Leroy Richard Macklin, Jr., 88, of Galveston, passed from this life at his home on Sunday, July 19, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born in Galveston and graduated from Ball High School, Class of 1943. At the tender age of 17, Richard’s father signed so he could join the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served his country as an electrician during World War II. Upon returning home from war, Richard worked for GH&H Railroad as their youngest telegrapher / dispatcher. He then went to work at Continental Can Company as an electrician until his retirement after 25 years of service.
In his younger years, Richard actively participated in dog shows as a handler for his Chihuahua, Coco, to complete her championship. He was a lifelong animal lover and an avid outdoorsman, often enjoying hunting, fishing, camping, and water skiing with his family. He also served as Room Pa Pa for Margaret when she was in kindergarten at Galveston Catholic School.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Ragnhild Macklin, Sr.; sister, Martha Cronholm; and brothers-in-law, Harry Cronholm, Irving Guyer, and Rip Larson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marjorie Darney Macklin; daughter, Diane Sellers and husband, John; sons, Robert Macklin and wife, Bonnie, and Danny Macklin and wife, Bekie; sisters, Bettye Lou Guyer and Jane Larson; grandchildren: Margaret Malloy, Richard Malloy, Steele Macklin, Chance Macklin, and Ty Macklin; step great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Gerhardt and husband, Cameron; great-great-granddaughter, Rorie Joan Gerhardt; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Richard’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00pm, Thursday, July 23rd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A vigil service will begin at 6:00pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00am, Friday, July 24th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Malloy, Steele Macklin, Chance Macklin, Ty Macklin, Jamie Plowman, and Ron Larson. Honorary Pallbearer is Margaret Malloy.
Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic School, 2601 Ursuline, Galveston, TX, 77550.