Verbyl Jack Gausnell, 66, of Olmito, died Monday, Feb. 12, a month after moving to the Rio Grande Valley from Overland Park, Kansas.
Gausnell grew up at Quail and taught there when it was a common school district and as an original member of the consolidated school faculty.
He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mike Gausnell, and the son-in-law of Mrs. Mabel Graham of Thomas Nursing Center and brother-in-law of Grover Graham of Dodson.
He moved to Kansas City, where he was a federal meat inspector until he entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 as an Ensign. Gausnell participated in a number of invasions, in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, including that of Iwo Jima.
He was married to Johnnye Graham in April, 1939.
After the war, Gausnell returned to the Kansas City area and lived there until he retired. He was a graduate of Wellington High School, West Texas State University and of Kansas City School of Law. Although licensed to practice law in both Kansas and Missouri, he devoted most of this time to his real estate business.
He was past president of Johnson County, Kansas, board of realtors. He was a member of the Indian Hills Country Club, Prairie Villiage, Kansas.
He is survived by his wife, Johnnye, of Olmito; two daughters: Miss Vicki Gausnell of Overland Park, Kansas, and Mrs. Cathy DiTirro of Prairie Village, Kansas; one son, Jack Gausnell of Los Angeles, CA, and 7 grandchildren.