Raymond K. "Bud" Gaus, 90, of Amity, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in his home.
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He was born December 13, 1923, in Amity, a son of the late Troal C. and Kathryn Wiley Gaus.
Mr. Gaus attended Trinity High School and was awarded his high school diploma in 2002 at a graduation ceremony held for World War II veterans.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1945, as a ball turret gunner aboard a B-17 bomber. He was shot down over Krems, Austria, on his 13th mission and subsequently held as a prisoner of war for 13 months at Stalag Luft 13B. He was honorably discharged at a rank of staff sergeant and awarded the Purple Heart, POW medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with one oak Leaf Cluster and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
Mr. Gaus worked for Carter Auto Parts for 20 years and as mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, for 37 years, retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Amity Methodist Church, Shriners, Sunset Lodge 623, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Amateur Trap Shooting Association, Washington Sportsmen Club, Anawana Hunting and Fishing Club, Amwell Township Volunteer Fire Deptartment and Amwell Township Historical Society.
Mr. Gaus loved his family unconditionally and enjoyed to trap shoot.
On August 17, 1945, he married Margaret "Peg" Farabee Gaus, with whom he shared more than 54 years of marriage before her passing February 14, 2004.
Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Hickman of Washington; a son-in-law, Donald Lindsay of Claysville; a sister, Janice Skelly of Vallejo, Calif.; four grandchildren, Laura (Joe) McNeil, Jennifer (Greg) Zuk, Gregory Hickman and Miranda Hickman; six great-grandchildren, Taylor McNeil, Alexa McNeil, Krista McNeil, Abram Zuk, Seth Zuk and Rachel Zuk; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Dawn "Dee" Lindsay; three sisters, Delores Kinder, Louise Mankey and Ruth Salsberry; and a brother, Robert Gaus.
Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, with Pastor Linda Mankey officiating. Interment will follow in Amity Methodist Cemetery, with full military rites accorded by American Legion Post 744 of Marianna.
Memorial donations may be made to Dawn Lindsay Memorial Education Fund, Washington County Community Foundation, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.
A guest book may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.
Nichol Funeral Homes
1873 E Maiden St Washington, PA 15301
Published in Observer-Reporter on July 28, 2014