Leon Haskell - February 01, 2009
Gerald Leon Haskell died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Wray, after a four-year battle with cancer.
Leon was born April 30, 1931, the second child to Gerald “Jerry” Haskell and Lola May (Mann) Haskell at Wray.
For most of the first 12 years of his life, the family lived in the Beecher Island area, where he went to school for his early education. The family then moved to the Wray area where he grew into manhood.
In 1951, he married Betty Critchfield. To this union three children were born: Karen Jean, Sharon Ann and Randall Leon.
Leon tried farming back in the 1950s, then worked building phone lines from Kansas to Texas. He was a lineman for Highline Electric in Holyoke from 1961-1972.
He married Dolores Gaskill on Jan. 22, 1972, lived in Holyoke and operated Haskell Fertilizer Sales & Service for 25 years. Leon and Dodie moved to the Haskell home place just outside of Wray in 1998. He continued to sell fertilizer, Conklin and specialty products up until just a few months ago.
Preceding him in death are his parents, two brothers Ben and Vance, one sister Clara, brother-in-law Elmer Herrick and nephew Kevin Herrick.
Remembering him with special love are his wife Dolores; children Karen Mick and husband David of Brush, Sharon Peckham and husband Randy of Spring Creek, Nev. and Randy Haskell and wife Susan of Holyoke; step-children Ken Gaskill and wife Karol of Amherst and Cathy (Gaskill) Heltenberg and husband Bill of Elm Mott, Texas; brother Stan Haskell of Wray; sisters Alta Dashofsky of Wray and Eileen Herrick of Sterling.
Leon has 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, many other children who called him “grandpa” and many other relatives and friends.
Rosary Services were held at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Feb. 4. Funeral mass was held in Holyoke at St. Patrick Catholic Church Feb. 5, with Father Jonathan Dellinger officiating. Interment was in Holyoke Memorial Park.
?Memorials can be made to Hospice of the Plains. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.