Robert “Bob”Gaston Jr.

1931 - 2020


Robert “Bob” Gaston, Jr., 88, of Bettendorf, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, from 3-6 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the Bob Gaston CASI New Horizon Band Quad Cities or to Clarissa C Cook Hospice House.

Bob was born Oct. 29, 1931, to Robert and Katheryn Gaston in Atchison, Kan. He was a music teacher for 38 years before retiring in 1991.

While teaching, Bob met the love of his life, Marlene Jones. They later married May 24, 1955, in Mullen, Neb.

Bob loved every aspect of music: teaching, directing, and listening. In 1995, he founded the now CASI New Horizon Band and directed it until 2017, when they renamed it the Bob Gaston CASI New Horizon Band Quad Cities in his honor.

In addition to enjoying music Bob could be found reading books, catching up on current events, or sharing comics with family and friends. He was well known for his jokes and he always made a friend wherever he went. For holidays and birthdays Bob would write an original poem for each family member. Bob’s greatest weaknesses were Whitey’s Ice Cream and Oreo Cookies.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife: Marlene; children: Greg (Donna) Gaston and Heather (Trent) Wilkerson; granddaughters: Danielle and Rose; his dog: LouLu; and the people he touched throughout his life.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting Bob’s obituary at


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