Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Profile of a Former Officer and member of the FSAOF Family #2

Former Salvation Army officer Tom Gabrielsen was Promoted to Glory in June 2017. Tom was 78 going on 79 in November and basically died of old age. He had another stroke this past year and died in bed on the last weekend of June quietly in the very late night/early morning hours without any great trauma or fanfare, except that which awaits every forgiven child of God when meeting Jesus.

His second wife (nee' Martha Botu.--Major Botu's eldest daughter) had his body cremated. Though they were Methodists the past two decades and she had a service for him at the Methodist Cathedral in Cincinnati, Martha also decided to do an Army service in Indiana for people who knew him there and will have a final service at Oakbrook Terrace Corps on 26 August at 10AM before a final internment service at Glen Oaks Cemetery that morning. OBT Corps is only about 3 miles or so west of Glen Oaks down Roosevelt Avenue.

 Cornet Solo  "The Old Rugged Cross" Tom Gabrielsen

Tom earned a B.A. from Asbury College, his M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a M.A. from Butler University. 

His vocations have been: Minister, hospital chaplain, Salvation Army officer, theology teacher, & investment banker.

He was a member of the Cincinnati Brass Band and former cornet soloist of the Chicago Staff Band and known widely as a cornet virtuoso.

He and his wife, Panji, are members of Hyde Park Com. U.M. Church, and both are children of the SA regiment.

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