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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Erwin Michael Galgon
March 31, 1932 - June 7, 2020


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Donation - American Kidney Fund - 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 - 800-638-8299 - Map

The following was composed by Erwin’s Family

Erwin Galgon was born on March 31, 1932 in Bierbrunn, Czechoslovakia in the lowlands of the Carpathian Tatras Mountain Range. During World War II, he and his family were displaced to Germany where he finished his schooling and apprenticed as a machinist. In 1950, they relocated again to the United States and found their permanent home in Philadelphia. Through their Lutheran congregation, Erwin met Katharina Holinger, whom he married in 1954. Their marriage was a strong and happy one that produced three children, Bill (Marlene) Galgon, Fred (Susan) Galgon, and Cindy (John) Lane; ten grandchildren: Michelle (Matt) Avrich, Ed (Jodi) Galgon, Daniel (Brianne) Galgon, Jocelyn (Chris) Pinney, Raymond (Alexandra) Galgon, Kelly Lane, Trey Lane, Nichole (Chris) Deely, John Blank and Alex (Jenn) Blank; and eleven great-grandchildren.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Erwin has been supportive and helpful to his wife and family with all imaginable tasks. He was always helping with house projects, to running grandchildren to activities, and always with enthusiasm and a smile.

Erwin Galgon began his career at Bodine Tool & Machine Company. At Laneko Engineering in Fort Washington, he worked as a Foreman. In the mid 1960’s, together with two co-workers, he started Beaver Tool & Machine Company. Beaver Tool remains a profitable entity today and is currently owned and managed by Erwin’s sons.

In 1955, Erwin assisted his older brother John in founding what became the Heimatklaenge Orchestra. This legendary Philadelphia dance band became a staple of entertainment for the greater Philadelphia region, as far north as Connecticut, throughout North and South Jersey, Baltimore area and all the German local stops in the Berks and Lancaster area. Fielding up to five dance combos on a Saturday, a full brass ensemble for tent events and parades, and a big band for weddings and banquets. Erwin was in the midst of all Heimatklaenge activity including management of the Heimatklaenge Youth Band.

Erwin and Kathi have been longtime members of the United German Hungarians. Together, they coordinated the Wednesday Night Schnitzel Dinners for over 10 years. He served on the Grounds and Fields Committee for many years as well as supporting the club by bringing his children there for soccer and cultural activities continuing to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Husband, father, Opa, Kleine Opa, machinist, musician, entertainer, friend; Erwin Galgon fits all and will be missed by all!

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Kidney Fund, 1921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

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