Verlan Keith Gabrielson
Jan. 2, 1933-April 23, 2014
Submitted by Graham-Hitch Mortuary
Verlan, ("Gabe" or "Vern") was born in Lindsborg, Kansas, the son of the late Wesley and Evelyn (Nelson) Gabrielson. He grew up in Lindsborg and went to Bethany College to earn a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics. After serving in the U.S. Army, he then earned a Master of Science degree at Kansas State University.
In 1959, Verlan and his bride moved to Pleasanton, CA, and joined the scientific team at Sandia Labs where he worked as a scientific programmer for more than 30 years. He was a member of several bridge clubs and enjoyed participating in bridge tournaments. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis and volunteering his carpentry skills with Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years where was an Elder and a Deacon.
Verlan is survived by his loving wife, Janet; devoted children Mark Gabrielson (Maria) of Franktown, CO; Anne Gabrielson (Marilynne Roscoe) of Newport, OR; and Paul Gabrielson (Laura) of Arroyo Grande, CA. He had three grandchildren: David, Rachelle, and Eric Gabrielson. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Gabrielson of Wichita, KS, and sister, Carolyn Kimbrel (John), many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial will be held June 7 at 1 p.m. at the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, 3410 Cornerstone Ct. Pleasanton. Interment will be in Kansas.
Donations should be made to Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, Habitat for Humanity or Hope Hospice.