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 Gail I. Bank

Gail I. Bank

West Virginia, USA
Death 28 Mar 2015 (aged 89)
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Burial Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 101247863 · View Source
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Gail Bank, 89, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, at University Hospital in Columbia.

A graveside service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Columbia Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Parker Funeral Service.

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Gail was born in a small coal-mining town in West Virginia. He was a United States Air Force WWII veteran who stayed stateside working as a mechanic. He was part of a test crew for the B-29s that were to be sent overseas. After serving his country, he was able to go to college on the GI Bill. He studied radio and television.

He married Ruth “Petey” Dall and they moved several times, following Gail’s radio jobs to Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. They moved to Columbia in 1954 after Gail was recruited by MU’s Agricultural Extension Program to produce and host a weekly television program known as “RFD.” This program informed Missourians of agricultural techniques as well as the economics of farm and home. It ran for 12 years.

Gail completed his master’s degree at the University of Missouri and began working toward a doctorate from the University of Chicago, which he earned in 1970. In 1963 Gail began working for The University Medical Center where he created a new program of continuing education for practicing physicians. In 1977 Gail and Petey relocated to Detroit, where Gail created the Continuing Medical Education Department at Wayne State University.

The Banks returned to Columbia for their retirement and formed their place in serving others. They were both very involved in Meals on Wheels. Gail became very active in the Golden K Kiwanis Club, where he was known for making balloon animals for the children at the Annual Pancake Breakfast. He also shared his balloon talents with the patients of the children’s wing at the medical center. He was Chair of the Annual “Helping Little Hearts” golf tournament for many years. He was very active in the congregation at Beth Shalom here in Columbia. Gail loved the outdoors and would never turn down the opportunity to golf or go camping.

Gail and Petey spent 61 years side by side. They lived their lives to the fullest, and they shared their love for life and each other with all their family, friends and the community.

Gail is survived by his son, David (Barbara) Bank; daughter, Deni Bank; grandchildren, Alex and Hallen Korn, Brandon (Michelle) Willis, Katy and Krista Hoffmaster; and two great-grandchildren, Audra and Emma Willis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Congregation Beth Shalom, Habitat for Humanity or Meals on Wheels.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 101247863
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gail I. Bank (8 Aug 1925–28 Mar 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101247863, citing Columbia Cemetery, Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Ron Craig (contributor 47631847) .