Brian Galovan

Brian Galovan

Brian E. Galovan of Allegan, Michigan died unexpectedly Thursday, March 22, 2012, at his home. Brian was born October 31, 1966 at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi to Patrick and Susan (Starner) Galovan. In 1984 he graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, attended KVCC and became a Journeyman Mechanical Engineer. For over 20 years he was employed with Perrigo Co. in Allegan. He enjoyed tinkering and could fix anything mechanical.  Brian was loved by all that knew him and his great sense of humor will be missed by many.

Surviving are his mother, Susan (Steven) VanDenBerg of Plainwell; two brothers, Michael (Angie) Galovan of Plainwell and Timothy (Alice) Galovan of Portage; three nephews and a niece, Matt, Alex, Nolan and Julia. He was preceded in death by his father.

In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Contributions in memory of Brian may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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  1. Tom Cox says:

    My deepest condolences to the Galovan family. Brian was a great guy and this is truly a tragedy, Good luck on your journey Brian, God be with you!

  2. Steve Rumery says:

    My condolences to the Galovan family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Brian was a great guy and a valued friend.

  3. Mike and Traci Bosch says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brian’s family. His smile and laughter will be greatly missed.

  4. Ray Berkin says:

    My Condolences to all family and friends of Brian.
    A unique person that will be missed by all that had
    the privilege to know him.

  5. Chuck and Lori Franko says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Galaovan family. Brian was a good person with a kind heart. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Paul Maston says:

    Dear Sue,
    Condolences to you and your family for this terrible loss.We are thinking of you all.

  7. Kelly Sullivan says:

    Anyone who ever knew Brian will understand what a tragedy his loss is. My heartfelt sympathy to all of his family and friends.

  8. Matt Radke says:

    I would like to extend condolences to those who didn’t know him, because if you didn’t…you missed out.

  9. Jen Henrickson says:

    My condolonces to the Galovan family. Brian had a great sense of humor. He will be missed. God Bless.

  10. Gary & Pam Walker says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Galovan family. Brian became a dear friend of ours during our Allegan years. We are better people because of knowing Brian and the friendship he extended to us.

  11. Caroline Joostberns says:

    I remember Brian as a great guy! Working in the Maintenance Dept. I could always count on that BRILLIANT smile of his! You will be missed by many. My condolences to his family and friends.

  12. Christopher Krzys says:

    There are moments and events in Life that challenge ones closely held beliefs. Brian has left us well before any of us would have expected. I am reasonably sure he would not have wanted sadness at his departure. Instead he would hope we we would celebrate his life.
    Brian, It was a pleasure and privilege to have known you.

  13. Rick Storteboom says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  14. Dave Veen says:

    My condolences and deepest sympathy to Brian’s family and friends. I met Brian back in 1985 while he worked at a store in K-zoo and we became roomates soon after. He was a good, sincere person who would always be there to help you if he was needed. He was always fun to be around and I am honored to have known him and am a better person for it. He will truly be missed by many as I am sure he touched many people’s lives throughout his lifetime.

  15. melissa underwood says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Sue and Steve let us know if we can do something to help out, luv you guys!
    The Underwood family

  16. Sue Douglas Daniels says:

    I have fond memories of Brian from South Jr. High – although it was many years ago… I was shocked to hear of his passing, and wish I could be there for the service. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his friends and family as you journey through this time of loss… may you find strength and comfort in the words shared by Pastor Joe, and peace as you learn to move forward.

  17. Jim and Marci Beebe says:

    Sue and Steve our thoughts are with you and your family. We are so very sorry for the loss of your son.

  18. Jeff Arnold says:

    My deepest condolences to the Galovan family. If you were lucky enough to be in the same room with Brian, Mike, and Tim often you would have to wipe a way the tears of laughter. That is how I will remember Brian, great sense of humor and an open and friendly persons. Rest in peace.

  19. Eric Emmons says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Brian. Heas a great friend of mine. Such a great person with a sense of humor and wit that could not be matched! I will miss him greatly.

  20. Tonya & Dan Retherford says:

    Our deepest condolences go out to the Galovan family during this difficult time. Brian was a great person and would do anything to help out a friend. We also shared a lot of great times at Plant 5 back in the day. This is a very sad day and Brian will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. God Bless.

  21. Tonya & Dan Retherford says:

    Our deepest condolences go out to the Galovan family during this difficult time. Brian was a great person and would do anything to help out a friend. This is a very sad day and Brian will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. God Bless.

  22. Pat, Mindy, Jake and Nate Lisak says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to everyone who had the privilege of knowing Brian. He was always such a good friend who put a smile on our faces and was always there for us. We will miss him dearly and treasure our memories of him.

