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Bob Gauss

Mr. Robert Frederick Gauss Sr., 62, of W Main St., Emmitsburg, died Sunday, May 21, at Gettysburg, Pa., Hospital.  He founded Robert F Gauss and Associates Inc., professional land Surveyors in 1980, He was a resident until his death.  He was the husband of Crystal L. Wiley Gauss, his wife of 40 years. Born Feb. 21, 1938, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late H. Frederick Gauss and Virginia Harrison Gauss Hilleary. 

Mr. Gauss achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 13,1953. He was a graduate of the A Course at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on Feb. 21, 1956, and attended night school college courses at Penn State and Johns Hopkins University. He became a professional land surveyor July 23, 1975.

He was past chairman and member of the Appalachian Chapter of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, and past president of Maryland Society of Surveyors (1995-1996). He was named 1997 Surveyor of the Year He was appointed by the governor to the State Board for Professional Land Surveyors on July 1, 1996.

He was also a member of Emmitsburg Lions Club, Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association, Mason-Dixon Line Preservation Partnership, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and a National Eagle Scout Association. He was a former Boy Scout leader of Troop 284, and a member of Emmitsburg Historical Society. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Robert F Gauss Jr. and wife Robin of Emmitsburg, .James E. Gauss and wife Shannon of Waynesboro, Pa., and J. Christopher Gauss Sr. and wife Kathy of Cascade; one sister, Nancy Penrod and husband Terry of Brick, N.J.; one niece, Susan Penrod; one nephew, Andrew Penrod; and seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, Amber Gauss, Jordan Gauss, Kellen Gauss, Megan Gauss, Ryan Gauss, Brittany Gauss, Jon Gauss Jr., Kyle Roberts and Jerry Roberts.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday May 25, at Incarnation United Church of Christ, 124 W Main St., Emmitsburg, with the Rev. Margaret Dodds officiating. The service was followed by a luncheon at JoAnne’s Ballroom, at the Carriage House Inn, South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg.

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