Lewis Townsend Gasink, formerly of Mora, died in Virginia on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. He was 99 years old.
He was born in North Minneapolis to Edward James Gasink and Lulu Townsend Gasink, and had two older siblings, Ruth Gasink Boyer and John Winslow Gasink.
He graduated from North High School in Minneapolis and received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in 1942. He served in the Army Air Corps as an engineer in several different bomber programs from 1941 to 1946, leaving the service at the age of 26 at the rank of Major. His WWII service included field assignments in Australia, New Guinea, Polynesia, Great Britain and Germany. After leaving the military, he began a 35 year career in engineering and management with companies in Minnesota and Illinois. His 37 year retirement was filled with family, wonderful friends, lakeside adventures and legendary engineering projects.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, son James, brother, sister and parents.
He is survived by three children, David (Maureen), Robert (Joanne) and Susan (Brooks Bateman), six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews, 17 great nieces and nephews.
He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes for 37 years, a master mason for 74 years, a naturalist, Scout leader, first responder, story teller, inventor and Star Lake Camp Grandfather. He generously shared his extensive knowledge and love for life with everyone he encountered, especially children.
His memorial service will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Star Lake Camp in Pequot Lakes one day before his 100th birthday and subsequently interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora next to his wife and son. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Star Lake Wilderness Camp c/o Walter Lockhart, 1671 Blair Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104.
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