John E. “Jack” Gazzolo, of Gillette died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at Wyoming Medical Center due to respiratory complications from COVID-19.

Jack was born March 26, 1937, at St. Ann’s Cradle Home in St. Louis, Missouri and was adopted by Louis F. and Gladys I. Gazzolo.

He received schooling in St. Louis county schools and graduated from high school before enlisting in the Air Force in 1954.

Mr. Gazzolo served with the 92d A&E Maintenance Squadron during the Korean War.

He married Ann (Tommie) Adams in 1656. They had three children and later divorced.

He married Carolee Chaney in 1970, and to that union a daughter was born. Carolee died in 1988.

They moved to Wyoming in 1978, where he worked for various contractors until 1980. At that time, he began working for Campbell County School District as the superintendent of buildings and grounds until he retired in 1996.

He then married Betty Jean Cox in 1989. They traveled extensively in their retirement and enjoyed wintering in Yuma, Arizona.

He served as past president of the AM Lions Club, past chairman of the Gillette Board of Examiners, and most recently served on the Senior Board and also was a member of the High Plains Community Church.

Jack is survived by his wife, Betty Jean; daughters, Janice Hughes and Lisa Geer; stepsons, Dick Cox and Jerry Cox; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his children, Bill and Terri; and one grandson.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

The family requests that memorials be made in Jack’s name to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716.

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