Osage Beach alderman
David J. Gasper, 72, of Osage Beach, formerly of Livingston, Ill., died Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home. He was born May 5, 1939, in Highland, Ill., to David A. and Marjorie G. (Nemnich) Gasper.
He married Juanita K. Leetham on Nov. 28, 1992, in Branson.
Gasper served his country as a Specialist 4th Class in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963.
He was known locally as a member of the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen. He was serving his second term at the time of his death. Prior to that, he had served as the mayor and village president for the Village of Livingston, Ill., from 1992-2000.
Gasper was an operating engineer, retiring in 1990 from Local 520 Operating Engineers, in Granite City, Ill., where he also served as a business agent.
He owned and operated Gasperoni's Domestic & Imported Foods, in Livingston, from 1993-2000, where he was well known for his Italian sausage sandwiches, Italian beef sandwiches and muffaletta sandwiches. After selling Gasperoni’s, he and his wife moved to Camdenton, where he worked at Gerbes in the produce department and as a courtesy clerk. After moving to Osage Beach, he took care of customers in the garden center at Lowe’s, and he also continued working at Gerbes in Camdenton, where he enjoyed great success with his cooking demonstrations.
He was also involved in many organizations in Illinois and Missouri. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge 177 AF & AM in Staunton, Ill.; the Ainad Shriners, East St. Louis, Ill.; Scottish Rite, Belleville, Ill.; Zach Wheat VFW Post 624, Laurie, Mo.; Elks Lodge 2517, Osage Beach, Mo.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Gasper, of the home; a sister, Evelyn Gasper, of Alhambra, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Judy Gasper, of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; a nephew, Jimmy, and two nieces, Robin and Wendy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Gasper.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 27, 2011, from 4-8 p.m. at Lesicko Funeral Home, 271 N. 2nd St., Livingston, Ill.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home and conducted by the Staunton Masonic Lodge 177. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Livingston, Ill., with military honors provided by the Staunton Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Lake Regional Cancer Center, the Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis, or to the Osage Beach City Park.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.lesickofuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lesicko Funeral Home, Livingston, Ill.