Former Ridley CEO Bob Gallaway dies at age 80

Robert “Bob” Gallaway, 80, former CEO of Ridley Inc., died Monday, May 4, 2020.

Spent 40 years working in the animal feed industry

Robert “Bob” Gallaway, 80, former CEO of Ridley Inc., died Monday, May 4, 2020.

Gallaway was born August 11, 1939, in Van Wert, Ohio, to Doyt and Rosemary Gallaway. He grew up on the family farm and was involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Gallaway graduated from Ohio State University in 1961 with a degree in agricultural economics. After college, he began working for Central Soya as a sales representative in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1995, he accepted a management position with the feed division of Hubbard Milling Company in Mankato, Minnesota. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed vice president of U.S. operations of Ridley Canada Ltd. after its acquisition of Hubbard, and he went on to lead Ridley’s Australian division for several years. Gallaway served on the boards of the American Feed Industry Association and the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. He ultimately retired as the CEO of Ridley Inc. in 2005, after 40 years of experience in the North American and international feed industry.

Gallaway is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean; three children, Nan Hartup, Aaron Gallaway, and Erik (Dawn) Gallaway; sister, Jayne Lyons; grandchildren, Nick and Emily Hartup and Tyler (Paige) Gallaway; and great-grandchildren, Kinnley, Kyler and Korbyn Gallaway.

Due to COVID-19, the family will not be able to gather together. Memorials may be made to Mankato Elks, Mankato Kiwanis and Heifer International. Burial will take place at Ridge Cemetery near Van Wert, Ohio.

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