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Joseph Gall

November 11, 2019
Joseph Gall
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Obituary for Joseph Gall

Joseph M. Gall passed away peacefully at home on November 11, 2019, at the age of 73 after losing his fight with cancer – the one thing he couldn’t fix.  

He grew up in Lincoln Park, Michigan, earned his Sharpshooter medal from the NRA and graduated from Lincoln Park High School.  After starting college at Wayne State University in Electrical Engineering, learning “just enough to be dangerous,” he transferred to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  His career path led him down many roads. After graduation, he most notably worked for Chevrolet Engineering; as a manager of the entrepreneurial company U-Tune; at Bendix Corporation, where he helped develop the first multi-port electronic fuel injection system; Ford Motor Company; Volkswagen of America; Garrett AiResearch; and Aerodyne-Dallas, where he introduced to the Detroit auto community one of the first variable-vane turbo systems.  He then joined Chrysler Corporation as an engine engineer on the original Viper team – his dream job. After retiring from Chrysler, he continued with contract assignments, always trying to make a better vehicle and making friends along the way. He was a 50-year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and was also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In his younger days, he crewed for a Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Formula Ford Racing Team, and in later years was a member of many organizations:  Motor City Viper Owners, Great Lakes Z Club, Cosworth Vega Club, and the Erie Shores Region of the Nash Car Club. He also volunteered his services with the Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry and performed bluebird box maintenance for the Oakland County Parks. As ‘a muscle-car guy in a hybrid world,’ his favorite T-shirt sayings summed up his philosophy of life: Real men don’t need instructions. Compost happens; dig it. If it ain’t broke, take it apart and fix it. And if I can’t fix it, build it, or mow it, it really isn’t important.

Joe is survived by his wife, Pat;  sister, Joann Gendron; nieces, Colleen (Mark) Trancygier and Nicole (John) Ferrell; grandnieces Megan, Sharon, and Shauna; great-grandnephews Carl and Edward; many cousins; his newest bird-feeding buddy, Dug the Dog, and his geriatric lap-warmer, Cali the Cat.  His parents, Joseph and Anna Gall, and all the fur babies he never knew he’d love so much until they rescued him, preceded him in death.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place.  If you would like to honor him with a memorial contribution, his local favorites are Oxford/Orion FISH (, Paradise Animal Rescue ( and Habitat for Humanity (  Alternatively, any food pantry, animal rescue, conservation group, or local VFW dear to your heart would be appreciated. Raise a glass of Newcastle in a toast to his final lap. Let’s go racin’, boys - WOT!


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