AUGUSTA, Ill. -- Roland H. "Gus" Gaskell, 87, of Augusta, entered in eternal rest Thursday (March 21, 2013). Roland, known as Uncle Gus to family and friends, was most recently a resident of the Golden Good Shepherd Home.
He was born June 29, 1925, in Evanston. The oldest of three children, Gus was very fortunate to spend his summer vacations working on the family farm of Emil and Alice Brye. The bonds created in his youth with the Brye family were a gift that continued until his passing.
Upon his high school graduation in 1943, Gus enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps
, completing his basic training in 1943. He was assigned to the Pacific theatre and participated in island invasions as a flame thrower and demolition specialist. Gus saw combat on Saipan, Tinian, Marianas Islands, Okinawa and Ryukyu Islands. He was honorably discharged in 1946 at the completion of the war.
After the war, Gus returned to Chicago and began his career in construction, starting first as a bricklayers apprentice, later becoming a master mason. Gus continued his masonry career until his retirement in 1983.
Upon his retirement, he moved from the Chicago area to Augusta where he continued to share his skills with the community. Gus truly enjoyed his relaxed lifestyle. Traveling, fishing and gardening were his favorite pastimes. He was blessed to share his later years with his special companion, Treva Walker. Uncle Gus's wit and sense of humor will be missed by all. His never-ending ability to bring laughter to any situation will forever be our fondest memory.
Survivors include his nieces, Melinda (Mark) Myers and Pam (Ron) Webb of Augusta, Lisa (Peter) Greiner of Albia, Iowa, Rhonda (John) Eichhoff of Missouri and Christina Gaskell of Indianapolis; his nephews, Jimmy Gaskell and Craig Gaskell of Indianapolis and Doug Leverton of Mount Sterling; two daughters, Suzy Carmicheal of Green Bay, Wis., and Lynn Woitas of Chicago; and numerous great-nieces and nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim Gaskell; a niece, Darla Leverton; and Emil and Alice Brye.
SERVICES: 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hamilton Funeral Home, Augusta, with the Rev. Kevin Lingenfelter conducting. Burial with military honors will be in Cooperstown Cemetery, Cooperstown.
VISITATION: noon until time of services Tuesday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Golden Good Shepherd Home, Golden.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hamilton Funeral Home.