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     Gary Gastel, age 80, of rural Lamar, passed away early Saturday morning, September 16, 2017, at Truman Healthcare Center.

     Gary was born May 18, 1937, in Lamar to Leonard and Gladys (Patterson) Gastel.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Larry Wayne, and Keith Gastel.

     Gary graduated Lamar High School in 1955, and then served his country in the United States Navy.  On April 25, 1959 at Lamar, Gary married Carolyn Gartman, and they made their home, farmed, and raised their four sons in Barton County. 

     Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Carolyn, of the home; four sons, Steve (Ginger) Gastel, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Scott Gastel, Lamar, Kent Gastel, Frontenac, Kansas, and Kirk (Kristin) Gastel, Dallas, Texas; four brothers, Dwight (Kay) Gastel, Golden City, Missouri, Richard (Ellen) Gastel, Jasper, James (Jeannie) Gastel, Jasper, and Kenny (Arvilla) Gastel, Rock Island, Illinois; two sisters, Doris (Ray) Little and Janet (Steve) Diggs, all of Lamar; a sister-in-law, Judy Gastel, Lamar; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Katie) Gastel, Christopher Gastel, Diahn (Dustin) Hayden, Zac (Kimber) Gastel and Gavin Gastel; 10 Great-grandchildren, Terin, Taylor, Oakley, Skyler, Karman, Lily, Waylon, Rayley, Conway, Dalton.  

     Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 20th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Daniel Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Alzheimer Association, or American Cancer Society, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#8 Rock Island ILDeeDee 2017-09-20 16:46
So sorry we couldn't be there with you. I loved Uncle Gary, even when he was ornery and teased me! Thinking of you and Steve, Scott, Kent, and Kirk. Sending my love and prayers.

#7 Lamar, MOSteve & Sarabelle DeWitt 2017-09-19 18:33
We were out of town and didn't hear about Gary until tonight, so very sorry we weren't there for you and your family tonight. We pray for comfort and peace . If there is anything we can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask. 58 years is a miracle this day and age, know you will miss him very much.
#6 Austin, TXPaul Williamson 2017-09-19 14:45
Carolyn, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
#5 Lamar MOCarmen Rutledge Phyllis Ogles 2017-09-18 16:02
So very sorry for you loss. Prayers for comfort and peace!
#4 LamarRon & Melanie Bruffett 2017-09-18 15:53
Thinking of all of you and our prayers go out to you.
#3 Lamar, MORon & Melanie Bruffett 2017-09-18 15:51
All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless all of you.
#2 LamarRon and Melanie Haile Bruffe 2017-09-17 13:50
We were sorry to hear of Gary's passing but know he is much happier now. Carolyn, you and your family have our deepest sorrow.
#1 Springfield MOPhyl Rohlfing 2017-09-17 13:20
So sorry to hear about Gary. You were blessed with a long life together but it is never easy when you lose your sweetheart and best friend!

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