Jan 7, 2014 - StaffEugene Gasser Jr., formerly of Riverton, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Midland, Texas. He was 86 years old.
A rosary will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Davis Funeral Home with graveside services to follow.
Eugene Gasser Jr. was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Riverton, the son of Eugene Gasser Sr. and Clara Vock Gasser. He started school at Bar G Ranch, moved to Riverton and started second grade. He graduated from Riverton High School in 1944. He played football for the Riverton Wolverines from 1942 to 1944.
He was drafted into the Army on Sept. 23, 1944. He joined the 136th Infantry and served in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged Sept. 14, 1945.
On Aug. 3, 1952, he married the love of his life, Mary Cram. Together they raised eight children.
His family said he loved and adamantly supported all of his children. He and his wife traveled thousands of miles to wrestling matches and football, volleyball and basketball games. They said there was seldom an event in which his children participated that he was not in the stands making his presence known.
He worked in the oil fields and retired as an area foreman July 6, 1986.
In 2001, the couple moved to Midland, Texas, to be near their family.
Mr. Gasser was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church of Midland, Texas, and made many good friends there. He also was a lifetime member of the VFW.
He is survived by four sons and two daughters, Gary and Tina Gasser of Casper, Daniel and Lacy Gasser of Midland, Texas, Ronald and Christe Gasser of Greenwood, Texas, Richard and Kim Gasser of Midland, Texas, Jeannie and Tim Kohn of Midland, Texas, and Penney and Dave Parker of Midland, Texas; siblings Ruth and Chris Pallas of San Bruno, Calif., Ralph and Judy Gasser of Riverton, Jeanette and L.F. Tucker of Riverton, and Nellie Raymond of Riverton; many nieces and nephews; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Gasser; parents Eugene and Clara Vock Gasser; and sons Timothy John and Michael Eugene.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas Ave., Midland, TX 79701.
Arrangements are under the directions of Ellis Funeral Home of Midland, Texas. Online condolences may be left at www.ellisfunerals.com.
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