore Township on February 17, 1923. He was the son of Ward and Lizzie Galbreath. Wyman spent his early years growing up on his parents’ farm, tending crops and livestock. Whenever he was asked about his large, strong hands, Wyman would reflect on the rigors of carrying water and feed pails to waiting livestock.

Wyman attended Moore Consolidated School and by his own admission, was an average student with "above average" common sense. He participated on the 1939 Ransom County Championship basketball team, a sport that he would enjoy playing and watching all of his life. Wyman graduated from Enderlin High School in 1940. His extracurricular interests included hunting, fishing and dancing.

Following graduation, Wyman attended Wahpeton School of Science where he enrolled in Aviation Mechanics. He was employed by Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, California, before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in December 1942. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant Army Air Corps on April 15, 1944. After assignments in Bakersfield, California, and Roswell, New Mexico, Wyman was assigned to the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron of the 20th Air Force, where he piloted B-17 airplanes through twelve air/sea rescue missions over Tokyo Bay and the Sea of Japan. During one of these missions, Wyman’s plane was struck by lightning. Wyman was able to successfully land the crippled aircraft, but lost his hearing . For his service, he received the American Theater Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with three Bronze stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. In 1946, he was honorably discharged.

Though unable to realize his dream of becoming a commercial pilot, Wyman never considered his hearing loss a disability. He married his high school sweetheart Doris Groth on July 7, 1946. Together they had six children. They starting with a small parcel of land and a few cattle, hogs and chickens, which eventually grew into a successful farming operation. Wyman served on the Farmer's Elevator Board for 23 years, was a member of First Lutheran Church, and an active 4-H Club Leader. In 1986, he was named Ransom County Man of the Year. In 2007, Wyman and Doris were selected for the first "Honor Flight" to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He remained a Life Member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans.

Wyman is remembered for his selfless and joyful nature, for his devotion to family, friends and neighbors, for his enjoyment of poetry recitation, for his love of children, and for always having a candy in his pocket. He was dedicated to extraordinary Christmas displays enjoyed by the community. He rarely missed a high school basketball game and was regularly seen in the front row at the state basketball tournaments for over twenty years. He was known for his steadfast faith and Christian charity.

Wyman is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Doris, and his five children: Debra Leedahl, Fargo,ND, Craig (Mary) Galbreath, Oakes, ND, Blair (Jackie) Galbreath, Simi Valley, CA, Alana (Doug) Christensen, Campbell, MN, Daria (Patrick) Freeberg, Lisbon, ND and special family friend, Bruce Cavett. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, David and Nathan Leedahl, Aaron, Ben, Collin, and Justin Galbreath, Kristen, Cynthia, and Trevor Galbreath, Mariah Dewald, Bethany Christensen, Mallory Keller, Alyssa Campion, Karli Freeberg, and nine great grandchildren. His grandchildren will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Jane Marie, siblings Marjorie Schmitzkunz, Vivian Boxrud, Wallace Galbreath, Lois Hartigan, Geneva Dean and Ward Galbreath.

Funeral service will be held at First Lutheran Church in Enderlin on Saturday, December 28th at 10:30AM. Visitation 5-7 PM, Friday, December 27, 2013, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Enderlin, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Enderlin Veterans Memorial, or Anne Carlsen Center, Jamestown, ND.

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