Sherman “Jack” Gaston, 90, of Cloe, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Christ the King Manor.
Jack was born on August 1, 1930, in Rossiter, Pa. and was the 9th of 12 children of the late Aaron Gaston and Minta (Segar) Gaston. He married loving wife Patricia Jean (States) Gaston on May 22, 1954, who survives. They’ve been married for 66 years.
Jack was a graduate of Marion Center High School. He was employed most of his working life as a welder at Lombard Manufacturing in Punxsutawney, and Sam Jack Drilling of Indiana, PA. He was also a member of the First Church of God.
In his younger years Jack enjoyed hunting and was an ace baseball player with a mean curveball. In his later years he was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending his winters in Florida with family and friends. His infamous hole-in-one at age 81 was a great source of pride, but you probably already knew that.
In addition to his wife Patricia, Jack is survived by three daughters; Joy Brosius and husband Randy of Knoxdale, PA, Jill Gaston Doan and husband David of Arnold, MD, and Jena Gaston Prokopchuk, of Morgantown, WV. He’s also survived by five grandsons; Jeremy Williams, Luke Williams, Seth Williams, Alexander Doan and Jack Prokopchuk, nine great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
He's survived by three sisters; Hilda Mae "Hid" Gaston, Shirley Cassidy, and Joyce Carden.
He was preceded in death by four sisters; Alberta Hawk, Ruby Craft, Bernell “Nell” Gaston, Annabell Aires, and four brothers; Aaron “Mike” Gaston, Dee Lex "Johnny" Gaston, Harold “Don” Gaston, and Albert Gene "Tuck" Gaston.
Jack was a humble, hardworking man who always put his family first. He was a stealthy board game player and enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and golf buddies. Jack was known for his bright smile and quick wit, and was an absolute master of corny “dad” jokes.
Although dementia attempted to take everything, it could not steal his kindness and sense of humor, which he kept until the very end. The family thanks all of his wonderful home care givers, and the staff at Christ the King Manor for his care, and for laughing at his jokes.
Friends will be received on Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the McCabe Funeral Home, Inc. in Punxsutawney. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the funeral home. Out of respect and safety of others, the family kindly requests that face masks are worn. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery.
Donations in Jack’s memory can be made to benefit the food pantry of The First Church of God in Punxsutawney, PA. by writing “memorial” on the check memo line.
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