Mankato Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Lt. Col. Robert J. Gaffer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 14:56

It is with great regret that I write to inform you of the passing of Lt Col Robert Gaffer of Mankato Composite Squadron.  Lt Col Gaffer passed away at his home Tuesday morning from a heart attack at the age of 79.  A veteran of the United States Navy and a member of Civil Air Patrol since 1991, his active participation has long been a corner-stone of our squadron.  Lt Col Gaffer served in nearly every position in the unit at one time or another and spent many years as the Deputy Commander for Cadets.  

There are many former cadets who will remember his dedicated service to the Cadet Program.  Lt Col Gaffer always made himself available in whatever capacity necessary so that cadets could participate in activities like SAREXs and Wing Conference.  He would chaperon activities, lead ground teams, or just drive the van if that was what the cadets needed.  He provided supervision to PT testing on Saturdays and would organize achievement testing opportunities whenever a cadet was interested.  Lt Col Gaffer's support enabled cadets to learn and grow, and many of those cadets have gone on to leadership positions in Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force.
Visitation is Friday, February 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and Chapel, 1605 Woodland Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001.
Funeral is Saturday, February 5, at 10:30 am, at St. John the Baptist Church, 632 South Broad Street, Mankato, MN  56001
Cards can be sent to Rita and family at 19997 State Hwy 22, Mankato, MN  56001
Memorial has been designated for CAP, Mankato Composite Squadron

JoEllen Peters, Major, CAP
Mankato Composite Squadron
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 February 2012 15:17 )

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