Obituary Record

Robert "Red" Edson Gaston
Died on 10/21/2020

Printed in the October 28, 2020 Omaha World-Herald

Gaston, Robert Edson "Red"



February 26, 1929 - October 21, 2020

Robert (Red) Edson Gaston, age 91, Lincoln NE died Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Robert was born February 26, 1929 at home in Norman, Nebraska. Robert was the fifth of six children born to Merwie (Edson) and Thomas Gaston, Sr. Robert graduated from Minden High School in 1947. He received a BA in Education degree in 1951 from Nebraska Wesleyan; MA of Education from UNL in 1959; and Six Year Specialist degree from UNL in 1972.

Red served in the US Army, stationed in Alaska from 1951-1953. He was a standout basketball player at Minden HS, Nebraska Wesleyan, and on the Army's Fort Richardson Alaskan Armed Forces team. Robert began his professional career as an instructor, coach and principal at Union Public Schools in 1953. In the following years he was an instructor and coach at Polk Public Schools (1954-56), Beaver Crossing Public School (1956-59), and Bayard Public Schools (1959-1962). In 1962, Mr. Gaston became Superintendent at Homer Public Schools and in 1966 the family moved to Hooper, NE. Mr. Gaston, as Superintendent of Hooper Public Schools, was instrumental in consolidating the Hooper, Winslow, Uehling, and Nickerson Public Schools to form Logan View Jr.-Sr. High school from where he retired in 1990 after 24 years as Superintendent.

Robert and Phyllis Jean Tyler were united in marriage on June 4, 1954. They met while attending Nebraska Wesleyan. Two children, Carol and Jim, completed the family. Phyllis passed away in January, 2018. They enjoyed 63 years of together. Following retirement, Robert and Phyllis enjoyed traveling and camping. Golf became Red's sport at retirement playing in Senior Leagues in Hooper and Lincoln.

Robert is survived by his children: Carol (Wendell) Hutsell of Waverly, Jim (Patty) Gaston of Papillion; grandchildren: Dan (Kylie) Hutsell of Blair; Sarah (Mike) Wilson of Independence, MO; Jake Gaston (Kaela Butts) of Overland Park, KS; Jared (Molly) Gaston of Omaha, NE; and Stephanie Gaston of Papillion: and great-grandchildren: Grant, Lauren, Kendall and Camille Hutsell of Blair; sisters-in-law: Joann Gaston, Broken Bow, Phyllis Gaston, Norman, Marian Slaughter and Kathy Tyler, Lincoln; brothers-in-law, Van Tyler and Bob Tyler Lincoln.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; parents, Thomas Sr. and Merwie; brothers, Thomas Jr, Russell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary (Spence) Moll, Barbara (Howard) Hofstater and Ann (at birth); sister-in-law, Marge Tyler; brother-in-law, Bill Slaughter.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE: Monday, November 2, 2020, 1pm, at Roper and Sons South Chapel, 3950 Hohensee Drive, Lincoln NE. Burial following the service at Rosehill Cemetery in Waverly with full military honors. Livestreaming will be available at Memorials in lieu of flowers to Logan View Public School Education Foundation, 1077 Nickerson Road, Hooper, NE 68031 or Faith United Methodist Church, 303 W. Maple Street, Hooper, NE 68031. "Hugs from Home" or condolences online at


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~~~Obituary courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska~~~

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Printed in the Omaha World Herald on 10/28/2020