Thomas "Tim" Galbraith Obituary

Thomas "Tim" James Galbraith

July 31, 1946 - September 9, 2018
Born in Hot Springs, South Dakota
Resided in Terrebonne, Oregon


Thomas J. (Tim) Galbraith
July 31, 1946-September 9, 2018

Tim went home to be with his Lord September 9, 2018.

He was born in Igloo, South Dakota. Tim was the only male out of 7 children. His family moved to the Willamette Valley in 1950. Being the only boy with 6 sisters, he never hurt for an audience. So he would pretend to be a DJ and thoroughly entertain his sisters and their friends. He graduated from South Salem High in 1964. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard shortly after and served until 1968. He was stationed at Point Bonita in the San Francisco area and The Aleutian Islands in Alaska. After graduating from Chemeketa Community College, he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served an additional 8 years active service and reserve service combined. He served in Thailand, The Phillippines, Germany, and Hill AFB in Utah.

He married his wife Jill in 1973 while in the Air Force. God gave them 45 wonderful years together during which he continued to entertain, but now it was his wife. His sense of humor was infectious as well as his love of life. Most of Tim’s career was spent with U.S. West which fed right into his love of wires! TIm and Jill retired to Central Oregon in 2002 from the Willamette Valley after many vacations to the area. He was a charter member of Redmond Band of Brothers and also a member of Redmond Community Church. He was very proud of his military service often participating in parades and activities with his fellow Band of Brothers members.

Throughout his lifetime he remained passionate about airplanes, Ford Mustangs, photography, hiking and biking. He owned several Mustangs throughout his lifetime and was a member of the Capital Area Mustang Club for several years. Recently he was also a member of the Palm Springs Air Museum and the Erickson Air Museum in Madras. He loved jets in particular. His 2 favorites being the F-4 Phantom and the SR 71 Blackbird. Tim couldn’t resist talking to everyone who crossed his path in life. It was not totally uncommon for him to meet someone once and through texting and phone calls build that brief conversation into a strong and lasting friendship. He would encourage and support others faithfully and consistently. As one friend said” Tim knew how to be a friend.” We would add, that he also excelled at being the best brother and husband possible. During his illness, he remained positive and encouraging to others. He always believed that God could heal him, but accepted that God may also have a better plan for his life.

He is survived by wife Jill, sisters Lyn Cokeley and Mary Ketchum and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 6, 2PM at Redmond Community Church.

Please visit the online registry for Tim at Contributions may be made to Partners in Care.




Redmond Community Church
Memorial Service
237 NW 9th St
Redmond, Oregon United States 97756
Saturday, October 6, 2018
2:00 PM