Gilbert 'Gib' Hassler

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gilbert "Gib" Hassler, 83, Brazil, passed away April 12, 2012, following a long neurological illness, Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA).

Gib was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Reelsville, Ind., the son of Glenn and Pearl (Schroer) Hassler.

Gib graduated from Reelsville High School with the class of 1946.

During high school, he was a part of the basketball team that was later inducted into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

After high school, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in math and science from Eastern Illinois State University.

He subsequently obtained his master's degree in education from Indiana State University.

Gib served in the United States Army as a Sergeant. He served in the Korean War as a G-2 Counter Intelligence Research Analyst at 8th Army Headquarters.

Gib and Betty (Renner) Hassler married June 4, 1954, at the Berean Gospel Temple in Indianapolis.

Gib started his career in education at Reelsville School, where he eventually served as principal.

He then taught in the Terre Haute and Vigo County school systems, first at Woodrow Wilson Junior High, then at McLean Junior High where he served as chairman of the math department. He retired from Chauncey Rose Junior High.

Following his retirement, he served for several years as an adjunct professor in math at Indiana State University.

He was also a representative of the Franklin Life Insurance Company.

Gib was a long-time member of the Berea Christian Church in Brazil, where he served as both deacon and elder. He was also a member of the Brazil Rotary Club.

Gib enjoyed spending his winters with his family at Cape Coral, Fla.

Gib was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Geneva O'Connor and Louise Gray, brother Don Hassler, and mother-in-law Mabel Renner.

He is survived by his wife Betty (Renner) Hassler, Brazil, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Sally Hassler, Brazil, grandson Trevor Hassler and wife Samantha, Brazil, and granddaughter Trace Hassler, Terre Haute, brothers Harold Hassler and wife Betty, Richard Hassler and wife Maxie, and Julian Hassler and wife Sue, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2012, at Lawson-Miller Chapel with Pastor Tom Hess officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 15, 2012, from 4-7 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SDF-MSA Support Group, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway Raleigh, N.C., 27617.

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