Peter, "Pete," A. Gaspers, Jr., 81, passed away on October 18, 2017, at The Villages Hospice House in The Villages, Florida. His death resulted from Parkinson's related complications following hip surgery and pneumonia. Pete was born in Chicago, Ill., to parents Peter A. Gaspers and Mary C. Parmele, the first of four children, he attended schools in Chicago, Rushville, Nebraska, and high school in Irrigon, Oregon. He went on to graduate from Oregon State University in 1959 with a degree in physics and also did post-graduate work at Stanford. After two years in the army stationed at White Sands, New Mexico, he joined NASA Ames Research and worked there until he retired in 1994.
Pete enjoyed hiking, tennis, running, gardening, and world traveling. Upon retiring from Ames he moved to Reno, Nevada. Through his participation in Sierra Club activities he met and married Marsha J. Rouse in 2005. They resided in Reno and The Villages, Florida. Pete is survived by his wife, Marsha, stepdaughters Jennifer and Wendy and their children Anna Rose, Claire, and Jolie and siblings, Meg, Michael, and Joe.