Bob Gast, lifelong community member, celebrates 101st birthday

Bob Gast is celebrating his 101st birthday this Tuesday, Mar. 28.

“I set up the Bob and Marge Gast Community Fund last year, in honor of my grandfather’s 100th birthday,” said Natalie Fierek. “He’s a funny and humble man. He still enjoys being active in the community!”

Bob Gast was born and raised in Warsaw. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1940 and attended Indiana University shortly after, until he served in the Army during World War II. During the war, he earned a purple heart, among other medals.

Bob married his sweetheart, Marge. Together, they had seven children (three of whom were adopted). They lived in Winona Lake most of their lives. Now, Bob enjoys being surrounded by his 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

“Grandpa has been very involved in the Warsaw community,” Fierek said. “He served on the city council.  He is still active in Rotary, the Salvation Army, and with Mobile Meals.  He also attends regular meetings with a group of local veterans,” she added.

The Bob and Marge Gast Community Fund contributes to Community Fund grants, which support charitable organizations and causes throughout Kosciusko County. The most recent Community Funds grant cycle awarded over $160,000 to 20 organizations.

To give to the Bob and Marge Gast Community Fund, click here. Checks can be sent to 102 E Market St, Warsaw, IN 46580 with “Bob and Marge Gast Community Fund” in the memo line.

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