Rufus Gatton
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Rufus “Bob” Gatton, 94, of Paducah, died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at his residence.

Mr. Gatton was a member of Heartland Worship Center of Paducah, worked as a commodity broker for A.G. Edwards and retired as a self-employed commodity broker.

Mr. Gatton was a U.S. Air Force World War II veteran. He enlisted Dec. 15, 1942. After training he became a B-17 pilot in the 8th Air Force 398th Bomb Group stationed in Nuthampstead, England in August 1944.

He flew 13 combat missions over France and Germany and flew his final mission of the war to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia on April 25, 1945. Bob was also a member of the VFW and 398th Bomber Group.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hammonds Gatton; one daughter, Judith A. Hall and husband James of Troy, Ohio; one son, Roger D. Gatton and wife Linda of Wichita, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Kim Hall and husband Kenney of Paducah and Sheila McNichols and husband Kevin of Metropolis; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marjorie Trexler of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mason P. and Bessie Rogers Gatton; one brother, Orville Gatton; and one sister, Wauneta Gatton.

A graveside service was held Thursday at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor Marc Glass officiating.

Memorials may be made to Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100.

Lone Oak Chapel of Milner and Orr Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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