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Chester F. Gaugler, 94, 833 Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg, passed away on May 18, 2016, at Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice at Maria Hall, Danville.

He was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Selinsgrove, a son of the late Leon F. and Margaret V. (Hendricks) Gaugler.

Chester was a 1939 graduate of Selinsgrove High School and attended Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove and Texas A & M, College Station, Texas. He resided in Bloomsburg for 60 years. He was a an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, having enlisted and trained as an aviation cadet in aerial navigation.

He retired in 1986 from the Danville State Hospital, where he served as custodial services manager.

He served both as youth superintendent and adult superintendent at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg, earlier in his life.

Mr. Gaugler was a life member of the Valley of Bloomsburg Post 273, American Legion and also of the Selman Field Historical Association (the World War II Army Air Corps navigation school). He also belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution and was a life member of the Snyder County Historical Society.

He served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 25, Bloomsburg and as Roundtable Commissioner over a 20 year period. He was awarded the Scouter's Key and was a member of the Order of the Arrow.

He was an avid golfer for many years and played mostly at the Briar Heights Golf Course, currently known as Willow Run. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, furniture refinishing and restoration of his almost 200 year old home.

Chester was loved by all who knew him. He is survived by two sons, Frank, of Chambersburg and Dean, of Fairfield, Conn.; one daughter, Karin, of Barrington Hills, Ill. He was the beloved grandfather of Stephen and Matthew, of Chambersburg, Cherie, of Middletown, and Brian, Geoffrey and Rachel, of Fairfield, Conn.; three great-grandchildren, Rachel, of Middletown, and Abigail and Gabriel, of Chambersburg; and one brother, Charles Gaugler, who resides in Rowlett, Texas; and nieces and nephews.

Chester's first wife and mother of Frank was the former Betty Anderson. Kathryn Lindsay, Chester's second wife and mother of Dean and Karin, preceded him in death. The former Laura Fleming, his wife of 45 years, preceded him in death on April 23, 2001. After Laura's death, Chester found his final love in Willie Wagner, Selinsgrove.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2016, in the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Following the service, there will be a reception at the Barn at Boones Dam, Bloomsburg. In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated and buried in Union Cemetery, Selinsgrove.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Glaucoma Foundation, 2 Longfellow Drive, Suite 201, Boston, Mass. 02114, or to the Geisinger Columbia Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave., Bloomsburg, Pa 17815.
Published on May 26, 2016
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