Oscar F. Gassert, 87, of
Snydertown Road Danville PA passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008 at Geisinger
Medical Center Danville PA where he had been a patient. He was born March
21 1921 in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania the son of the late Norma Burdge
and the late Frederick Gassert.
He grew up in Columbia
County PA with his late father Frederick and late stepmother Pearl Gassert.
He was a staff sergeant with the Army Air Corps during World War II. For
many years, Mr. Gassert owned and operated a farm in Columbia County. He
was also an independent owner and operator in the trucking industry which
included contracting for Hanover Foods. Mr. Gassert was also employed by
AC&F Industries in Berwick PA and was a mechanic. He was head of the
motorcade of the CC Camp.
He was a life member of the
Elks, Moose and American Legion; all of Bloomsburg PA and the Catawissa
VFW. He was a 50 year member of the Washington Lodge #265 F & AM Bloomsburg
PA and a member of the Caldwell Consistory Bloomsburg PA. Mr. Gassert had
served on the board of the Mifflin Township Supervisors and was a former
member of the Mifflinville and Riverside Fire Companies. He was a former
member of St. John Lutheran Church Mifflinville PA and was a member of St.
John’s “Vought’s” Lutheran Church in Mayberry Township PA.
He is survived by his wife
of 21 years, Laura Comstock Gassert whom he married December 6 1986 and two
daughters; Jane Halsey and her husband John of Seattle Washington and Kathy
Lawton and her husband James of Rochester NY. Also surviving is one stepson
Brian Stout and two stepdaughters; Brenda Lawvere and Melissa Reichenbach
and her husband Thomas. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren Patti and
Zachary Lawton; Nina Stout, Rachel Foster; Joshua, Aaron, Rebekah, Mary,
James, Elisabeth and Paul Lawvere and Jason and Sabrina Reichenbach. He is
also survived by five great-grandchildren; Anthony, Brennan, Lauren,
Gabrielle and Victoria.
Also surviving is one
brother; Elmer Bolinger and three sisters; Elsie Brindle, Eva McCall and
Inez Stake and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one
brother Hanley Gassert.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services to be held at
12:00 Noon on Thursday, April 17 2008 at St. John’s “Vought’s” Lutheran
Church 29 High Road (Mayberry Township) Danville PA with his pastor the
Reverend Christoph Teille officiating. Burial will be in Creveling Cemetery
Almedia PA. Friends will be received from 10:00 AM until the time of
service at the church. Masonic services will be conducted at 9:45 AM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements are under
the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street