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Edward S. Gast

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On May 25, 2012 @ 1:30 pm In Obituaries | 5 Comments

Edward S. Gast, Lancaster, PA

Edward S. Gast, 92 of Lancaster, PA residing at Willow Valley passed away May 23, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Mary Louise Hook Gast. Born in Lancaster, PA he was the son of the late Earl M. and Mary Arnold Gast.

A decorated WWII veteran, commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the US Army Air Corps he was assigned to the 367th squadron of the 306th Heavy Bombardment Group of the Eighth Air Force. As lead bombardier and navigator, Ed was shot down on his ninth mission June 22, 1943 and was a Prisoner of War in Stalag Luft III for two years. He was promoted to 1st Lt. and then Capt. of the US Air Corps Reserve.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College in June, 1948. Ed was employed with the sales division of Armstrong World Industries until the sales packaging division was sold to the Kerr Glass Mfg. Corp. where he retired as an account executive in 1983. As a resident of Berkeley Heights, NJ Ed won numerous sales awards including “Man of the Year” by the Buyers, Importers, Manufacturers and Salesmen (BIMS) servicing the toiletry, fragrances, and cosmetic industries.

Upon his retirement in 1983, Ed returned to Lancaster and served for 10 yrs. on the steering committee of Lancaster Co. Housing and Redevelopment Authority for ManorTownship. He also served for 8 years on PA. Board of the Selective Service System.

An avid golfer, Ed leaves behind a son, James E. (Dorothy) of Seaford, NY; daughter Jody L. Ruff (Brian) of Charleston, SC; sister, Gladys B. Meisenberger, brother Paul J, Four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Earl, sister Dorothy Gast Wittlinger Boas, and brother Samuel A.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 2111 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Michael E. Messner as Celebrant. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Final commendation and farewell in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Gast’s memory may be made to the Disabled Veterans, 1634 “Eye” Street, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20006 or to the Wounded Warriors at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Condolences for the family of “Edward S. Gast”

Condolence from Jim Ruff on May 27th, 2012 3:55 pm

Hi Jody and Brian,

I was saddened to read about Ed’s death in today’s Star Ledger, but I was glad that you did put his obituary in there.

Peg and I enjoyed Ed and Mary Lou’s company when we played golf in the Pocono’s with them. They were a “special” couple.

Since Peg’s death, I have been doing OK. Justin has moved into the condo with me, so I have company and he can keep watch on me.

Brian, thanks to you and your brothers for coming to Peg’s memorial service. That meant a lot to me.

With love, Jim

Condolence from Elaine Campbell, Recreation Therapy Supervisor Meadow Ridge at Willow Valley on May 27th, 2012 10:18 pm

You can not find a finer man than Ed Gast.
Ed was a kind, generous, funny, upbeat, brave, and loyal man.
Ed loved the Lord, and his family first, and always shared his large heart with everyone else.
Ed had a twinkle in his eye when he smiled, and was quick to laugh. No matter how he was feeling physically, he tried to be upbeat to others.
I consider Ed a gentleman’s gentleman. Always polite, looked for the good in life, and encouraged other to do that too.
Ed was quick to give you a compliment on the job that you did at work. He knew that a simple thank you for all of you hard work made a real difference for the Team Members at Meadow Ridge.
Our hearts are aching that Ed is not with us anymore, and we have cried many tears since his passing, but we are happy that he can be with his wife that he dearly loved, and that those dark days from World War ll will no longer be so close in his mind anymore.
Ed was a role model to the Team Members at Meadow Ridge, and our dear friend Ed Gast will always be in our hearts, and never far away from our minds.
Please know that for the rest of our lives, when we remember Ed, we will be remembering with a smile on our face because he was truly a ray of sunshine for us every day. As I said, you can not find a finer man than Ed Gast.

Elaine Campbell
Recreation Therapy Supervisor
Meadow Ridge

Condolence from Jim Cox on May 28th, 2012 1:44 pm

Just a note of sympathy in the loss of Ed. We worked together at the Golf Shop in Lancaster some years ago. He was a pleasure to work with and become friends with.

You must be proud of his military service record as he was certainly proud to have served our Country.


Jim Cox

Condolence from Paul an Doris Gast on May 29th, 2012 5:48 pm

Our deepest sympathy an condolence to the family at this time of loss,so sorry we can not attend the services but due to health issues it is not possible. Just want to let you know we are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers. Sincerely, Paul an Doris, and family.

Condolence from Kathy Fry customer service rep Citizens Bank Millersville on May 31st, 2012 7:05 pm

I was truly saddened to read about the death of Ed. I had the previledge to talk and help he and his wife for many many years. Even after he moved to Willow Street he continued to come to my branch. He wss a great man and I will miss his visits.

Kathy Fry

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