Robert Dee "Gabe" Gabriel
Lt. Col. Robert Dee "Gabe" Gabriel, 56, Logan, passed
away Wednesday, March 29 at Kobacker Hospice, Columbus, after a brief
Born Oct. 26, 1943, Logan, son of the late Joe Montgomery and Bertha
Ellen Schubert Gabriel, he was the husband of Roseanne Hansley Gabriel
for 32 years, and the father of three.
He was the sales representative for Logan Clay
Products for the last 10 years. He served six years as a Falls Township
Trustee and was the owner of the "Colonel's Quarters" vacation cabins.
Additionally, he actively served in a variety of civic, veteran and
He was a 1962 graduate of Logan High School and
received a bachelor's degree from Capital University in 1986. He retired
as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1998. He was a
proud Vietnam veteran with more than 26 years on flight status as a
distinguished U.S. Army Master Aviator. His military decorations
include: The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal with 20 Clusters
and "V" device, The Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation
Medal, The Army Achievement Medal, The Army Good Conduct Medal, The Army
Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three oak clusters, The Armed
Forces Reserve Medal with two hour glass devices, The National Defense
Medal with bronze star, The Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars,
The Humanitarian Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign
His decorated military service spanned four decades
and included assignments as an Army helicopter pilot in the First Air
Cavalry Division, Republic of South Vietnam; instructor pilot and
tactical officer, Warrant Officer Flight School, Fort Wolters, Texas;
Aerial Weapons Team Leader and Commander, Ohio Army National Guard;
Liaison Officer, United States Military Academy, West Point; Operations
Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Plans, The Pentagon,
He remained an active voice and organizer for
veterans and veteran functions in Hocking County as a member of the
Lawrence Neil Helber American Legion Post 78, and Vietnam Helicopter
Pilots Association. Along with the entire Gabriel family he performed in
the Hocking Valley Variety shows throughout the late 1960s and into the
He was a member of the Logan Jaycees, past President
and member of the Logan Rotary Club, served on the Tri-County Action
Campaign Sharing the Harvest Committee, was active in the Clearing House
Assistance Program (CHAP) and a member of the Hocking County Historical
He was the voice of the LHS Marching Chieftains from
1989 to 1997, was involved in the LHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee
and was a member of the Hocking County Tourism Association. He was a
50-year member of the Immanuel United Methodist Church where he was
active in the church choir. He was former Hocking County Special Deputy
Sheriff and NRA certified instructor.
Retired Lt. Col. Gabriel is survived by his wife,
Roseanne (Hansley) Gabriel; two sons, Capt. Joseph (Nicole) Gabriel of
Pickerington; and Staff Sgt. Ryan (Stacy) Gabriel of Logan; a daughter,
Alison Elizabeth Gabriel of Ohio State University, Columbus; a
granddaughter, Madison Elizabeth Gabriel of Logan; two brothers, Joel S.
Gabriel of Gahanna and Kris L. (Gloria) Gabriel of Logan; a
mother-in-law, Ruth Hansley of Logan; two sisters-in-law, Sue (Todd)
Hinerman and Kathy (Thomas) Gerken, both of Logan; a brother-in-law,
John (Chris) Hansley of O'Fallon, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert is preceded in death by a brother, Michael M.
Gabriel, who died in 1993; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann (Kennedy) Gabriel;
a father-in-law, Robert Hansley; and a brother-in-law, John Stallsmith.
Per Mr. Gabriel's request his body has been cremated
and a memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel United
Methodist Church with the Revs. Gary K. Wheeler and Dave Harris
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday at Roberts Funeral Home.
The family suggests contribution be made to the
charity of one's choice or to the Logan High School Scholarship Fund
established in Robert Dee Gabriel's Memory, c/o Citizens Bank, 188 West
Main St., Logan, Ohio 43138.