Ernest "Ernie" R. Gallegos


October 26, 1938 ~ November 16, 2023

Born in: Sopris, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Celebration of Life:

Ernest Robert Gallegos, 85, died at home on November, 16,2023.  He was born on October 26,1938 in Sopris, Colorado to Ernest C. Gallegos and Margaret (Bueno) Gallegos.  Ernie graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1957 in Trinidad having attended all 12 years in parochial school.  Ernie joined the Marines in 1960 and served for 6 years.  Two of his most  memorable duty assignments were his time in Rota, Spain and later the Pentagon during the Kennedy administration. He formed lasting friendships and memories as a proud Marine.  Following his discharge  Ernie enrolled at Southern Colorado State College where he received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science.  It was in a Sociology class, Marriage and the Family, where he met the love of his life, Ruth Ann Oliver who he married on September 5, 1969.  Ernie began working in the newly created Public Defenders system as the Investigator in January of 1970.  He retired after 30 years of service in that role.  Ernie is survived by his wife Ruth and daughters Sara Hayden (Mark Martinez) and Amy Martinez along with four grandchildren whom he cherished and babysat from infancy to school age;  Lauren Hayden, (Noah Reyes), Evan Hayden, Katie and Kylie Martinez. Also surviving are his niece Lori Herr and nephew Robert Janezich along with their spouses and children.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Juanita (Jo) Cook.  In addition to enjoying his family and friends Ernie loved sports.  He played 3 sports in High School and was always competitive.  He was an avid Broncos fan and a passionate golfer. He was a lifetime member of the Pueblo Charter Lions Club.  Ernie had great memories and stories he shared about the events and friends he made during his lifetime.  Cremation has taken place. Services will be on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 10 am in the Montgomery Steward Funeral Home Chapel, followed by Military Honors.  Reception to follow in the mortuary Hall.


Memorial Service: November 22, 2023 10:00 am

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. Ernie, you were like a big brother to me growing up in Trinidad at Holy Trinity. I watched and celebrated the football wins and suffered when the team lost.
    We both loved golf and played a lot together. I never won a Labor Day Match against you although I was leading every match. I shanked a shot of the 18th hole as I was about to win one time.
    Here’s to You, your love of Family, The Broncos and all of our Golf Matches we enjoyed together.

    We Love You, Ernie, MAGILLA!
    Rest in Peace Partner.

    Bernie and Holly. 😐😢

  2. Ruth,
    So sorry for your loss but I know that my “boyfriend” is enjoying his Heavenly reward. Ernie was one of a kind…so friendly and funny. I’ll never forget going to the Rotary Club and enjoying his warm welcome and teasing. You were definitely his guardian angel. Wishing you and Amy and Sarah comfort in knowing that you were well loved by such a wonderful husband/father.

  3. Ruth, Sara and Amy:
    My heart goes out to you for your loss and to one of my most dearest friends. We all grew up together from our days in college to those unforgettable “spring training” trips to AZ and the many lunches at the 2 and 9. I will always cherish the indelible memories of the ERG holding court along with Wally with our group of buddies during the many times we all got together. I’m forever grateful that you shared him with us. As Wally would often say “he’s one of the good guys”. He will be sadly missed, but not forgotten. RIP my friend.

    • Thanks Tom
      The friendship between you guys was special to him.. He always looked forward to the spring training trips and your hospitality. He missed Charlotte deeply. The times you all spent together were treasured for sure.


  4. CandleImageRuth family our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We heard a lot of funny stories about Ernie and his grandmother from our dad who grew up with his cousin . GREAT Man thank God for all the love and memories. Much love .T he Baca family

    • Thank you for your support. I loved hearing the stories your dad told. There was a special bond between Ernie and your dad and family.

  5. CandleImageI met Ernie and Stealey when they participated in our exercise program at the Health Promotion Center. To say they were a couple of characters would be an understatement! It was a lot of fun working with them.

    Ruth and family – my deepest condolences. Ernie had a big heart and was so very proud of his family. May his memory be a blessing.

    • Thanks Karen.. Ernie enjoyed his trips to the gym as well. He was fond of all the staff. Now we are missing both Ernie and Wally. Two characters for sure.

  6. CandleImageRuth, Sara, Amy, and family – I am so very sorry for the loss of Ernie. My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this incredibly difficult time. May he rest in peace.

    Ava Aguirre

  7. CandleImageMy dear friend ERG – I will never forget the welcome you gave me when I started at the Public Defender’s Office back in 1994. You always made me feel special. You were an awesome investigator and so much fun to work with but most of all, you became one of my dearest friends. Kristi, Cindy and I always looked forward to our lunch dates after you retired. We never got tired of your great stories, old and new. Gonna miss you dearly my friend – Rest in Peace. Marisa Herrera

  8. My dear friend Ruth and family. You are all in my prayers for healing and great memories. Ruth it has been such a long time since I babysat your darling girls but I still fondly remember those days at the pool. God bless and keep you all during this time.

  9. My most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Gallegos family. Ernie portrayed an excellent role model as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will always be remembered for his hours of volunteer work given to various service organization. In addition, we all will never forget his infectious smile and sense of humor exhibited to everyone he encountered.

  10. Well Erg, you’ve holed out on the 18th. Great round my old friend. I am glad I was part of it. Rest in peace, Jim Frasher

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