Maurice Gaston, Jr. December 12, 1941 ~ October 28, 2018 (age 76)


Maurice Gaston, age 76, of Cave-in-Rock, IL., passed away at 3:46 AM, Sunday October 28, 2018 in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born December 12, 1941 in Harrisburg to the late Maurice Gaston, Sr. and Aline (Lind) Gaston. In September of 1997 he married Deborah Borum and she survives. He was a retired coal miner and a Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War serving from 1965 to 1968. Maurice was a member of the UMWA and enjoyed fishing and being on the river. He also enjoyed his retirement spending time gardening, doing yard work and collecting records.

     In addition to his wife Deborah, Maurice is survived by his 4 sons: Chad Gaston of St. Louis, MO; Aaron (Sarah) Gaston of St. Louis, MO; Matthew (Nathyn) Hardy of Anaheim, CA; and Nicholas (Elizabeth) Hardy of Oaktown, IN. 5 grandchildren: Arlo Gaston of St. Louis, MO; Cejay Hardy of Princeton, IN; Destin Hardy of Oaktown, IN; Ayla Alchin of Oaktown, IN; and Declan Alchin of Oaktown, IN.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and an aunt and uncle: Wayne and Helen Lind.

     Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM Friday, November 2, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery with military rite by the VFW, Harrisburg American Legion and the Marine Honor Guard. Visitation will be 5-8 PM Thursday November 1, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions  may be made to the Humane Society of Southern Illinois in Murphysboro. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be made at