Robert A. Galliart and Carol E. Galliart

1933 ~ 2020

Robert A. “Bob” Galliart and Carol E. Galliart, both age 87, passed away of natural causes at their home in Bellevue, WA on July 28, 2020. Bob was born in Dodge City, KS, on June 30, 1933 to Albert F. and “Toots” Galliart. Carol was born in Pratt, KS on Feb. 12, 1933 to Dr. Marshall E. and Helen Christmann.

They were high school sweethearts and graduated from Pratt High in 1951.

They continued their education at the University of Kansas, both graduating in 1955, Bob with a BS in mechanical engineering and Carol with a BS in business. Bob’s goal, which he achieved, was to become a Marine Corps fighter jet pilot. Upon Bob’s graduation from Officer Candidate School, they were married in Quantico, VA, on Sept. 4, 1955. He had his flight training at various bases while Carol kept the home. When Bob was discharged in 1959, they moved to Wichita, KS where Bob went to work for Boeing and became a test pilot. Carol maintained a loving home for Bob and their two children. Bob’s responsibilities included expert technical support to KC-135 and B-52 military pilots during the Vietnam War. In 1978, in order to further his career, Bob transferred to Boeing in Seattle, WA. During his career, he was certified to fly multiple Boeing aircraft including the B-52, KC-135, 727, 737, 747, 757, and 767. He was promoted to chief 747 test pilot and did all of the test work for Air Force One. As always, Carol maintained a meticulous, loving home for the family. Bob retired in June 1993. After his retirement, Carol continued her hobbies of tennis and bridge. They traveled and cruised the world together. They were devoted to each other throughout their nearly 65 years of marriage.

They are survived by daughter Maria DeHaven, Federal Way, WA; son Eric (Teresa) Galliart, Moses Lake, WA; Bob’s sister Kay (Paul) Young, Wichita, KS; and Carol’s brother R. Marlen Christmann, Wichita, KS.

Military Honors for Bob and a memorial service for Carol will be held graveside August 12, 2020 at 10:30 am at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th, Kent, WA 98042. Donations may be made in their names to the American Heart Association.



12 Responses to “Robert A. Galliart and Carol E. Galliart”

  • Sherry Polkinghorn says:

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you. Sherry

  • Harry Simpson says:

    Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni.

    Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

  • Bob Davis says:

    Bob and I worked together on the 757 and 747-400 programs. Bob was a very capable test pilot and engineer and made significant contributions to Boeing. He was a great guy and fun to work with.
    My condolences to his family on their loss.

    Bob Davis

  • Jim MCROBERTS says:

    Bob & I worked together aq Boeing Flight Test for many years. He was a great friend and fellow Marine!
    Semper Fi

  • Mike Hewett says:

    Bob was my teacher and mentor as a rookie test pilot at Boeing. Bob was a great guy and a dedicated Boeing Employee.

  • Glenn Blumenstein says:

    Bob and Carol were such good friends. We met at Boeing and enjoyed our Tuesday lunches to share our stories of flight. Joanne and I had many a dinner with the two. They will be greatly missed.

  • Jeff Goedhard says:

    Bob was my first project test pilot as an impressionable new test director on the 757 program, airplane NA002. One had to learn quickly with Bob & I’m grateful for the time he spent teaching me flight test & becoming my friend. My condolences to Bob & Carol’s family.

  • Charles Gebhardt says:

    Bob was my instructor when I checked out in the 747. He set a high standard to follow. He will be missed.

  • Ed Hoit says:

    I was also fortunate to work at Boeing with Bob, both in Training and Flight Test. He was a fine Instructor that was well liked by all of his students and a mentor to all of the pilots who flew with him on any assignment.

  • JoAnn Eastes says:

    Very much enjoyed our friendships with Carol and Bob from junior high through high school and years beyond. Bob and Bob played Legion baseball together for many years. I spent many afternoons with Carol eating ice cream sundaes at one house or the other. We enjoyed their trips back to Pratt to see old friends and eat catfish! Their friendships were something we always treasured. They were a big part of our earlier lives and I am so grateful to have shared some time and joy with them. They were very special people! My heart is with all of you! Warmly, JoAnn Hilton Eastes.

  • Elmer(Sonny) Wirta says:

    I really enjoyed working with Captain Bob during the 747-400 program. Flew many times with him. My condolences and prayers goes to the family and friends God bless.

  • Annette Wallick says:

    My late husband, Jesse, was a good friend of Bob’s. We also did things as couples. I talked to Carol briefly on Bob’s birthday, the end of June. I willl miss them.
    Praying for the family during this difficult time.

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