OBITUARY: Duane Galster


Duane Galster, age 58, of Smyrna, TN, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

A native of Rockford, Illinois he was the son of the late Jerry and Evon McClure Galster.

A graveside service will be Friday at 9:00 a.m. in Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Pegram, TN with military honors.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ellie Bird Galster; children, Melisssa Smith and her husband Jeremy, Brittney Bolden and her husband Derek, and D.J. Galster and his wife Hayley; two grandchildren, Bryce and Kenley Bolden; sisters, Teresa Phelan and her husband Charles and Brenda Holladay and her husband Tony; nephew, Allen Phelan; nieces, Mandy Reed, Tabitha Sullivan and her husband Charles, and Miranda Holladay; along with much loving extended family.

Duane was a forklift operator with Store Opening Solutions in Murfreesboro. He was a proud veteran having served with the 1st Calvary in the United States Army. He was also an avid collector of hot wheels, building models, muscle cars, and watching a good movie. Duane was lovingly referred to as “Grumpy” by everyone that met him.

Memorials in memory of Mr. Galster can be made to K9sforWarriors at

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Woodfin Chapel in Smyrna.