OBITUARY

Richard W. Gabler

February 27, 1951May 23, 2019

Richard “Rich” W. Gabler was called home by his Lord Jesus on May 23, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 68. In his last years, Rich fought valiantly against many health challenges and is now resting in peace.

Rich was born on February 27, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri who was preceded in death by his parents Rev. William C. Gabler and Lorene F. Gabler. Rich was a devoted husband of 25 years to his wife Theresa “Terri”, beloved step-father to Katherine Hayes (Justin), Thomas Cummings (Stephanie), and Gregory Cummings. Rich was a wonderful Papa to his three beautiful grandchildren, Reagan and Carson Hayes and Anthony Cummings. He was a beloved brother to Carole Stahlhut (Ralph) and Elaine Gabler and was a loving uncle, cousin and a dear friend to many.

Rich was a graduate of Ladue High School and then went on to graduate from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a major in History and English Education. After graduation, Rich taught at Parkway West High School where he also coached football. He then switched careers to work for Southwestern Bell, Emerson Electric (17 years where he met the love of his life, Terri), and finally Nestle Purina (15 years), retiring in 2014. In his professional career, Rich was a well-respected executive at both Emerson Electric and Purina. Rich will always be remembered as a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou Tiger Football fan. Those that knew Rich, remember his love for the many rescue dogs that blessed his life, including Goldie, Black Sadie, Snoopy, Riley, Red Sadie, Bentley and Sami Jo. Rich was also committed to physical fitness, keeping journals of his progress throughout his entire life.

While Rich’s life was full of many personal and professional accomplishments, he was best loved and will be most fondly remembered as a man who was ultimately devoted to his family as a compassionate husband, son, brother, and father—who most of all loved spending time with his three grandchildren as they made big messes that only a wonderful Grandpa would find adorable.

Terri and her family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the countless doctors and nurses during his 4 year battle. A special heartfelt thank you to the staff at Nurses and Company for their endless love and support as Rich’s passing grew near.

Visitation for Rich will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Kreigshauser Mortuary West, 9450 Olive Blvd., Olivette, MO 63132, from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Visitation will continue on Friday May 31, 2019 from 9am - 10am until time of service (10am) at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 9801 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141. Interment St. Paul’s Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the animal rescue of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, May 31, 2019

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Natalie Imbrogno

June 19, 2019

Dear Mrs. Gabler and family,

I was so distressed to hear of Mr. Gabler’s passing. I was his student at Parkway South Senior High School in 1977. He was an amazing teacher and role model.
I will always remember his warmth and kindness.
My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Please note that your husband is remembered and respected 40 years later.
God bless.
Natalie Imbrogno

Marvin Russell

June 12, 2019

Richard was born when I was in confirmation at St. Paul’s. Our families had gone on vacation together the year before he was born. I last saw Richard at the sausage supper three years ago and Carol introduced m to you at that time. Richard was always a very positive individual and had a great love for sports. I would like to extend my condolences to you and your family and Carol and Elaine.

Keith Jakle

June 10, 2019

I was so sad to read of Mr. Gabler's passing. Its not mentioned, but he did spend some time as a teacher and coach at Parkway South High School. He was my Shot/Discus coach and taught me many proper techniques for weight lifting and fitness. He was incredibly encouraging and alway made me feel successful, even if I really wasn't all that talented. He brought out the best in all of us. I knew very little about Mr. Gabler's personal life, as he was devoted to us as students. It does not surprise me at all his father was a minister. He was also one of the physically strongest men I've ever know, which matched his character. I only knew him for a relatively short time, but his impact was lifelong. May the Lord comfort his family, Shine His eternal light upon them and bring them peace . God Bless.

Patti Eischen

May 30, 2019

Rich was one of my first teachers at West after moving to St. Louis from Houston. He welcomed me, making me feel at home in his classroom. He became a family friend. He will be sorely missed.

Robert Clasquin

May 29, 2019

My sincerest condolences to Rich's family. I worked at Nestle with him for many years. We would talk a lot about our shared interest in the Cardinals. After his retirement, we kept in contact via text message during almost every Cardinal game for the past 4-5 seasons. I too am an avid Cardinal fan, and Rich, myself, and another friend of mine would text pretty much constantly throughout the games. I will miss our conversations, and feel blessed that I got to know him for as long as I did! RIP my friend!

Charles Donais

May 29, 2019

All my memories of Rich are pleasant ones. We always managed to have a little laugh. I hope Rich is at peace and perhaps aware of how much we all appreciated him.

Brian Jones

May 29, 2019

Rich, that wasn't just his name, but it was how he impacted us all. We are all rich for having known this guy, for having worked with him, for being able to laugh with him, for seeing what a genuinely good person he was.

Rich and I shared a love of sports, and I called him my "uniform" guy. He loved the classic look of Alabama football uniforms, loved the color of the UCLA uniforms, but most of all loved the black and gold of his beloved Tigers. When the Tigers started wearing "alternate" uniforms with different helmet designs, I would text Rich during the game and ask his opinion. "Hate 'em" was the typical response. I would just smile.

Rich was "old school", but in the best sense. He was polite, respectful of others, conscientious, hard working and thought any job worth doing was worth doing right. I don't know if I ever saw Rich in a bad mood or heard him speak poorly of people.

Rich never wanted people to know how bad his health was, how hard it was for him, how much pain he was in. He worried about Terri and her having to take care of him. He told me that's not the way it should be, like I said "old school".

I'll miss you my friend and can't wait for the day we see each of again. We'll have lots of sports to catch up on!

God bless you Rich!!

John Ging

May 28, 2019

Friendly, reasonable, caring, sincere, trustworthy, intelligent, knowledgeable, poised, insightful; that’s the Rich Gabler I knew. Rich was both a colleague and a friend. Rich was a super person whom I immensely enjoyed working with at Nestle. He was one of the guys I would go out of my way for, to make sure I visited with him while I was in St. Louis. I will always remember his firm handshake, his warm smile, and his genuine laugh. Rich was a wonderful human being. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with Terri, and Rich’s entire family.

My warmest regards,
John Ging

Greg Smith

May 28, 2019

Katie Hayes is one of our valuable team members at the bank and Rich's stepdaughter. On behalf of our entire staff, I want to express our deepest condolences to Katie, Terri and their entire family for the loss of Rich. Words can never express the deepest feelings people want to share at times like this. But Katie, know that you are loved by your "work" family and we share in your loss. Our best to you and your family.

Very Sincerely,

Greg Smith
CEO
1st Advantage Bank

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