Samuel Phillip "Sam" Gaskins


Sam was born on December 31, 1947 in Pontiac Michigan, shortly after his parents moved to Tampa, Florida where he was raised.

He enlisted into the United States Army in September of 1965 where he was trained as a cable splicer. He did his tour in Vietnam and Okinawa. He continued that trade when he got out of the service. Sam worked in the Telecommunications industry for 40 years as a subcontractor and worked all over the world. He moved to Kirksville about 18 years ago and retired.

He made a lot of good friends in Kirksville who enjoyed stopping by everyday for coffee and beers.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, (Lorraine & Sam) and brother, David Gaskins.

He is survived by his brother, Larry and his wife Debi of Ava, Missouri, his son, Philip Gaskins and his wife and grandchildren of West Virginia, a half sister Karen Cain of Findlay OH. and many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his close friends Joe Epperson, Rick Mason and Mike Davidson.

Family will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Travis Noe Funeral Home, 1008 W. Potter Ave. Kirksville MO. with an escort by The Patriot Guard Riders to the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville MO. on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. A Military Salute will start at 11:00 AM at the cemetery.

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Signed by: TaylaC on October 5, 2023

Signed by: TaylaC on October 5, 2023

Much Love
Praying for all his family
I am so very sorry for your loss. Sam was an amazing person

Signed by: arrogers76192 on October 5, 2023

Sam was the kind of man that would give his last dollar to a friend in need. His friends and his brother were treasures to him. Not everyone gets that. I will treasure every laugh, smile, joke, and story he ever shared. I could listen to his travel stories for hours. He would say I was his hero, no Sam. You were mine. Our hearts are broken here, but you are healthy and in peace and with that I can smile. You were loved, treasured, valued, and cherished. I hope to see you on the other side just to see your smile and wink one more time...

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