Gregory Raymond Galetti

Gregory Raymond Galetti went to be with his Lord on December 9, 2018 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He had spent most of that afternoon with his beloved daughter, Katie, who played songs for him on her cell phone that she knew he liked and a little later his wife, Kathy, joined them. His passing at midnight was peaceful with his wife by his side.

His parents preceded him in death and he left behind his wife Kathy, daughter Katie (Nate) Bywater, a beautiful grandson Aedan age 7, several aunts, uncles and cousins from Illinois to California. We will all miss him very much.

Greg was born in Spring Valley, IL on July 20, 1950 and then lived in Seatonville, IL until he was 9, at which time his family moved to California.

He had a 30 year career working for Cal Trans as the supervisor of the drafting department in San Luis Obispo. He moved to Buellton with his new wife, Kathy, in 1998. After retiring from Cal Trans he managed “The Warehouse Store & More” in Santa Ynez, which was a consignment store. After that closed he opened an Antique Shop “Greg's” on Hwy. 246 in Buellton where he made many friends. He loved this shop and was sad when the space became unavailable to him.

He then rented 5 spaces at “Sweet Repeats” in Lompoc until they closed at the end of May 2018.

Greg had been enthralled with antiques since he lived in Illinois where he and his Aunt shared this passion. They both loved beautiful glass, as well as other antiques.

When Greg was around 4 years old he played the drums and had a band which sometimes performed in their church services. He loved to sing and had a great singing voice, which Kathy enjoyed when he sang to her over the phone while they were dating.

As a young man he and his cousins enjoyed camping in Mexico and other places, riding motorcycles in the desert, and hunting in Hobo Gulch in the Trinity Alps located in Northern California. His cousins remember him singing “Wayfaring Stranger” on these trips. It seems appropriate to end with the final verse of this song.

“I am going home to see my savior

I'm going home, no more to roam

I am just going over Jordan

I am just going over home.”

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