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Jack Gast

Jack Charles Gast, 80, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, at the Harrodsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Sept. 22, 1943, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he was the son of the late Carol and Laverne Hitz Gast.

He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha, was a U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran of Vietnam and worked at the Continental Can Company in Omaha, Neb.

Survivors include: two daughters, Lisa (Tom) Whitcomb of Omaha, Neb. and Cari (John) VanMessel of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and his companion, Rita Baker.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Bro. Lynn Releford officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will be held at the Omaha National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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