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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • William Gastrock Obituary

  • William H. "Doc" Gastrock, 75, of Helena-West Helena, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at his home.
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  • William H. "Doc" Gastrock, 75, of Helena-West Helena, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at his home.  Mr. Gastrock was born Feb. 13, 1939 at New Orleans, La. to the late Henry Gastrock and the late Fadrey Morgan Gastrock. 
    He graduated college from LSU and received his PhD from Kansas State, Mr. Gastrock's first job was as a chemist for Cyanamid in New Jersey.  Longing to return to his Southern roots, he took a job with Cedar Chemical in Vicksburg, Miss. and was transferred to Helena in 1989.  He retired from Cedar Chemical in 2002.
    After retirement, he enjoyed gardening, making homemade salsa, traveling, cooking and spending time with his grandchildren.  William was also an avid LSU fan.
    He leaves a son, Kurt Gastrock of Fayetteville; a daughter, Anne Hale of League City, Texas; two grandchildren, Lyndsey Privett and James Hale, both of League City; and a brother, Robert Gastrock and wife, Barbara, of Columbia, Md.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Jacquelyn Ryals Gastrock.
    A memorial service for William H. "Doc" Gastrock will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
    Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, Helena-West Helena, will direct Service. 
    Friends and relatives may sign the online guest book at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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