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Obituary for Charles Theodore Gash
At age 90, Charles Gash has passed away. A Vacaville resident for more than sixty years, he was a beloved 8th grade math and science teacher for more than thirty years principally at Jespon and Monte Vista schools. Born in Exeter, Calif. and reared in Flat River, Mo., he returned to California and graduated from Calexico Union High School in 1938. He played center on the Imperial Valley College football team winning two consecutive state championships in 1939 and 1940, and he played on the 1948 Cal Rose Bowl team. After a football injury, he played the sousaphone in the California Marching Band. During WWII he served in the US Army Air Force as a radio-navigator in C-47s, C-46s and C-54s. In the summer of 1952 he started fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park and continued fishing there for more than thirty years.
Gladys K Shearer married him when he was 72, they toured and fly fished New Zealand for several years. She predeceased him, and he is survived by three step-daughters, Anne Uribe of Esparto, Janice Castro of Vacaville and Cynnie Thomas of Shingle Springs, and a niece, Cynthia Ramthun of Denver and a nephew, Philip Gash of Chico.
A memorial service with Chaplain Keith Knauf officiating will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at McCune Garden Chapel.