Chester Wayne Gascho, 78 of Cairo, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the VA Hospital in Grand Island. Services were Monday, Feb. 14, at First Baptist Church in Cairo with the Rev. Jack Boling and the Rev. Eldon Elsberry officiating. Burial was in Sand Valley Cemetery at Callaway with the Rev. Dean Hidle officiating. Apfel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gascho was born July 5, 1932, in Broken Bow, to Arthur and Barbara (Stutzman) Gascho.
Survivors of the immediate family include four sons and daughters-in-law, John and Karen Gascho of Lawton, Okla., Earl and Barb Gascho of Dallas, Don and Lori Gascho of Sabillasville, Md., and Dan and Karen Gascho of Picayune Miss.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Dan Weller of North Platte, Racheal and Pat Chandler of Anselmo, Debra and Pat Wescoat of Cairo and Laurie and Dennis Zimbelman of Boelus; a brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Deloris Gascho of Wood River; two sisters, Blanch Sims of Wood River and Mary Brundage of Cairo; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ted and Teri Cudaback of Omaha; 35 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Chester attended school through eighth grade in Broken Bow and Cairo and received his GED in 1956 while in the Air Force. He was united in marriage to Mary (Lora) Cudaback April 9, 1954, in Callaway.
The couple then lived in Puerto Rico, where he was employed by the United States Air Force. They deployed back to the States in 1957, and resided in Lincoln.
They moved to the Hall County area in 1964, where Chester drove semi truck for Aluminum Supply Company and then delivered goods to grocery stores through mid- Nebraska. He moved with his family to Callaway in 1968. Chester worked in Cozad at the Monroe plant, then for the City of Callaway for several years and served as a volunteer on the Callaway fire/rescue squad. He was later employed at New Holland in Lexington and then drove truck for a number of years before retiring.
After retirement, he and his wife spent eight years in Portland, Ore., doing mission work with the homeless and Teen Challenge Ministry. They returned to Cairo in 2003.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Cairo. He loved the Lord and his family. His greatest wish was for everyone he met to know the love of Jesus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Willard; his wife, Mary (Lora); one grandchild, Chance; and two son‘s-in-laws, Thomas Sallee and Gregory Bordenkircher.