William F. Gaul


William F. "Billy" Gaul died unexpectedly on November 4, 2005. William was onboard the USS William R Rush (DD 714) during the Vietnam Era, 1965-1967. He had been a long-standing member of the USS William R Rush Association and had been serving as the Association's Chaplain.

John Buglione, Reese Davis and Reese Foster, longtime friends of William F. Gaul attended the services as representatives of the USS William R. Rush Association. John Buglione served as Honorary Pallbearer for the service. Reese Davis and Reese Foster served as pallbearers for the service.

His obituary was published in the Scranton, PA THE TIMES-TRIBUNE and in the Norristown, PA TIMES HERALD on November 7, 2005 and is quoted, as printed in both publications, below:

"William F. Gaul, 59, of Norristown, formerly of Scranton, died Friday at home.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Francis and Marie Longworth Gaul. He attended West Scranton High School and was a member of St. Titus Church in East Norristown and St. Patrick's Church in Scranton. He was employed by the Montgomery County Human Services and by St. Titus Church. He was a United States Navy veteran serving aboard the USS William R. Rush during the Vietnam War.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle for charity events. He loved the comradery with his girls at the office. He was an avid hockey fan who enjoyed going to games. He also enjoyed going to his Navy reunions all across the country. It gave him great pleasure to visit his family for the holidays.

Surviving are a brother, Francis and his wife, Patricia; a sister, Marie Gaul, all of Scranton; nieces and a nephew, Cynthia, Timothy and his wife, Sandra of Scranton and Donna of Madisonville; great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Donald Gaul.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 142 S. Main Ave. in Scranton with Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, Jackson Street. Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery, Oram Street in Scranton.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, 302 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, N.C. 28806."