Clair William Gassoway Sr., of Brazil, formerly of Hagar Shores, Mich., died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Union Hospital from complications following a heart attack.
Born June 1, 1923, in Michigan City, Ind., he was the son of Elmer and Olive Brown Gassoway.
He graduated from Elston High School and served in the Army during World War II.
Returning home, he served as an apprentice at the Trusket Boat Yard and later was an independent contractor in Benton Harbor, Mich.
In 1956, he became the owner of Highway Market in Hagar Shores. He sold the business to his son in 1987 and retired to enjoy golf and fishing.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed John Wayne western movies, Pacer basketball and football.
He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children and first wife, Anne Damon Gassoway, in 1994; and a son, Donald Alan Gassoway, in 2003.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Hofmann Gassoway, whom he married June 8, 1996; his son, Clair William Gassoway Jr. and wife, Mary Jean; two grandchidlren, Paul Gassoway and wife, Liz, Sara McMillian and husband, John; four great-grandchildren, Teresa, Charlotte, Nicolas and Gregory Gassoway; a brother, Virgil Gassoway, and wife, Ida, of Summerfield, Fla.; a sister, Roberta Morthland, and husband, Bill, of Brazil; stepchildren Linda and Jim Minnick of Knightsville and John T. Green and wife, Sharon, of Marshall, Ill.; nieces, nephews and other extended family.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.
At his request, cremation will take place.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Forest Park Golf Course Fund. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.