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Loren W. Gast
Loren W. GastFlagLoren W. Gast, 82, of Prospect died at 8:30 PM Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Community Healthcare Center following a brief illness.

He was born on July 10, 1925 at his parents home in Prospect.  He was the son of the late Paul B. and Irene E. (Dodrill) Gast.

He graduated from Prospect High School in 1943 and joined the Army.  He served in the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One), 26th Infantry Regiment.  He was involved in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 (D-Day).  Later in the European Theatres, Loren fought in the Battle of the Bulge at the Huertgen Forest.  For his valor in combat, he was awarded, among other medals, the Bronze Star Medal (Second Oak-Leaf Cluster).  He received an honorable discharge and came home.

He married Dolores E. Pitts on September 25, 1947 and they celebrated sixty years of marriage last fall.  She survives in Prospect.  Loren worked at the Universal Cooler, the Marion Engeineer Depot, and retired after twenty years from the Defense Construction Supply Center in Whitehall.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Prospect and served many years as a deacon.  He was also a member of the Battle Run Fire Department and the American Legion Post 368 in Prospect.

An avid sports fan, Loren enjoyed watching his sons and grandsons participate in music and athletics.  He especially enjoyed watching his grandsons, Andy and Josh, play basketball in college.  Loren himself was quite an athlete having participated in basketball, track, tennis and golf.  He loved playing ping-pong and going boating.  He also enjoyed traveling to military reunions and eating out.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Dolores, daughter Judy Theresa Gast of Columbus; two sons, Bruce Michael (Bonnie) Gast of Prospect; Brian Stephen (Andrea) Gast of Brookville, Indiana; two grandchildren, Andrew Michael Gast and Joshua Michael Gast of Delaware, both sons of Bruce and Bonnie.

Loren was preceded in death by his brother, Paul B. Gast Jr.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Prospect.  His family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.  Special music will be performed by Tal Burkett and Carol Birchfield.  Pastor Russell Makant will conduct the funeral service followed immediately by a military graveside service at Prospect Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Gast, Brian Gast, Andrew Gast, Joshua Gast, Marc Ahmay and Dick Gearhiser.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 200 E. Water St., Prospect, OH  43342.

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#1 from: Cheryl Oehler
Sun City, Arizona
Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Dear Gast Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Loren's passing. Please know you are in our daily thoughts and prayers.
Lester Daugherty  Pauline Oehler
Peggy and Tom Knickel  Cheryl Oehler
Kimberly, David and Ian Hoffman

#2 from: Kelley(Brannan)McCutcheon
Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 9:59 PM

Grandma D.,
I am so sorry.  We will miss Loren so much.  Out mowing the lawn with you sweeping the sidewalk, raking leaves and my kids playing in them and then helping to rake them again, and our special Halloween visits with the kids.  I have so many memories I can't list them all.  You just know we are thinking of you and the family and are here for you.

Kelley (Brannan) McCutcheon

#3 from: Richard Wood
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 8:21 AM

To Bruce and Family

Janet and I are out of state at this time. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our best to all.

Dick and Janet Wood

#4 from: Mandy France
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Bruce and Family,
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father, please know you will be in our prayers.
Mandy, Brandon and Mara France

#5 from: Eric and Rhonda Hill
Ridgeway, Ohio
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Bruce and family,

We were saddened to hear of the loss of your father. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Our deepest sympathies,
Eric, Rhonda, Garrett, and Logan Hill

#6 from: Karen Kirby Smith
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Dear Mrs.Gast,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and "the kids". I regret that I am unable to get off work to personally deliver my condolences.
A special "hello" to Judy.
Karen (Kirby) Smith

#7 from: George Graham and Family
Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 8:26 AM

We are really sorry for your lose,I just talked to Loren in the nursing home last week.We went through school together,my prayers and thoughts are with you.     George Graham and family.

#8 from: John & Linda Brannan
Prospect, Ohio
Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Dear Deloris (better known at Grandma D)and family, our hearts are heavy with sorrow for your loss.  Loren was always a good neighbor, he always took a moment to stop and wave and speak when he'd see us out and about.  He was always so good about letting our kids and then our grand kids play in his big yard.  But every once in awhile he'd step outside to remind the boys to watch the trees and Grandma D's flowers while they where mostly playing football and running around.  We enjoyed listening to him talk about his tour of duty during WWI while sitting on his front porch, he was one very proud and brave man.
We'll never forget shortly after moving here Loren & Deloris gave us 2 AC units because it was such a hot summer and they refused to take anything for them, boy they were very much appreciated.  Loren would always call and thank us for the birthday card we sent him every year like it was something special and unexpected.  He will truly be missed.  May he rest in peace.  You will all be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.     Love, John & Linda

#9 from: The Waterwash Family
Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Gast Family - you are all in our thoughts and prayers.  We understand how hard of a time this is for all.  Remember the wonderful memories shared by you and Loren.  
Go With God!
The Waterwash Family

#10 from: Justin, Tonnia, Brandon, Lara & Tess Howard
Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Mr Gast -

Just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers.  May God bless you and your family -

Fondly - The Howards

#11 from: Karen Redd-McCann
Marion, OH
Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Bruce, Was so sorry to hear of your lose. I pray that you and your family will be comforted by the good memories you can share thogether and knowing your family and friends are their to comfort you in your time of sorrow. God Bless you.

Karen Redd McCann (classmate)

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