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James Louis Gasaway, 91, of Norman passed away January 18, 2018. He was born November 7, 1926 in Grandfield, Oklahoma to Louis Sherman and Mary Belle (Owens) Gasaway.
James has been a life-long resident of Oklahoma and has lived in Norman since 1967. He married Margie Elaine (Campbell) Gasaway on January 3, 1955 and they were together til she passed away in October of 1992. He later married Mattie Lou "Billie" Hurst on May 24, 1994.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ralph W Gasaway and his sister, Marie Connelly.
He is survived by his children and spouses, Randy and Tammy Gasaway of Bethany, Oklahoma and Keith and Jill Gasaway of Norman, Oklahoma, step-children, Ron and Betty Hurst and Kay Hurst of Oklahoma City, grandchildren and spouses, Kathie and Dusty Darr, Kris and Linsay Gasaway, Kyle and Mave Gasaway, Kerry and Preston Hartman, Amy Gasaway, Eric and Jenna Robles, Shalana and Matt Carson, Chris and Mandi Campbell of Norman and Jason Hurst of Norman.
Jim graduated High School in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Immediately after High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy and entered active service in November of 1944. He was trained in sonar operations but due to the changing nature of the war effort, served on the USS Boxer in the pacific theater. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in July of 1946. Jim subsequently served in the US Army and Army National Guard until January of 1950. An accomplished saxophone player, he served in the US Army band and played in several jazz ensembles.
He attended and graduated from East Central University in Ada. Jim then began a career in insurance adjusting that spanned over 40 years. The majority of this time was spent with the General Adjustment Bureau (GAB) as a claims manager. After he retired, he continued to do claims adjustment on a contract basis. He is a member of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose.
Jim was a Christian, and a life-long member of the Baptist Church. He is currently a member of the Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Norman.
Jim was a kind and gentle spirit, and was very much involved with his children and grandchildren, his influence being deep and lasting. He was deeply loved and will be fondly remembered.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Primrose Funeral Service with Pastor Mark Barnes officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.
Published on January 23, 2018
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