NEWPORT NEWS - Gerald M. Gaskill passed away after a very short illness on Saturday, April 14, 2012, surrounded by his family and close friends.|
He was born in Beaufort, N.C., on June 22, 1935, to the late Mamie Pearl Gaskill. Gerry entered the U. S. Air Force in 1954 through 1958. He later entered the U. S. Army in 1966 until his retirement in 1993. Gerry served tours in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Hawaii. He met his wife, Tongsai, in Thailand while he was stationed there in the Army. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 with 28 years plus of service, and received numerous awards and campaign ribbons. He was a proud plank owner of the U.S. Army Vessel LSV Clinger which he picked up in Mississippi and delivered to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as Master.
After his retirement from the Army, he worked for Marine Spill Response Corporation as a seaman and mate on the Virginia Responder. Gerry was a lifetime member of VFW Post 4272 in Columbus, Mississippi.
Gerry enjoyed all sports and was an avid Boston Celtic and Red Sox fan.
Gerry was preceded in death by his mother, Mamie Pearl Gaskill; brother, Norwood Earl Gaskill, and his wife, Marie Daniels Gaskill.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Tongsai Gaskill; his niece, Lois Gibbs and husband, Bruc,; three nephews, John Stanford Gaskill, Gerry Lee Gaskill, and Gerald Wayne Gaskill; a great-niece, Regina Lynn Gaskill.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Virginia for the care and concern they showed over the last week.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Weymouth Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. in the Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel with full military honors. A Buddhist Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m.
Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2012