Wendell Gail Dexter, known to all his family and friends as Gail, passed away on December 14, 2019 in Loveland, Colorado. He was born on May 18, 1953 to Jim & Aline (Geise) Dexter in Benkelman, NE. He grew up in Haigler, NE. He caused many headaches for his parents and siblings growing up from some of the stories he has told. He attended school in Haigler, in a school that was from kindergarten to 12th grade. Once he was old enough, he helped out his dad at the gas station in Haigler, which his dad owned. He also helped work during the summer moving irrigation systems for the farmers there in Haigler. He loved playing sports growing up, especially baseball.
The “Big City” was calling to Gail so he moved to Colorado in 1971 after he had graduated from high school. He worked for his brother Phil at the gas station that Phil owned. Here is where he meet and fell in love with his wife Eileen (Rolston) Dexter. They married in January 1973 and were married for 46 years. In February 1973 their first child was born, a daughter Stephanie Marie (Dexter) Jones. Two years later their second child was born in July 1975, a son Stephen Bradley Dexter. Gail spent many years working two jobs to help support his family. Gail spent most of his daily life working at Avis for 42 years doing various jobs. He dabbled as a volunteer firefighter, which he loved and as a mechanic as well in his spare time for many years. Gail and Eileen lived in Aurora, CO till 1998 when they moved to Brighton, CO along with his mother in-law LaDonna (Stackepole) Rolston or as he would say “his second wife” where he lived till his death.
Gail enjoyed spending time watching his granddaughters, Krista and Amanda Jones, from Durango when they were younger playing soccer at many places in Colorado and Arizona. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren from California, Jack, Anthony and Cora Dexter. He loved hearing stories about how the boys were doing in their sports there in California and Cora in her ballet and other activities.
Gail is proceeded in death by both of his parents Jim and Aline Dexter, brother Phil Dexter, sister in law Carol Dexter, sisters Barbra (Dexter) Platon and Joyce (Dexter) Guerrero, and his father in law Eugene Rolston. He is survived by his wife Eileen Dexter, daughter Stephanie Jones and husband Eric Jones of Durango, CO, son Stephen Dexter and his wife Christiana of Newbury Park, CA, his sister Gwen Hermansen and her husband Wayne of Chico, CA, his brother in law Keith Rolston and his wife Dee Dee of Sparks, NV, his sister in law Gail Lynn Rowan and her husband Peter of Drake, CO and his 5 grandchildren Krista and Amanda Jones of Durango and Jack, Anthony and Cora Dexter of Newbury Park, Ca. Nieces and nephews (Allan & Shelly Hermansen, Susan Hermansen, Sandy & Cindy, Joe, & Cassie Guerrero, Benji & Dawn Platon, Chris & Dan Rowan, Joshua Dipaolo, Jorjianna Esgro, Jezariah Dipaolo, Dominque and Anthony Ward and Arnica & Alexander MacCarthy), and many extended family members. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 am, at Zion Congregational Church, at 401 S. 27th Ave., in Brighton, CO. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice in his name, and also sign up to be an organ donor.
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