Thomas Gast


Thomas “Tom” Gast, 76, a respected figure in the mining industry and a cherished member of the Wheatland community, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2023, in Wheatland. 

Tom was born on Tuesday, April 22, 1947, to Herbert and Ruth Gast in Chicago, Illinois.  His little sister joined the family a few years later.  Tom graduated from Main West High School in the class of 1965.  He was a member of the swim team all four years of high school, his specialty stroke was the butterfly, and had two state records that held for many years.  Tom went onto continue his education graduating from Northern Illinois University with a degree in business.  

Tom dedicated his life to the mining industry, showcasing an unwavering commitment and expertise that earned him the respect of his colleagues and peers. 

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Tom was known for his profound love for Newfoundland dogs, his infectious laughter, and his exceptional storytelling abilities. His stories, often filled with humor and wisdom, will be dearly missed by his friends and family. 

Tom is survived by his loving daughters, Jaime Wingard (49), of Wheatland and Nicole Gast (52), from Rapid City, South Dakota. He leaves behind his sister, Cindy Chrisos, of Woodstock, Illinois and his loving companion of seven years, Betty Sinnard.   

Tom was welcomed into Heaven by his beloved wife, Sheila Gast; mother; father; several friends; and an exuberant amount of wagging tails from the many dogs he cherished and cared for. 

His life was a testament to the joy of family connections and the value of hard work. Tom’s legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew him, and his stories will continue to inspire laughter and joy. 

The Gast family cordially invites you to join in a celebration of Tom’s life, to be held at the Moose Lodge #1636 in Wheatland, on Monday, December 18, 2023, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. This gathering will honor his memory and the joy he brought into our lives. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Black Dog Animal Rescue, a cause close to Tom’s heart due to his love for Newfoundland dogs. 

Tom’s warmth, wisdom, and wit will be profoundly missed. As we gather to remember him, let us raise a glass to celebrate the remarkable life Tom lived and the countless lives he touched. 

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements. 

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