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Gabriel Joseph Baptiste

October 16, 1952 — March 29, 2017

GABRIEL JOSEPH BAPTISTE JR., 64 of Ogallala, NE, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Great Plains Health in North Platte, NE.

Gabe was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on October 16, 1952 to Gabriel Joseph and Julia Rose (Chesney) Baptiste. At age 5, he and his family moved to Venezuela where his passion for music and electronics were soon evident. There was no musical instrument he couldn't master (especially air-guitar, knee-drum and dashboard keyboard). He attended The Abbey School in Tunapuna, Trinidad. He earned his business degree from Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas, thus starting his life-long love of the mid-west. He became Program Director for KIBZ The Blaze and loved being on the radio.

His abilities to increase ratings and listenership were proven in multiple markets. This expertise, coupled with his bi-lingual abilities, opened the door to him launching South American television markets including MTV Latino and Telemundo and pioneering innovative technologies while in South Florida. He was called to Los Angeles where he was involved in multiple TV and radio production projects. His final career episode was here in Ogallala where in early 2015 he came to work for RCS doing bi-lingual tech support and creating marketing videos.

As for Gabe the man, he was intelligent, thoughtful, generous, mischievous, optimistic, humorous, loyal and always humble. He was a friend to all who met him, an artful listener and always made time for friends in need. His storytelling was legendary and his positive energy lit up whatever room he entered. He was a true gentle giant. His departure has left a deep void in the hearts of his friends and his family who adored him.

Gabe was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his two siblings Bibi Baptiste Pey, of Sydney Australia and Richard Baptiste of Vero Beach, Florida.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences can be shared online at

No services are planned at this time.

Prairie Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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