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Arthur Rudy Gasdik Jan 12,1940 - Nov 24,2013 Art passed away at home in the arms of the love of his life, his wife Ramona, with his children at his side Catherine Mclean and Arturo Gasdik . He died after a suffering from CIDP-Chronic Inflammatory Demylinating Polyneuropathy for the past 8 years, then in Sept of 2012 he began a battle with Esophageal Cancer. Arthur was born to Mary and Joseph Gasdik in Scranton PA. He was one of four children. He went to West Scranton High School. He played and excelled at Baseball. Here he developed lifelong friendships. At age 17 Art joined the US Army, then transferred and joined the United States Marine Corps where he would continue to serve our country for 23 years . He served two tours in Vietnam, Khe Sanh, and Korea. He was stationed multiple places overseas throughout his career. He had many roles throughout his military career, but he was best known and remembered as the "The Drill Instructor." He received numerous awards and recognitions during his military career, as in the "Presidential Unit Citation" -recognizing extraordinary heroism in action, "National Defense Service Medal", "Combat Action Ribbons," " Meritorious Unit Awards," and multiple other awards. In 1969 while he was stationed in San Diego, he met Ramona. It was love at first site for Art, and on their first date he told her he knew that they would marry one another. Well three months later on November 6th, Art and Ramona married. Military life immediately moved them around a lot. In 1971 their daughter Catherine was born. In 1976 Art had to leave for Japan and Australia, while Ramona was pregnant. It was decided at that time Ramona would take Catherine to Eureka, CA where Ramona's family lived. Art unfortunately was not in the country for the birth of his son Arturo. After Arts last overseas assignment, the family relocated to southern California. Art's final station was at Camp Pendleton before retiring from 23 years active in USMC . For 7 more years the military could call him back in if needed. Art and Ramona made a decision to make their final move back to Eureka Ca. Art took much needed time off. Adjusting back to civilian life took time. He went to school at Humboldt State University. After a few years he started working for Pinkerton Security, here he quickly advanced in supervisory roles, finally as District Manager for his region. In 2000 Art retried from his second career. Art was always a hard worker and gave 100% to what he was involved with. And with working hard he loved to have fun and travel by car with his wife. Going to Reno, Las Vegas on New Year's Eve to see special concerts, like his favorite Neil Diamond, Cher, or Celine Dion, hikes on Mt Lassen. He enjoyed working outdoors in the garden and woodworking, and getting out to watchhis Grandson Ryan's sporting events. But during Football season it was all about watching the games. He always had to be busy and working on a new project. At the family get 'togethers' you would know Art would be the first to "break a dance move" and get the whole gang dancing with him. He loved to entertain his friends and family. He was hoping to do more of this after retirement , but the diagnosis of CIDP came soon after. For 5 days in a row every month for 2 hours at a time he would get infusions to help his body fight the disorder. In the beginning he would get great relief, but as the years went by the disease progression increased, and independency decreased. But as a true Marine he kept strong and fought hard. And through it all his wife Ramona cared for him, 24/7 always at his side. Arthur is survived by his wife of 44 years Ramona Gasdik. Two days before Art's passing, Arthur and Ramona renewed their wedding vows at home. Arthur is also survived by his children Rudy Gasdik, Catherine McLean, and Arturo Gasdik. He also leaves behind his Grandchildren, Great Grandson, numerous special Nieces and Nephews, Brother -in -Laws, Sister -in- Laws, and MANY other family members whom he loved each onedearly. Services will be on Saturday December 28th. 1100 at St Joseph Church in Eureka, then following is Celebration of Life at family home with Military Honor Ceremony at 1:00. Please call Daughter Catherine Mclean for information (707)499-2101. We would like to thank ALL the people in his medical team the Mds, Nurses, Medical Assts, Secretaries, Infusion Center, StJ Radiation and Chemotherapy Depts, all hold a very special place in our hearts. And a huge thank you to Hospice of Humboldt for helping us fulfill my dad's wishes and around the clock support during a most challenging time.. And a special thank you to the Family and Friends for your never ending support of Art during his illness. It was more frequent than not that we couldn't get by without your assistance. And those despite Art's illness, still maintained his dignity, respect, and made time out of your busy schedules just to sit with Art, or send letter, or care package, and make him forget about his illness, you will never know how much this meant to him, THANK YOU! Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.comand click on obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Dec. 22, 2013
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