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Harold David Gaskill

Born: Tue., Sep. 29, 1931
Died: Thu., Apr. 4, 2019


Family to do services at later date


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Harold D. Gaskill, 87, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019.  Services to be at a later date (contact a family member for more information).  Condolences can be sent to 5045 Apache Place, Pocatello, ID  83204. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Caring Hearts Assisted Living, Pocatello, Idaho and all his caregivers at Encompass Home Health and Hospice. 

Harold was born September 29, 1931 to Verona Elizabeth (Kline) and Everett Augustus Gaskill, in Mattoon, Illinois, the youngest of six.  In 1951, after one year of accounting at Eastern Illinois University, he enlisted in the Marines, serving aboard the famed USS Missouri (BB63), site of the Japanese surrender, during its second tour of the Korean combat zone (May 11, 1951 to May 20 1953), receiving four medals: Korean Service medal, United Nations medal, China Service medal, and National Defense Service medal; honorable discharged in early 1954. 

In Chicago, Illinois, January 29, 1955, he married Jeanette Elaine Shepherd (Jan), of Liberty, Missouri. They had four children. He became a draftsman in crane design for Whiting Corporation in Harvey, Illinois, and later at Joyce Dayton in Dayton Ohio. Upon retiring, he studied and became a Realtor for Red Hill Real Estate and later, Coldwell Banker. 

He is survived by sons, Kurt (Cheryl), Alexandria, Virginia, Keith, Chicago, Illinois, and Kerry, Champaign, Illinois; daughter, Kim (Greg), Pocatello, Idaho; grandson, Jake, Champaign, Illinois; sister Ella Mae Key, Montrose, Illinois; step grandsons Nick (Johnelle) and Tom Stoltz, Pocatello, Idaho, Danielle (Andrew Pellum) Brown, Jason Brown (Bambi), Josh Recker, Champaign, Illinois; step great-grandchildren, Bryson, Aften and Ace Stoltz, Pocatello, Idaho, Tannis Pellum, Jonas Pellum, Kayla Recker, Jaden Recker, Destiny Stumborg, Chaiz Stumborg, Champaign, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Jan, three sisters, Margaret Hinchee, Mildred Stephens, Rosalee Sullivan and one brother, Robert.

He was a competitor for sure, throughout his life. He loved poker and card games, slot machines, pachinko, golf, bowling, pocket billiards and stock market investing.  Losing sight in his right eye never deterred him from participating in these activities. He enjoyed teaching pocket billiards to his children and grandson. He even attempted to learn guitar, saxophone and Spanish on his own. Harold played the role of honorary “grandfather” to the children of his Centerville neighbors Greg and Jenn Kerr (Dean, Shelby, Sydney, Savannah and Dawson), who took great care of him especially after his wife’s passing. Harold had been active at the Senior Center in both Centerville, Ohio, and Pocatello, Idaho. He will be greatly missed.

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Kenneth and Carolyn Bullock
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Fred N
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
To the Family,
I would like to express how sorry to hear of your loss. It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your loved one is up in heaven.
I found what God promises in the Bible helpful. At Acts 24:15 it says “And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead.”
This promise has consoled me when my father died. Hopefully, it can provide some hope and comfort to your family.

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