George Melvin Gasaway


George Melvin Gasaway, 78, of Seymour passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the home of his daughter.

Born May 21, 1938, he was the second son of Clarence Paul and Mildred McElfresh Gasaway, both of whom preceded him in death.

Born and raised in Seymour, George would spend his whole life in the area. He was a regular fixture at several restaurants where he would show up like clockwork for coffee and conversation.

Lighthearted and carefree, George did not take the complications of life too seriously; his sense of humor was always present and he was primed for laughter.

George was a man of faith and left behind a legacy of simple trust in God. He would often recall in detail the many times God had miraculously intervened in his life. His prayers and trust in God are ingrained in the hearts of his children.

An entrepreneur at core, George loved to buy, sell and trade. He was always hunting for a bargain or deal and simply enjoyed the art of transacting business.

George loved nature and was an avid fisherman and hunter, and if the animals weren’t on the menu, he could sometimes be found at the park feeding them.

He especially loved babies, and he would throw dignity to the wind in order to entertain them. He bloomed with joy when they would crack a smile or when they erupted in laughter. His childlike attitude was a perfect match for their innocent wonder.

These many memorable attributes will be missed, but they will continue to shine brightly in the minds of all who encountered him, and the light of faith that he reflected will endure and help to germinate the many seeds he planted in the hearts of others.

Survivors include three daughters, Natalie Phillips, Abbie Frank and Jolinda Phillips; five sons, Nathan Gasaway, Aaron (Charmaine) Gasaway, Jason (Susanti) Gasaway, Shaun (Gina) Gasaway and Shannon (Courtney) Gasaway; 28 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Max Eugene Gasaway, Betty (Gasaway) Hall and Brenda Gasaway.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre with the Rev. Larry Robbins and the Rev. Gary Dyer officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to the George Gasaway Memorial Fund.