Richard "Rick"'s Story
Richard Rick Gaskins, 82, of Mankato, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Hillcrest Health Care Center following a short illness.
A visitation will be held from 4-6pm, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Mankato Mortuary. Private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) or to a charity of the donors choice. Please share a memory of Rick with his family and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.mankatomortuary.com.
Rick was born on November 18, 1934 in Texas to Miller and Laura (Ruff) Gaskins. He grew up and graduated high school in Santa Rosa, California and later earned his BBA at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis.
Following high school, Rick enlisted in the U.S. Navy. For the next twenty years, he was stationed all over the world, serving during both Korea and Vietnam before retiring in 1971. He was very proud of his career in the military. On October 23, 1966, he married Mary Strawn in Vinton, Iowa. After his retirement from military service, they relocated to Mankato where he was employed in insurance claims by Farm Bureau Insurance and later Western National Insurance.
Rick enjoyed golfing, reading, going to lunch with his pals, and having good times at the lake.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary of Mankato; daughter, Janet Gaskins of Shakopee; sons, Steven Gaskins of Shakopee and Jim Gaskins of Coon Rapids; granddaughter, Annika and her mother, Geeta Nandalall of Coon Rapids; sister-in-law, Phyllis McCann of California; sister-in-law, Melinda (Jerry) McCarty of Hackensack; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers and their spouses, Dennis (Estelle) Gaskins, Donald Gaskins, Ray McCann, David McCann, and John (Lorna) McCann; mother and father-in-law, John and Olive Strawn; and brother-in-law, Tom Strawn.
Published on September 18, 2017