Charles "Chuck" Gaskin Jr., passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Columbia Post Acute Nursing Home in Columbia, Missouri, with his wife by his side. He was born in his grandparents' home on May 31, 1936, in Beach Haven, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles Gaskin Sr. and Kathryn (Gundrum) Gaskin, both deceased. He was married on August 31, 1963, in Shadyside, Ohio, to Ann Sneddon, who survives at the home. He attended schools in Flushing, New York and Chicago, Illinois before graduating from Fairview-White High School in Dayton, Ohio. Chuck attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was a proud member of the United States Navy, on active service from February 1958 to June 1962. His duty was extended due to the Cuban crisis. He received a service award for his countless hours volunteering at the Columbia Department of Veterans Affairs. He always had a heart for veterans and loved talking with them as he did patient surveys to help them with their concerns. Chuck was an engineer who began his career with Nordan-Ketay Corporation then Republic Aviation Corporation followed by North American Aviation. He held two patents in inertial guidance system designs. In 1969, he moved to Westinghouse in Lima, Ohio and was transferred to the Westinghouse in Jefferson City in 1973, working in Quality Assurance. Chuck retired from Westinghouse/ABB in 1991 to start his own consulting business. Chuck was passionate about sports. He was a lifelong Cubs fan in the midst of Cardinal country. He received the first Westinghouse Community Service Award for his many years of volunteering with youth sports, including football, soccer and baseball. He was the coach of the Jefferson City Cougars, semi-pro baseball team. He was a member of the Big Brother Association. He was a PTA treasurer and board member, band booster, church youth leader, and on the long-range planning committee for the public schools. A lifelong hobby was his love of trains and model railroading. Chuck loved his church family. He was a member at First Assembly of God. A very meaningful event in Chuck's life was his baptism on November 13, 2019. Chuck is survived by his wife: Ann Gaskin; children: Laurie Cadwell (Steve), Douglas Gaskin (Christy), and Shay Janssen (Tad); brother: Louis Gaskin (Helga); grandchildren: Matthew, Katelyn and Michael Cadwell; Alayna, Madeline, A.J., and Camille Gaskin; Zac, Nathan, Peter and Joe Janssen. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents: Charles and Kathryn Gaskin; sister: Sandra Gaskin; and a special uncle: Hobert Gundrum. In keeping with the guidelines of the CDC, friends can be received from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at Houser-Millard Funeral Directors. When you come on the parking lot at the funeral home you will remain in your car and be directed around to the front Portico at Houser Millard Funeral Home. You will be shown where to stop under the Portico to view through the picture window. This will help accommodate family and friends in a safe manner and will be a way to show your respect in these unusual times. You may take a Memorial Service Folder and leave a personalized message for family through video streaming. Private family services will be held with interment at Riverview Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Wounded Warriors. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109,(573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com.
Published April 15, 2020