Robert Gaschen

Robert L. “Bob” Gaschen, 77, rural Perry, died Dec. 16, 2010, at his home.

He was born March 31, 1933, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of Fred Samuel and Hedwig Elisabeth Schlogel Gaschen. He had lived in Kansas City, Mo., and Topeka before moving to Perry in 1991.

He was a meat cutter for many years, working through the Amalgamated Meat Cutter’s Union Local No. 576 in Kansas City. He had served on the Union Local No. 576 board of directors and served as a union steward.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a staff sergeant from 1950 to 1953.

He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Perry and a member of American Legion Post No. 142 in Perry.

He married Helen Marie Vanderhoof Oct. 22, 1955, at Kansas City, Mo. She survives at home.

He is also survived by one son, James Gaschen, Meriden; one daughter, Bridget Debus, Meriden; two brothers, Daniel Gaschen, Palm Desert, Calif., and George Gaschen, Providence Forge, Va.; four sisters, Rosemarie Bader, Fairway, Frances Leary, Overland Park, Dorothy Budfuloski, Pine Mountain, Ga., and Margaret Ehrnman, Blue Springs, Mo.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Gaschen and James Gaschen.

Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 20 at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Inurnment will be at a later date at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.

Memorials can be made to the Jefferson County Friends of Hospice or to St. Theresa Catholic Church or to the Christian Foundation for Youth and Aging and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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