Gayle Gordon Robertson, 83, passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.
He was born on January 30, 1929 in Sumner, Neb., the son of Carl Christopher and Mabel Irene (Edwards) Robertson. Gayle graduated from Gering High School in Gering, Neb., in 1947.
Gayle had a love of music and was an accomplished clarinetist. He attended one year of college in Chicago before returning to Gering, where he met and married the love of his life, Jane Kasza. He and Jane were married for 62 years. They moved to Douglas, Wyo., to manage the hospital in Douglas and in 1959 relocated to Kemmerer where Gayle became the supervisor over the construction of a twenty-bed hospital, completed in 1963. He became the administrator of Lincoln County Hospital and retired from the hospital in 1982.
Gayle was also a fifty-year member of the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star. Throughout the years, his service to the community was unsurpassed. Shortly after becoming the hospital administrator, he also built a clinic and recruited
doctors and nursing staff. He served as the first EMT, overseeing the purchase and maintenance of the ambulance service. After retiring in 1982 he supervised
the construction of South Lincoln Nursing Center. He started a home health care service offering delivery of oxygen and other home health products for many years.
Throughout many years in Kemmerer, Gayle also worked for various funeral directors at the local funeral home.
He gave of himself and was a man of dignity and reverence as he helped those grieving families he served. It used to be said that he saw people coming into this world, leaving it, and everything in between.
Gayle had a deep compassion for other people's needs. His sense of humor was endless as he seized every opportunity to play practical jokes on his well-deserving friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jane, of Kemmerer and children Colleen Paine of Littleton, Colo., Deanne (George) Hunt, of Jackson, Wyo., and Joelle (Fred) Britton of Rock Springs, Wyo. He is also survived by grandchildren Amy Hester, Lindsay (Cory) Burr, Jacob (Aimee) Hunter and Becki (James) Peterson; great grandchildren Kolby Hester, Lexi Rae Hester, Braydon Burr, Charley Peterson, Shane Hunter, Sage Hunter and Paiton Peterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services to celebrate his life will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Kemmerer with Reverend Walt Seeley officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to an organization of the donor's choosing. At Gayle's request, cremation has taken place under the direction of Ball Family Chapel in Kemmerer.