Robert M. Gabbard - NICHOLASVILLE, KY

Robert M. Gabbard, 81, of Logana Rd, died Sun, April 22, at St. Joseph Hospice Care Center. A native of Garrard County he was born July 3, 1925, to the late Charles E. and Gertrude Berry Gabbard. He was a US Navy veteran having served in seven major battles in the South Pacific and was wounded during this time. He loved gardening, horses, and traveling to historic places. Bob was a devoted family man and had been an employee of L R Cooke Chevrolet for 17 years and John Sutherland Chevrolet for 16 years. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Virginia Fay Cole Gabbard, 5 children Don Gabbard and wife Ruth, Nicholasville, Sue Smith and husband Van, Lexington, Laurel Rhodes and husband Steve, Versailles, Carol McWilliams and husband Chuck, Nicholasville, James Gabbard and wife Valerie, Nicholasville, a brother Donald Gabbard and a sister Viola Hughes both of FL, 10 grandchildren Becky Doan and husband Wesley, Regina Martin and husband Michael, Leah McWilliams, Matt Gabbard, Chase Gabbard, Nicholas Gabbard and wife Ashland, Coty Gabbard, Bradley Smith, Morgan Rhodes, and Jamie Rhodes, 2 great grandchildren Madison Martin, Kaylee Gabbard and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death in 1966 by a son Charles David Gabbard, a brother Ned Gabbard and a sister Alice Stamper. Services will be 10am Wed, April 25, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Harrison officiating, burial (with full military honors) in Camp Nelson National Cemetry. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearer will be Earl Blanton. Visitation will be on Tues, April 24, from 4-8pm at the funeral home. Sign guest book and view Tribute at

Webmaster's Notes: Robert M. Gabbard enlisted in the US Navy September 17, 1943 at Cincinnati, OH, Service # 855 95 05. He was received aboard the USS Sigsbee DD-502 January 20, 1944 at Pearl Harbor, HI from Com Des Pac. Bob was transferred February 20, 1946 to the USS mayo at Charleston, SC. Robert M. Gabbard, F1c was on Gun # 43 watch and general quarters station with me from January 20, 1944 until my transfer from USS Sigsbee August 5, 1945. Bob was a dear friend and great shipmate. We have remained in contact by phone or mail as recent as July 2005. He will be sorley missed. Our thoughts and Prayers go out for his family and friends.

Billy Roberts