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Drew C. Gish

February 2, 1958 - May 18, 2020

Drew Christopher Gish was born on February 2nd, 1958 in Whittier, California to Devon and Colette Gish and went home to be with the Lord on May 18th, 2020 in Salem, Oregon, with his beloved wife and daughter nearby. Having grown up in Southern California, Drew was an avid swimmer, hiker, and motorcyclist. He temporarily lived in Boulder, Colorado, where he met and married the love of his life, Diane Atencio Gish. Upon their return to the Southern California area, Drew and Diane had their four children, Shane, George, Hannah, and Ann. Drew made a job change from a journeyman electrician to a project estimator for an electrical construction firm and accepted a position in Salem, Oregon, where he and his family have resided since 1997. Drew will forever be remembered as the charismatic, passionate family man who loved to talk to and get to know everyone. Drew is preceded by his oldest son Shane Christopher Gish, and is survived by his wife, Diane Gish, his children George Gish, Hannah Gish, and Ann Gish, his parents Devon Gish and Colette Gish, and his brothers Rex Gish and Todd Gish. He will be deeply missed.

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Praying for your family.

Deepest condolences on the entire family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. Love the Lesco Family 

Drew was a one of a kind guy! I loved talking with him about the Bible and things to come. I miss him greatly. 

I worked with Drew for close to 9 years. We had ALOT of laughs!! As i sit here wiping away the tears, I will miss those laughs along with our many discussions about politics and scripture. You will definitively be missed!!!! My condolences to Diane and the family for your loss. God bless you.

prayers for you... love you... Lynda Winkelman 

Sending love and condolences to the whole family. That is a great picture of Drew and a beautiful obituary. Wish we could be with you all. Love from California,
Dave, Rachel and Julia Mansfield

We loved his heart for God. The day before He began to worship unencumbered, Ray and I were talking about wordhip in our church. Ray named 3 men that he "saw" as having a nice ember of worship that was on the verge of exploding. Drew was one of those 3.

Dear Diane and family. We loved getting to know Drew and Diane at EBC small group at Kaufmann's. Drew and Diane were a lovely couple radiating warmth, affection and humor despite the trials of life they were well aquianted with. We pray the comfort of our loving Savior will enfold you and guard your hearts in the faith and eternal hope. Love to dear Diane

Our heart goes out to you Diane, in this time of loss. Drew was always so friendly and interesting to talk to. We love you and our prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. May our gentle shepherd hold you close, comfort and guide you in the days ahead.

I’m so sorry for your loss, wish I had met Drew.

I can remember the men's group and how much passion Drew had for learning and spreading the word. I saw Drew grow in the Lord, and, he's with us in our prayers. Roger Faircloth

Dearest Diane, George, Hannah, and Ann,
Pete and I send each of you our deepest condolences and prayers. We love you all and only wish we could be there in Oregon with you.
May Drew rest peacefully. His health has been so very challenging the past couple of years. His loving last words were all about seeing Diane, George, Hannah, and Ann in heaven. He and Shane are reunited. Blessing to each of you.
Yolanda and Pete Lesco

Prayers for you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Drew was such a bright light in this world. I knew him for such a short time but always enjoyed talking with him. 
Prayers and condolences to the Gish family. We love you guys!

So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you. 

We will miss Drew's friendly character and spiritual fervor. We are so sorry for your loss Diane, George, Hannah and Annie. We love you and you're in our thoughts and prayers. With our love, Julie and John Helm

To my great friend Drew Gish,

Our early years of high school brought us together and grew to a closeness unlike most. Although I couldn't talk him into moving away with me, it only took a few months of phone calls to change his mind and I was finally happy to welcome him to CO. Good ol' Drew always provoked my thoughts and doings of Christ. That was my favorite thing to do with Drew when we backpacked to the mountain peaks only to have discussions about our Lord Jesus Christ, his teachings, forgiveness and how they relate to us now. How fitting after all these years we still can have our discussions and talk of the bible never missing a beat even decades later. Days of the early 80's really do seem like yesterday (those were the days), with our many trips together still vivid and to detail about our trails, mountains and rivers along the way. I miss you Drew, been waiting a long time to see you again, Ill have to wait a little longer but I truly believe I will. Since our faith in Christ is with us and our loved ones (you) are with him...they are not very far away. I love you Drew...forever. In God we trust, Marc 

The world needs more people like you!  You will missed greatly.
Sincerest Sympathies to your loved ones.

Drew, you were one of a kind!! You will be deeply missed around the office. Your laugh was so contagious, and you happy soul was always appreciated. May you Rest in Paradise my friend!

I will miss you but I know where you are, hold my spot. Diane Gish

Will always remember your smile and kind nature. Rest in paradise my friend.

Drew it just isn't going to be the same at work without you and your laughter.
There was no mistaking your voice or laugh. And man that laugh was contagious!

My fondest memory is you constantly checking in on me when I was pregnant. You could just tell I needed it and for that I am extremely grateful. Telling me that I was such a good Mom for going out and walking during my lunch when I was huge and so uncomfortable. Man am I going to miss you! 

You left us too soon but knowing you are up above looking down on us is comforting. I will miss you my friend! I am sure all those up above are marveling in your infectious laughter. 
Thoughts and Prayers to your family. 

I’m so grateful that I was able to meet Drew and to work closely with him these past six years. He was one of the coolest guys I’ve ever meet and I’m going to miss him terribly. I will especially miss reminiscing with him about old movies and TV shows. 

I had some great laughs with Drew when we worked together. I will certainly miss him my condolences to the family.

Holding all of Drew's family, Diane, George, Hannah, and Ann, along with his parents Devon and Colette and siblings, Rex and Todd in love and comfort.
God is with you;
May God's love be soothing.
May God's words bring you comfort and strength.
May God's promise fill your hearts with Peace,
Sending deepest sympathy to you during this time of sorrow.
Love from all my family to yours.

Diane, may you and your children find comfort in His Spirit. I'm so sorry that your friend, husband, soulmate, father of your children is not with you, but I've learned over the years how much you and Drew and family were, and are loved. May you find peace and comfort during this time of sorrow, love Bill

I am so sorry for your loss.  I did not know Drew, but if he was anything like his brothers, Todd and Rex, he must have been a wonderful man. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all. 

Diane, So sorry for your loss.  Was reading Ruth yesterday and thought of you...with Naomi losing bother her sons and her husband.  Praying The Lord surrounds you with peace and comfort, and the assurance that he will provide for you just as he did Ruth and Naomi.  


I miss my dear brother.  He and I laughed a lot together over the decades, and I think of him all the time.  He loved his family very much, and was a dedicated believer in Christ.  

Drew and I worked together at Rosendin; I was his IT guy. Alas, I did not know him for a long time, but he was always good to me and treated me like a respected colleague (often times rare in our industry). My interactions with Drew were always memorable. I just found out about Drew's passing yesterday and, for what it's worth from a stranger, I am so sorry for your loss.