Funeral arrangements for 98-year-old Mr. Guillermo Galang of Riverside, MO have been set. Visitation 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. April 13, 2023 at St. Therese Catholic Church, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 14th at St. Therese, with an additional visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. A Committal Service will follow at East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO and subsequent reception at St. Therese Church Hall.
Guillermo Galang (98), born April 6, 1924 in Sta. Rita, Pampanga, Philippines, died peacefully on March 30, 2023, in Lawrence, KS with family at his side. Guillermo lived a rich and full life, blessed with a happy marriage of 63 years to his beloved wife, Anida, and eight children to whom he was selflessly devoted. A devout Catholic, he was a fixture at Sunday Mass at St. Therese Church in Parkville, MO with Anida, whose Catholic faith was equally strong. Together, they raised their family on the central foundation of faith in God and salvation through Christ. They lived this faith in many ways, including their lifelong generosity reflected by their generous support of extended family members and organizations such as the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. Guillermo had a strong work ethic, spending sixteen-hour days as a mechanic for much of his career providing the best possible life and opportunities for his family. His efforts were rewarded by the undying love and respect of his wife and all his children, several of whom went on to receive college degrees and enjoy successful professional careers, and all of whom remained dedicated to the family. He always wore a smile and loved the simplest things in life, lighting up at the sight of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, on whom he joyfully doted. He also enjoyed social events with the Kansas City Filipino community, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Royals, the Los Angeles Lakers, and a wide variety of other sports, spending time with friends at casino outings, birthday club gatherings and regular morning breakfast meetings at McDonald’s, his love of gardening and summer long production of a variety of vegetables that he generously shared with his family and friends, and many other of life’s simplest pleasures. He entered the United States in 1987 and worked as a courtesy clerk at Hen House in the Kansas City Northland until his retirement at the age of 86. At Hen House, his cheery disposition and ever-present smile won the universal affection and admiration of fellow workers and customers alike. He was loved by all who met him and will be greatly missed. Guillermo is preceded in death by his wife Anida, son Henry, and grandsons Christopher and Joseph Galang. He is survived by sons Alex, Jun and Michael Galang, daughters Elvie Leone, Rowena Santiago, Lisa (Albret) Razon, Veronica (Enrico) Sarmiento, 18 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.