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Paul Shelly Gass, 68, of Slatington, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022. He was the husband of Michelle J. (Bolesky) Raber Gass, whom he married on April 27, 1991. Born on April 29, 1953, he was the son of the late James C. and Martha Jean (Gilbert) Gass. Paul was a US Navy veteran, who served honorably from 1972-1978. He worked as a diesel technician for Ryder Truck Rental from 1982 -2015. Following his retirement from Ryder, he worked as a bus driver for CLIU, and Brandywine Transportation. Paul was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Slatington, where he served on church council and was instrumental with the Building & Property Committees. Along with his wife Michelle, Paul was a founding member and president of the Northern Lehigh Community Center and was a member of the Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority. Paul was an avid hunter, fisherman, woodworker. He enjoyed golfing, biking, kayaking, and boat rides on his pontoon, “Splendid Red”. He loved Halloween and building the Haunted Woods at the Walnutport Canal and the Haunted House at the Wessner’s.
In addition to his wife Michelle, he is survived by children: Jesse Gass of Phillipsburg, NJ, Joshua Gass and wife Kendall of Cincinnati, Scott Raber and wife Christine of Slatington, Heather and husband Brian Tompkins of Lehighton. He was the # 1 Pop Pop to Josh, Jr., Jett, Presley, Isaac, Preston, Makayla, Riley, Aliyah; brother: Bruce Gass and wife Niki of Wichita, KS.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30AM on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 40 S. Second Street. Family and friends may pay their respects from 8:30 to 11AM at Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second Street, Slatington. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Paul’s memory to either Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority or St. John’s Lutheran Church c/o the funeral home. The funeral service will also be livestreamed on ZOOM. Please contact Paul’s granddaughter, Makayla at 02Makaylafaith@gmail.com.
OMG just heard about Paul's Passing, I just talked to him recently, I worked with him at Brandywine, sorry for your loss
Dave Zellers Feb 1 2022 4:46 PM
Absolutely devastated to hear of Paul's passing. He was so full of life, joy, and generous care for others. A dedicated husband and community member who is dearly missed.
Dr. Susanne H. Thompson Jan 29 2022 7:09 PM
Paul will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Jim and Joyce Thompson Jan 29 2022 7:44 AM
Paul will be greatly missed by St. John's Lutheran Church and The Second Chance Shoppe in Slatington. Paul never said "no" when asked to make an improvement to the Shoppe.
I will miss Paul's big smile and mispronunciation of my name "Fiona" followed by a chuckle.
Fianna Christman Jan 28 2022 8:55 AM
Back in 1997, the Walnutport Canal Association was trying to come up with another idea for a fundraiser during it's Fall Festival. Doug Boerher and I agreed to do a haunted attraction to be held on a Saturday night, but we both agreed we needed a third person to be involved in the overall production of this fundraiser. I told Doug that I knew a guy from church that just lived to celebrate Halloween. That guy was Paul. Never a guy short of ideas, Paul used his fertile imagination to come up with some of the wildest skits that made the "Haunted Woods" a huge success for many years. Will miss you, buddy.
Christy Haydt Jan 24 2022 12:00 AM
For our PopPop
Makayla Nothstein Jan 22 2022 12:00 AM
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Granddaughter Makayla Jan 22 2022 12:00 AM
Paul, the wonderful memories you have given me over the years. From the first gift of Alice in Wonderland (my fav book ever since), to the. Sound of your voice when you said my name as you gave me huge hugs. The memory of your stealth tactics sneaking into the liquor store when visiting my parents when we were young so you could purchase some kind of alcohol to marinade steaks in. Bruce was a preacher and his car couldnt be seen outside a liquor store and you turned into the Pink Panther making your way into and exiting the liquor store. You have always been a force of life, bigger than life, full of unconditional love and such joy. I miss you more than you could ever imagine. All my love to you.
Sarah Reschke Jan 21 2022 12:00 AM
I will always Paul he was always so nice to me and always called me mom. One awesome person. My thought and prayer goes out to the family. God bless you allBarb and Ron Wambold
Barbara Wambold Jan 21 2022 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear about Paul. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to you at this difficult time.
Lou and Diane Jan 21 2022 12:00 AM