Daniel Michael Cleary Jr.

November 9, 1925 - January 7, 2013
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Daniel M. (Bubba) Cleary, Jr., of Galveston, died Monday, January 7, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas.

Daniel was born on November 9, 1925 to Dan M. and Nellie Cleary. In his early life, he competed professionally in the rodeo business. Daniel served in the US Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was severely wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a retired Postal employee and raised cattle and hogs on the island for years. Daniel was one of the founders of Galveston Island 4-H Club, past director and life member of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo Assn., longtime member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattlemen’s Association, a longtime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and the Texas Pork-Producers Association. He was also a life member and past president of Disabled American Veterans, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 880, longtime member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 126, Sons of Hermann Gulf Coast Lodge, and Post Association of Retired Federal Employees 298, American Postal Workers Union. Daniel’s involvement in the different organizations was important to him, but Galveston herself and finding someone to talk with were also very, very dear to him. We all will miss him, as he was more than a great loving husband, father, Papa, and “Pops,” he was our best friend.

Daniel is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nellie Cleary.

He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and loving wife, Elaine; his sons, Danny M. Cleary of Brenham, TX.; Dr. Donald J. Cleary and wife Carleen of Iola, TX.; daughters, Judy Osting and husband Dennis of Houston; Debbie Riehl and husband Tommy of Santa Fe, TX.; and sister, Catherine Paciotti of Corpus Christi, TX. “Pa Pa” or “Pops” also leaves behind his grandchildren: D. J. and wife Fanchen Cleary of Spring, TX.; Jennifer Kelley of League City, TX; Misty Milner of Sugarland, TX and Matt Demecs of Denver, CO; Brad Burden; Adrienne Burden of Brenham, TX; Bryan Riehl, Savanna Riehl and Stone Riehl of Santa Fe, TX; four great grandchildren: Sutton, Tess, Jade and Dylan; and lots and lots of friends who will all miss him greatly.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, Sunday, January 13th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.

Funeral service will begin at 10:00 am, Monday, January 14th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with burial following at Galveston Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are John Lee Sullivan, Manuel Betancourt, Roland Chapman, Kenny Wegner, Andrew Sanchez and Roy Anthony. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Daigle, Otto Longoria, John Nash, W.O. “Windy” Grebb, Jinker Williams, George Gates, Glen Schaper, and Darrell King.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Born: November 9, 1925
Died: January 7, 2013

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Andrea Sanchez Clements posted on 11/30/-1

Mr Cleary was a very dear friend to our family. He always had a smile and was always willing to lend a hand. He helped me on more than one occasion when my horse coliced. He always had a home remedy that would work. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. God Bless!


Rhonda Fleming posted on 11/30/-1

Bubba is one of my adopted Uncles from Our Island. My Daddy, Steamboat Fleming and Bubba were great friends on Earth, now in Heaven. Always time to shoot the breeze, get some country education caring for pets, and true heart to heart conversations. Take care our friend, Peace to you, your family, and friends. Say Howdy to my Daddy and Mama in Heaven! CHEERS! Steamboat and Joyce's #3 daughter. Rhonda


Barry Patterson posted on 11/30/-1

Words cannot express how sorry I was to hear of Danny's passing. I knew him from the Galveston Christian Center, where he and Eliane, and Nellie were faithful members. I will pray for all in the family. Thank you.


Rhonda Fleming-Daly posted on 11/30/-1

Bubba I greatly loved and respected as my Daddy Steamboats friend and as one of my adopted Uncles on Our Island. My love, prayers, and condolences to the family. He is now back talking the breeze with my Daddy in Heaven. Love, Rhonda


Kyle Knupple posted on 11/30/-1

Mr. Cleary will always be remembered by his bright smile, and great sense of humor. He certainly never met a stranger. He always made me feel like a part of the family. To all the Cleary family, my deepest condolences and prayers.


Jamie Dunn Payne posted on 11/30/-1

Mr. Cleary left me with lots of good memories and funny stories from our days in the Post Office..Such a Humble and generous man..He will be missed Oh,but what a Legacy he left....


Debbie Wern Jones posted on 11/30/-1

Mr. Cleary was a dear friend of our family, especially to my parents, Charles and Paulyne Wern Their friendship goes way back, as he was a groomsmen in their wedding, watched my brother, Chuck and I grow up and they remained friends for all of these years until they both passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.


Paul & Claudia Tibaldo posted on 11/30/-1

We were so sad to hear of Mr. Cleary's passing. He is such a wonderful man and we so enjoyed when we got to see & talk to him at the fair elections and at the fair. He was always full of life, love and happiness. So kind and that smile of his was contagious! There is definatley a Fair & Rodeo going on in Heaven! We know he will be greatly missed. May God wrap his arms of love & comfort around you all. Love & God Bless Paul & Claudia Tibaldo


Debbie MacBeth-Johnson posted on 11/30/-1

So sorry to hear of Mr. Cleary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cleary family. Debbie MacBeth-Johnson


Connie Perry Martinez posted on 11/30/-1

I loved this man and have so many childhood memories of him that will last forever even though he loved to aggravate me! Will be missed, may he rest in peace. And to Mrs.Cleary, my namesake, Danny, Donnie, Judy and Debbie; my thoughts and prayers are with you. With Deepest Sympathy, Connie