Groton - Donald H. Gager, 80, of Groton, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London.
He was born in Waterford, July 11, 1933, the son of Paul P. Gager and Harriett (Daniels) Gager. He was the husband of Joanne (MacDougall) Gager who survives him.
Mr. Gager attended the former Chapman Technical High School in New London, and was a veteran of the Korean War
, serving in the U.S. Air Force
. He had been employed as a carpenter, and had worked at the Robertson Paper Box Company prior to owning his Mobil Gas Station in East Lyme.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Paul Gager; daughter, Donna Dysinger; nephew, Robert Gager Jr.; niece, Pamela Gager-Brewer. He has four stepchildren, Loreen Lockwood and her husband, Andy, Diane Cioci, Louis Perrino Jr. and his wife, Teri, Tina Perrino-Sgandurra and her husband, Ray. He has a sister-in-law, Barbara Phillips-Gager; 12 step-grandchildren; and his dog, Missy.
He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Gager; and his stepdaughter, Debra Ann Denison.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Cedar Grove Cemetery with Military Honors. There are no calling hours.
Condolence messages may be left on Mr. Gager's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com