Posted: Mon 1:34 PM, Oct 21, 2013
Funeral Home: Strickland Funeral Home - Caldwell
November 11, 1920 - October 18, 2013
Richard Eddie Gaas was called to his heavenly home on Friday, October 18, 2013, at the age of 92, where he was surrounded by his family and caregivers after an extended illness.
Richard was born on November 11, 1920, and was the son of Richard and Rosie Gaas of Caldwell, Texas. He was one of 14 children and worked on the family farm near Caldwell. He served in the United States Army during World War II for 3½ years and was discharged on December 11, 1945. He received the rank of Sargeant.
Upon returning to Caldwell, he met and married Erma Mary Heine on June 28, 1947. They were married for 66 years and resided in Bryan, Texas, where they raised two children, a son, Richard Ronald (Ronnie) Gaas and a daughter, Peggy Ann Gaas Stevens. Richard was a charter member of Faith Church in Bryan.
Richard trained through the GI Bill and worked for Lilly Ice Cream Company. In April 1962, Richard and Erma started their own business, Gaas Refrigeration. In 1984, the business was purchased by his son and Richard continued to work with the company and helped with the expansion of the business until his retirement. He continued to visit the office and enjoyed having a cup of coffee with his son and employees.
Following his retirement, Richard focused on his real passion, gardening and raising cattle in Robertson County. He frequently visited with friends and family and shared the vegetables from his garden. Richard and his wife, Erma moved to Calvert, Texas, near his son and daughter-in-law, where he remained until his death. Richard loved gardening, visiting with friends, family, dancing, and music.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Richard and Rosie Gaas, his beloved daughter, Peggy Ann Gaas Stevens and numerous brothers and sisters.
Richard is survived by his wife, Erma Heine Gaas; son, Ronnie Gaas and wife Cathy of Calvert; two grandsons, Michael Powell and wife Katie, of Dallas; Joshua Powell of San Antonio; three great-grandchildren, Judah Powell of Dallas, Larson and Lauren Powell of San Antonio; one brother, Milton Gaas of Bryan; one sister, Matilda Kocurek of Caldwell, a sister-in-law, Imogene Havemann of Caldwell and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wished to express a special thanks to his caregivers, Julie Ramirez, Bregetta Bly, Shelia Chavez, Raymond Ramirez Jr., Marie Trujillo, and to Dr Stephen Tseng and his staff.
Visitation and service will be with Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell, Texas. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. with service on Monday, October 21, at 1 p.m. with interment at the Birch Cemetery immediately following. Rev. Rudy Junek will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Michael Powell, Joshua Powell, Jimmy Junek, Rick Houdek, Dennis Havemann, Rex Vickers and Ty Rampy. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Thomas Jr. and Buster Dempsey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the charity of you choice.