Funeral services for Robert (Bob) Winfield Gaut, 89, will be at 2 P.M., Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Bruton Parish. Internment will immediately follow in the churchyard. He peacefully passed away Tuesday, December 16, at Greenfield of Williamsburg.
Born in Denver, Colorado on July 6th, 1925, Bob was the only child of James Ira and Lucille Tharp Gaut. A member of the Greatest Generation, he grew up during the Great Depression and graduated from West Denver High School in 1942. With World War II going on, he enlisted in the Navy before even turning 18. He served honorably in the South Pacific theater as a Seaman First Class. When the war ended, Bob attended Colorado College where he met the love of his life and wife of 66 years, Charlotte Tibbetts Gaut. They were married in June of 1948 in Brush, Colorado. Bob graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration and joined the Motors Insurance Corporation of General Motors as a claims adjuster in Denver. His job took him and his family from Colorado, to Wyoming, Kansas, Virginia, New Jersey and ultimately to the national headquarters in Michigan. Through his talent and dedication, he lived the American dream, rising through the ranks to become the regional manager of the entire United States. He retired to Williamsburg after a successful career of 39 years.
Bob was a devoted father to his four children: Mary, Barbara, Jim and Ray. He spent his free time as coach, scoutmaster or number one fan of all their pursuits. By example, he instilled in them the importance of character, and his unwavering dedication to God, family and country. Bob was a loving grandfather to Charlotte, David and Katherine. They enjoyed his humor and kindness. He found immense joy from their presence. His greatest pride in life came from every accomplishment of his children and grandchildren.
Bob was a dedicated student of American History. He was able to share his keen interest with others as a volunteer at Historic Jamestown. His exceptional service was recognized by the National Park Service as Volunteer of the Year at the park. He also served the Williamsburg community as a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club.
Bob leaves his wife, Charlotte Gaut, his daughter, Mary Moxley (Jim) of Manassas, VA, his daughter Barbara Gaut of Williamsburg, VA, his son, James R. Gaut, (Laurie) of Germantown, TN, and his son Ray R. Gaut of Arlington, VA. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren, Charlotte Gage (Derek), David Moxley and Katherine Gaut.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bruton Parish.