Harley Gaskins died July 22, 2017. He was 89.
Harley Allan Gaskins was born on Dec. 4, 1927, in Ainsworth, Neb., to Dolphus and Pearl Gaskins. He grew up on a ranch and attended school in Ainsworth. In high school, he excelled in boxing and track, qualifying for state and the Golden Glove championships. He graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1946 and enlisted in the Army shortly after.
After he was released from service, he married Bonnie Kloppel in 1949. They lived in Utah and Idaho while he farmed, mined and worked as an equipment operator. He joined the Operating Engineers Union and finished his equipment operating career in Northern California. He divorced in the early 1960s.
Mr. Gaskins then married LaRae Shupe. They lived in Moab, Utah, until his retirement. They moved to Trinidad until her death.
He married Betty Bush in August 1997. They lived in Trinidad and Salmon, Idaho, until her death in 2001. Mr. Gaskins moved back to Trinidad and reestablished his relationship with his first wife, Bonnie. He moved to Valentine, Neb., to be closer to her in 2011. After her death in 2013, he moved to Paonia to be near his son, Jerry.
Mr. Gaskins enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards (especially blackjack and poker), watching the Rockies and the Broncos, hunting, fishing and sightseeing.
He is survived by his children, Steve (Kathy) Gaskins, Connie (Lee) Hoffman and Jerry (Georgia) Gaskins; grandchildren, Chad Hoffman, Eric (Heidi) Hoffman, Karma (Todd) Davies, Tara (Dave) DeShazo, JeriLynn (Ronnie) Stevens, Aaron (Monica) Gaskins and Lindsay (Shaun) Davis; stepchildren, Wayne Shupe, Lynn (Linda) Shupe, Claudia Denton, Carrie Jean (Mark) Luddington, Laura (Mark) Claeys, Ben Bush, Duke (Teresa) Bush, Audrey (Dan) Aldous, Jodi (Heather) Yeazle and Jamie (John) Blood; sister-in-law, Judy Peck; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Orville Gaskins, Charlotte Lewis, Carroll Gaskins, Robert Gaskins, Ilda Stigile and Mike Gaskins; and stepchildren, Gary Shupe and Cherokee Anderson.
A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion in Paonia on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. At his request, please wear Denver Broncos' or Colorado Rockies' colors at the service. Interment will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion or a charity of one's choice.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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