  23. Ted Galovan says:

    To the Galovan Family,

    I wish you our sincerest condolences. I am Ted Galovan, I am the son of Ed Galovan who is brother to Adolf Galovan (your Grandfather).

    I am certain that Brian is in a better place with his family on the other side.

    John 11:23-26 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

  24. Koren, Lori, Riley and Holly Remund says:

    Tim, Mike, Sue, Steve, and Families. We share your sorrow. I am a better person for having known Brian. I consider Brian more of a brother than a friend. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Lori, the kids, and I have had you all and Brian in our thoughts. We will all remember Brian with the happiest of memeories. Our sincerest sympathy, The Remunds.

  25. Mike Jones & Cindy Arnett says:

    Our deepest sympathies go out to Brian’s family and friends. Such a nice person with a great sense of humor. He will be so missed.

  26. Alecia Cross says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Brian. I was so glad that we had recently reconnected. Brian’s dad Pat and my dad went way back. Back to when we were kids. Brian will be missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Galovan family and friends.

  27. Stacey Emmons says:

    My deepest condolences go out to all of the Galovan family. I worked with Brian for several years at Perrigo. Also lived next to him in an apartment above Orlo’s. His wit and sense of humor couldn’t be matched. He always had a smile on his face that was contagious. He will be greatly missed by so many. As mentioned in an earlier thought, if you didn’t have the privilege of knowing him, you certainly missed out on a wonderful, wonderful person. May you RIP Brian!

  28. Dwight Haines says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of this tragedy, Sue. Brian and I lived as neighbors back in the 80’s on Vine Street. God we were skinny back then! He always came over to hang and share interest in music. I was a DJ and bought new albums all the time I remember giving him an album by a group called Ultravox. Fond memories Brian, rock on Buddy!

  29. David Veenhuis says:

    I first met Brian in 1978 when I was a transfer student to South Junior High School in Kalamazoo. It was a difficult time in my life, and Brian’s friendship helped me through it. We were kindred souls, with a similar outlook on life. Brian’s family also welcomed me as a friend, and for that I am grateful. Brian had a great sense of humor, a love of music, and a curiosity about life. I will never forget our many conversations as we walked home from South Junior High and to our respective Kalamazoo Gazette paper routes in the Vine Street area in Kalamazoo. I will never forget how Brian rode his unicycle seemingly everywhere in those days. I will also never forget experiencing the 1980 Kalamazoo tornado with him. Regrettably, Brian and I did not stay in contact in recent years, but I thought about him often and wondered how he was doing. Sue, Mike, and Tim, please accept my deepest condolences, and please take comfort in the fact that all of our lives were made better by having known Brian. He will never be forgotten. RIP, Brian.

  30. Mitch Warren says:

    Brian was a great guy and a good friend to many. He will missed by those lives he touched. To Brian’s family, may you find peace in knowing he’s with the Lord. God’s speed Brian!

  31. Jodi Odom says:

    With the passing of a friend that made me smile so often and who always knew what to say to me to make my day, I find a bit of an empty spot. I Didn’t get to say goodbye as so many often do not get the chance. Brian, your smile and kind words will be greatly missed. My knowledge of machines, music, and silly jokes expanded greatly when I met you and I thank you very much for investing your knowledge in the young girl I was at the time. Also, I thank you for helping water the flower of my self-esteem! I am a better person for knowing you!
    My condolence to the family who loved Brian, and laughed with Brian. My sympathies to those who cared deeply for him. For those who never knew him, but are touched by those that have, I am sure in one way or another that we will show you some of the magic he showed us. God bless to all who may feel sadness and loss at this time. Brian would want us to smile at the vast memories he created in us.

  32. jack butler says:

    susie, i am so sorry about brian. it is just not fair! i still remember your mom, dad, and your smiling face. i wished i could have known brian. love, jack

  33. Andrew Humiston says:

    Brian, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your friends. Rest your good soul in peace.

  34. Jeff Yates says:

    Along with Dave Veen, who’s comments appear above, Brian and I were roommates in 1987 while I attended Western Michigan University. We lived on Village Street behind the Domino’s Pizza. This made it very convenient for hungry 20-somethings but i recall they got robbed pretty often. We would also awake in the middle of the night with the KZoo Police knocking on our door asking if we had seen anything. Good times!! I pulled out my photo albums and looked through them last night. Great memories! We had some very good parties at that house! I lost track of Brian after I moved to CA in 1995 and was alerted to his passing by Dave. Brian was an amazing person. He was a cool cat. Mellow. Nothing rattled him. RIP Brian. — JY

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