OBITUARY

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer II Gary Michael Baasch

December 2, 1944August 30, 2020

Born December 2, 1944. Blew Saint Peter’s mind on August 30th of 2020. Waiting for him at the pearly gate was his mother Maxine K. Baasch (Johnson) and his father August H. Baasch, leaving behind brothers Dennis Baasch of Cairo, NE and Gene Baasch of Grand Island, NE, wife Margaret Baasch (Galvin), children; Joseph, Kevin and Thomas Baasch and Kathryn Bowen, as well as 7 grandchildren who would light up his face every time he saw them.

Gary proudly joined the Army in 1964, serving the next 21 years in army intelligence, serving 1 tour in Vietnam and 1 tour in Thailand, retiring a highly decorated officer including the Bronze Star. As an Army instructor in 1974, he met the love of his life, Margaret (Peggy) Galvin; in an unheard of 8 weeks, they were married and would spend the rest of their lives together until he’d had enough of her, a mere 46 years later. Bringing their 4 children on as many nerve rattling, marriage testing, book on tape, “Mom, Kevin’s gonna barf again!” road trips all over this beautiful country (that he loved so much) as possible, he made it through almost every state.

For Gary there was nothing better than the 4th of July with steak, potatoes and corn on the grill, and he proudly flew the American and Husker flag in the front yard for as long as he was able to, even after Scott Frost. He loved his country and was a proud patriot. Also, a diehard Bronco’s fan, he never missed a game. If you didn’t know Gary, you didn’t like him, he was not the most approachable of men, but once you did, he took care of you like you were one of his own. Further stretching the family finances was his obsession with golf and bowling, even in his last years he was running a golf tournament at Redhawk Ridge before his Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD) diagnosis was made. FTD is an often misdiagnosed and debilitating disease that no one should ever have to suffer through; essentially being trapped in your own mind while slowly losing motor skills. Our family would like to spread the word about FTD, the disease that finally let him rest eternally; in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Gary Baasch to theaftd.org. One last time, “Joe, Cassie, Kevin, Tom; damnit, you know who I’m talking to!”.

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