Frederick Carl “Fred” Gaus Sr., a longtime resident of Mount Cobb, Jefferson Township, died Thursday morning at home after a brief illness. He and his wife, the former Joyce James, celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary Nov. 17. His first wife, the former Dorothy Marie Beemer, died Jan. 12, 1972.


He was born in Scranton, the son of the late Carl Frederick and Helen Birtell Gaus. He was a very active member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Hamlin, and co-founder and past president of its men’s group. He attended South Scranton High School and graduated from Johnson Technical School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Browning Automatic Rifleman with the 83rd Division of the Army. He was in the Normandy and Northern France campaigns and was wounded in action in France in 1944. He received the American Theater Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal and bronze battle stars for campaigns in Normandy and Northern France; the European-African-Middle Eastern campaign ribbon, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was past commander of the Thomas Snook VFW Post 6520, Cortez; 2002 grand marshal of the Jefferson Township Fireman’s Parade; and a proud member of the Veterans Center, Scranton. Prior to retirement, he was self-employed as a carpenter and a 40-year member of the Carpenters Union Local 645, Scranton.

Also surviving are four sons, Frederick C. Jr., Mount Cobb; David W., Elmhurst; James A. Sr., Deer Park, Texas; and Thomas Roman, Mount Cobb; two daughters, Dorothy Marie Rinker, Daleville; and Dawn Marie Walters, Lake Ariel; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; five brothers, George Sr., New Port Richey, Fla.; Howard, Burlington, N.J.; Earl Sr., Gouldsboro; Frank Sr., Tunkhannock; and Edwin, Clarks Summit; five sisters, Evelyn Reitz, Etters; Ethel Parry, Scranton; Carol Parry, Scranton; Helen Gaus, Elmhurst; and Sharon Bittenbender, Dickson City; 23 godchildren, many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann; a sister, Ruth Bosack; and two brothers, Carl Jr., and Harold A. Sr.

The funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. in the Centenary United Methodist Church in Hamlin, Route 590, with services by the Rev. Ronald W. Onder, pastor. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Family and friends attending the funeral services on Monday are asked to go directly to the church.

Friends may call Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., in the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., and Monday, 9 to 10 a.m., in the Centenary United Methodist Church in Hamlin, Route 590.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 130 Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, 18702-6704; or to the Centenary United Methodist Church in Hamlin, Building Fund, c/o Carol Williams Box 6705, RR 6, Lake Ariel, 18436; or to the Thomas Snook VFW Post 6520, Building Fund, c/o Thomas Lagoey, 210 Moore Drive, Lake Ariel, 18430. Go to for additional information, directions, or to send an online condolence.

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