Raymond F. Gaston was born on December 19, 1963 to Napoleon Gaston and Joyce (Williams) Gaston in Michigan City Indiana. He was nicked named “Boo” by his Nanna whom he adored very much.
On the eve of February 5, 2021, he succumbed to injuries he sustained during a tragic accident. Preceding him in death are as follows: Remel Williams (nanna), grandfather, Elmore Williams, grandmother, Rachel Gooch, niece, Ronesha Gaston Tolbert, grandfather, Napoleon Gaston Sr., aunts, Brenda Gooch, Lillian Turner Lewis, and Rita Catchings.
A wake will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 3 to 7pm, at Mt. Zion M.B.Church 123 Helen St. Michigan City, Indiana.
Home going services will be Friday, February 12, 2021 at Mt. Zion M.B.C. at 12 noon, with viewing at 11am until time of service at the Church. Pastor Ron Gaston to do eulogy. Burial to follow at Swan Lake.
Boo graduated from Michigan City Elston High School and from there he attended Indiana University to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. He served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy with a ranking of an E4 Boatsman Mate. He was assigned to the USS Enterprise (CVN 65). He did a West Pak tour traveling to many different countries. His character of service afforded him an Honorable Discharge, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star. Boo was a welder for 14 years at Palitier and then he became a Production Worker at Monosol of LaPorte for 10 years.
Boo moved back to Michigan City in 1992 to be surrounded with the love of his family. He then had the pleasure of meeting and the love of his life Vera N. (Starks) Gaston whose union was destined to be joined together on February 13, 1999. She then became the bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh. Boo enjoyed spending time with his wife, sons, parents, granddaughter, siblings and his entire family. Boo went out of his way to maintain personal connections by reaching out to people through visits, phone calls, and text messages. Boo loved for everyone to enjoy his bar-b-que and anything else that he cooked. He also loved traveling, going out to eat, and making people laugh. He had a very passionate relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Boo and Marty Anderson would schedule breakfast every 4 days that he was off and they played Back Gammon for hours. Boo would also spend a lot of time together with Randy Bond talking about cars, and sports, as well as Dwayne Starks who started out being his best friend and ended up being his nephew. He would converse for hours to his starting 5 about the game stats and Tom Brady better known as TB12. Boo was an "AVID SPORTS FAN", of various sports. Boo loved visiting family near and far. He loved sampling and trying new foods. Boo had a special nephew DaVon McCray that was also his godson. His love for Criminal Justice education never faded even after he left Indiana University where he was known as “IU Boo and Black Moses”. Boo was a member of the Temple Worship Center where he finally found his home as the Armor Bearer for his beloved brother Pastor Ron Gaston. He was a member of the Teamster Union 135 of Milwaukee for over 30+ years. His favorite hobbies were riding his motorcycle “Red” and playing softball with his crew. He took great pride in doing projects inside and outside of the home. He always looked forward to going to California to see his sons Ray, Ryan, Ron Cook an old Navy buddy that he kept in close contact with. He always showed support in any endeavors that his nieces and nephews were involved in.
His wonderful life will be sorely missed by his loving wife Vera N. Gaston of Michigan City IN; sons, Raymond Gaston Jr, San Leandro, CA; Travis L. Willis of Memphis, TN; Ryan Allen (Charmain DeLeon) Gaston of San Leandro, CA; Tristan Omar Gaston of Terre Haute, IN; parents, Mr. Napoleon and Mrs. Joyce Gaston both of Michigan City, IN; siblings, Pastor Ronald D. Gaston, of Laporte, IN; Rechelle (David) McCray all of Michigan City, IN; Victoria Gaston, Hank (Anna Chach) Garner, Tenny (Nathan) Zahn all of Kansas City, MO; Daniel McKinney of Granger, IN; granddaughter, Shelby M. Willis of Dallas TX; special friends, Paige Harris of Michigan City, IN; Dewayne Starks and Joseph Mattingly of lndianapolis, IN; Marty Anderson of Michigan City, IN; Kingsley Ellis of San Antonio TX; Randy Bond, Annette Dabney both of Michigan City, IN; Ron Cook of California, and Kevin Hall of South Bend IN; god son, DaVon McCray, god daughters, Markeda Butler and Najma Abuied and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Boo was definitely friendly with everyone that he came in contact with. He was a leader, strong, assertive, protector, provider, and a priest. If you ever wanted to know how he felt about anything you did not have to ask because he had no problem telling you how he felt.
Boo will be sorely missed by all that knew him. He was everybody’s “Uncle Boo”, and a exemplary demonstrator of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in the earth as a son, husband, father, and sibling, and to those he came in contact with.
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