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Julius Robert (Bob) Gasperetti

 

November 1, 2017

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Julius Robert (Bob) Gasperetti

Julius Robert (Bob) Gasperetti, 87, a life-long resident of Rock Springs, died peacefully in his home Oct. 28, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Starkville, Colo., and moved to Rock Springs when he was 12 years old.

He attended junior high and high school in Rock Springs and graduated high school in 1948. He went to Heber City, Utah, for work and married Nancy Joan Kohler in 1950. They were later divorced in 1966. Through this union two children were born; a son, Gerald Robert and a daughter, Sheila Ann.

In 1952, he went to Saudi Arabia to work for the Arabian American Oil Company for two years. In June of 1959, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1989.

He was raised a Roman Catholic and prayed daily for his loved ones. He became a member of the Knights of Columbus in 1949 and served as Grand Knight for two years. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years and went to Valley Forge in 1950 as the assistant Scout Master. He was also a member of the Kiwanis, Elks, and Eagles for many years.

He raised his beloved daughter in Jackson Hole and one of his proudest accomplishments of his life was his ability to be a single parent to Sheila during these years. He was actively involved in every aspect of her life. He was an avid fisherman and he and Sheila and many of her friends routinely enjoyed all the advantages and beauty of the outdoors around Teton County. He moved back to Rock Springs to care for his mother in 1978.

During his retirement much of his time was spent with his family, watching the Denver Broncos and roaming the hills in his suburban looking for rocks to polish, hunt for arrowheads and search out the herds of wild horses in Sweetwater County. He enjoyed taking his granddaughters to Thermopolis, gambling trips to Wendover with his whole family and trips to Mexico with his daughter and son-in-law.

Gasperetti is survived by one daughter, Sheila Keating and her husband Richard of Rock Springs; one son, Gerald Gasperetti and his wife Connie of Kissimmee, Fla .; three granddaughters, Molly Keating of Washington, D.C., Chelsey Moeller and husband Shane of Rock Springs and Crissy Hogg and her husband Nathan of Nevada; five great grandchildren, Abbie and Maci Moeller of Rock Springs, Emily, Alexander and Michael Hogg of Nevada. He also wished to acknowledge some special people dear to his heart who were like family to him: Dan McAteer of Missouri, Darlene Baker of Australia, Donna Lankford of Colorado, and Linda Rood and Mary Robinson, both of Rock Springs.

A celebration of life service will take place 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at Fox Funeral Home at 2800 Commercial Way in Rock Springs.

There will be no inurnment to follow. Instead of a traditional viewing, friends and family may call from 4-7 p.m. at the home of Richard and Sheila Keating, 232 Van Buren St., Rock Springs Wednesday, Nov 1. Those who cannot attend his service and wish to sign his guest book can do so online at http://www.foxfh.com. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are encouraged to donate to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project, two of his favorite charities.

 

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