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Robert Donald Gaskins Obituary

Newton Falls, Ohio - December 5, 2018

NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) - Robert Donald Gaskins (“Bobby” down south; “Bob” up north), of Newton Falls, Ohio, died peacefully, surrounded by love, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. He was 77 years old.

Bob is survived by his brother, Gerald Mixon of Cordsville, South Carolina and sister, Joyce Gaskins of South Carolina; his wife, Norma Gaskins of Newton Falls, Ohio; his four boys, Ronnie Gaskins of Austintown, Ohio, Bobby Gaskins of Newton Falls, Ohio, Rodney Gaskins of Newton Falls, Ohio and Roger Gaskins of Columbiana, Ohio and his eight grandchildren, Levi, Alec, Lasy, Torrance, Paige, Aaron, Luvrian and Layla.

He is preceded in death by his brothers, Johnny and Carol Gaskins of South Carolina and his parents, Sidney Gaskins and Ernestine Murphy of Huger, South Carolina.

Bob was born on October 16, 1941, in Berkeley County, South Carolina.  

He was a country boy through and through; seeing clearly the nature of the world in the woods and on the back of a horse, finding the trails less traveled beyond the pin oaks and babbling creeks and among the broken limbs and weathered stone, he listened to the appy and to the buckskin and the friend and to their whispers–we are more than the sum of our parts.   

As a boy he cared for Star, his first horse, a young colt he rode bareback with a bridle ordered out of a Roy Rogers comic book. He loved Star and the Lone Ranger and “grew up a-dreamin’ of bein’ a cowboy.” True to the song, Bob was one step in back of his dreams and as a teen moved to Ohio in search of a better life and found work as a drywaller. There he discovered his two constant loves; his wife, Norma (whom he would build a marriage of 48 years) and pickin’ old country Merle Haggard music.  He found a kindred free spirit in Norma and in the Bakersfield country music. Bob was a maverick even as dementia's stranglehold tightened–he resisted. This independent spirit, this is Dad in us; this is his legacy. He was a self-made man in business and in life earning a living primarily as the CEO of Gaskins Drywall (Incorporated of America) but also as a horse trader, farmer, entrepreneur and inventor (namely of the “Sky Screw”).  

He taught his four boys the trade of drywall hanging and finishing as well as life skills like how to ride horses, play guitar, work hard, laugh harder and live life passionately.

Bob passed away peacefully after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He will be remembered as a cowboy, a musician, songwriter and lover of nature and animals.

Arrangements handled by Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat, Inc. To leave condolences for the family go to www.cremateohio.com.