Gale E. Measel, EN3, USN
Recently Mrs. Evelyn Measel sent a letter to Michael Dutton notifying him of the passing of her husband, a former USS William R Rush Shipmate and Rush Association member.
The following obituary was published in the New Castle News on March 24, 2006:
Gale E. Measel, Sr.
New Castle, PA
— Gale E. Measel Sr., 78, of 407 W. Maitland Lane lost his courageous 13-month battle to overcome complications from open heart surgery. Lovingly known to his family and friends as “Bummy” (a childhood nickname earned by begging his neighbors for cookies), he was a gentle giant with a wonderful sense of humor.
Gale, a devoted and beloved husband, married the former Evelyn DeRosa on Sept. 21, 1949. In addition to his wife, Evelyn, of 56 years, he is the father, grandfather and great-grandfather to three children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and John Severa of Concord, Ohio, son and daughter-in-law, Gale and Valerie Measel of New Castle, and daughter, Stacy Gem Measel of New Castle; six grandchildren, Jason and Sandy Severa, Jessica and Matt McLouth, Justin and Joy Severa, Gregory and Alicia Measel, Geoffrey and Joy Measel, and Kristin Measel; and five great-granddaughters, Hope, Holly, Hayden and Hadley Severa, and Abigale Measel. The love of his family extended to his two sisters, Janice Sander of New Bedford and Sally Palmer of New Castle; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dave and Rose DeRosa of Santa Clarita, Calif., along with many nieces and nephews.
Born Dec. 21, 1927, in Harmony, Pa., Gale was the son of the late Homer “Pete” and Sara Kaufmann Measel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant brothers. Following graduation from New Castle High School in June 1945, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Rush from 1946 to 1947. He began his sole proprietorship, Gale E. Measel Building Contractors, in 1952 and built many custom Scholz homes and commercial buildings throughout Lawrence County. In 1979, he was proud to start his company, GEM Building Contractors and Developers Inc. and E&G Development Inc. with his son, Gale E. Measel Jr. Together as a team, they continued expanding the business, developing and building many construction projects until his retirement in 1991.
Gale joined Carpenters Local 268 in 1950. He was a founding member of the Lawrence County Builders Association and also a member of the Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania Builders Association. He belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mahoning-New Castle Lodge 243, New Castle Consistory, Lawrence Caravan 15 of Syria Shrine, Perry S. Gaston Post American Legion Post 343 and was a social member of the Eintracht Singing Society. He was a member of the former Christian Assembly, now the New Castle Church of God. Bummy loved being outside for hunting, fishing, gardening, swimming and puttering in his yard. Because of his trade, he was a talented woodworker, making many handcrafted gifts for family and friends. He enjoyed life and all it had to offer, especially his May’s peanut butter doughnuts.
Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home, 3000 Wilmington Road. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Castle View Memorial Gardens. Military rites will be performed by the New Castle Area Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Gale E. Measel Scholarship Fund at the Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Department.
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