Words whether written or spoken can’t really express the sadness I felt when i learned late last week that long time former Delphos City Council Representative and former Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier had lost a 9-month long battle with cancer which forced his resignation from the Mayor’s office last June.
Mayor Mike, as his friends liked to call him, was a rare politician in that he led without concern for personal accolades and had the ability to make each day new.
He seemed never to remember pass disagreements when a new issue arose, and that’s a quality that is rare today indeed.
Mike’s smiling appearance gave everyone the impression that he liked being Mayor, and that he really did love his home town.
I know for a fact that both were true.
I’m sure that the decision to resign, for health reasons as his fight against the cancer that would eventually take his life was just getting underway, was one of the hardest ones he ever had to make.
Mike was blessed by a tremendously caring wife and family that I suspect made the last months of his journey through life considerably more bearable.
We would often laugh about how our wives, both nurses, always wanted to make sure that we were getting check ups and weren’t over-doing it.
There is no answer that I have as to why good people are taken from us so prematurely.
But his passing just reinforces my belief that it’s high time we as a people, and the people who hold the purse strings at the White House and in congress, make finding the causes of cancer and cures for them a top priority.
God Speed Mayor Mike.
You will be missed!
That’s the way I see it.