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Robert "Bob" E Gaston Jr

October 29, 1931September 11, 2020
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Robert “Bob” Gaston, Jr, 88, of Bettendorf, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2020. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 3-6pm at Weerts Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the Bob Gaston CASI New Horizon Band Quad Cities or to Clarissa C Cook Hospice House.

Bob was born on October 29, 1931 to Robert and Katheryn Gaston in Atchison, Kansas. He was a music teacher for 38 years before retiring in 1991. While teaching, Bob met the love of his life, Marlene Jones, they later married on May 24, 1955 in Mullen, Nebraska. Bob loved every aspect of music; teaching, directing, and listening. In 1995, he founded the now CASI New Horizon Band and directed it until 2017, when they renamed it the Bob Gaston CASI New Horizon Band Quad Cities in his honor. In addition to enjoying music Bob could be found reading books, catching up on current events, or sharing comics with family and friends. He was well known for his jokes and he always made a friend wherever he went. For holidays and birthdays Bob would write an original poem for each family member. Bob's greatest weaknesses were Whitey's Ice Cream and Oreo Cookies.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Marlene; children Greg (Donna) Gaston and Heather (Trent) Wilkerson; granddaughters Danielle and Rose; his dog LouLu; and the people he touched throughout his life.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert Gaston, Father (deceased)
  • Katheryn Gaston, Mother (deceased)
  • Marlene (Jones) Gaston, Wife
  • Greg (Donna) Gaston, Son
  • Heather (Trent) Wilkerson, Daughter
  • Danielle, Granddaughter
  • Rose, Granddaughter
  • LouLu, Dog
  • Robert also leaves the people he touched throughout his life.

Learn more about the Gaston name

  • DONATIONS

  • Bob Gaston CASI New Horizon Band Quad Cities
  • Clarissa C Cook Hospice House

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Memories

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Leonard Sjogren

September 24, 2020

During my nine years as pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Wellman it was my privilege to get to know Bob as his friend, as a Christian, and as a fellow musician. His contributions to that wonderful town still live on. He has been a winner!

Joe Wright

September 18, 2020

Former Mid Prairie band Member
All my siblings were band members and our family always had
Someone in high school band from 1964 to 1980
We have very fond memories of Mr Gaston by all of us
He started our band training in summer before 6 th grade
Our parents and all of us kids had so much fun with him.
It was really fun when he brought his band of retired people
To play at Mid Prairie once.
Greg was in my brother’s class at MP school
The world will be dull with out his jokes.

The Wright family

KARLA MAXWELL

September 18, 2020

Mr Gaston always had a smile on his face. I was a student when he had those thick eyeglasses. He would always pat me on the head and say, " You can't go wrong with Wright" because my maiden name is Wright. All 5 of my siblings and I had Mr Gaston. I really enjoyed being in band.

Mark Schneider

September 16, 2020

The Mid-Prairie Community shares in the sadness felt by the Gaston Family and we send our condolences to them for the loss of Bob. If you google "great man," I have no doubt that Bob's picture will be one of the first photos listed. He not only served the district with distinction, but his influence on our students and families will be felt for generations to come. He was a kind and generous man and was always a joy to be around. The world's music is a little less sweet because of Bob's passing.

Elaine Allensworth (Martin)

September 16, 2020

He was the BEST band teacher I ever knew. His name still echoes through the halls of Mid-Prairie High School. It was so much fun to go on trips and march in parades. We went to Washington, DC for the first trip he ever did (1970). Two years later, I lived and worked in DC. I went and looked up the place we were housed in and when married, went to the military base and attended the annual performance that I had seen three years before. So many memories and he will be missed and remembered by so many.
Elaine Allensworth Martin, Mid-Prairie graduate 1971

Craig and Kathy Shellady

September 15, 2020

Both my husband and I worked with Bob for many years. He also worked with our daughters in the Mid Prairie band. He was a wonderful, caring man and always a positive force in our buildings. He loved to tell a story, or joke and just enjoyed being around people. We loved his devotion to his students and all the success he brought to our schools! RIP, Bob, a job well done! And, our deepest regards to the family.

Kim Chaloupka

September 15, 2020

I remember Washington cherry blossom festival parade we worked so hard to get there and the jazz band won the first place trophy for best smaller city band over california was such a great time out there he was such a hard working person when it came to perfection he will be missed. RIP Mr. Bib Gaston !!!!

Meg Peterseim Nagel

September 14, 2020

Mr. Gaston was an inspiration. He taught me how to look past the notes on the page in jazz band and play the keyboard with heart. RIP Bob - you gave so much to so many!

Cindy Santelmann

September 14, 2020

Mr Gaston would get so excited when we would play the right notes! I learned about the beauty and excitement of people joining together to make music by watching him direct and join in that process. I so appreciate him now. As a twirler and sax player, band was one of the best parts of high school.

Cindy Bowser-Snedigar

September 14, 2020

Gaston Family, Bob was on my mind last week and now I know why. I'm so very very sorry. Such a great and amazing man. I admired his dedication and the love he had for his family, students, and music. I appreciated his encouragement and valued his friendship. He holds a special place in so many hearts young and old. May God bless you all and may His peace and love comfort and strengthen you always. Love and prayers to you all, Cindy

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Biography

Robert “Bob” Gaston, Jr, 88, of Bettendorf, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2020. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 3-6pm at Weerts Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the Bob Gaston CASI New Horizon Band Quad Cities or to Clarissa C Cook Hospice House.

Bob was born on October 29, 1931 to Robert and Katheryn Gaston in Atchison, Kansas. He was a music teacher for 38 years before retiring in 1991. While teaching, Bob met the love of his life, Marlene Jones, they later married on May 24, 1955 in Mullen, Nebraska. Bob loved every aspect of music; teaching, directing, and listening. In 1995, he founded the now CASI New Horizon Band and directed it until 2017, when they renamed it the Bob Gaston CASI New Horizon Band Quad Cities in his honor. In addition to enjoying music Bob could be found reading books, catching up on current events, or sharing comics with family and friends. He was well known for his jokes and he always made a friend wherever he went. For holidays and birthdays Bob would write an original poem for each family member. Bob's greatest weaknesses were Whitey's Ice Cream and Oreo Cookies.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Marlene; children Greg (Donna) Gaston and Heather (Trent) Wilkerson; granddaughters Danielle and Rose; his dog LouLu; and the people he touched throughout his life.

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