Arthur D. Gast Jr.
Arthur Donald Gast Jr., 83, former Assemblies of God minister, school teacher, elementary school principal and college professor, died in Watkinsville, Georgia, on Friday, April 14, 2017.
Arthur was born in Shawano on Aug. 10, 1933, the son of the late Arthur William and Ruth (Sindberg) Gast Sr. Raised in Wisconsin, he was an avid fisherman, trapper, hunter and Green Bay Packers fan.
Arthur met his former wife, Helen Cawood, in 1956 at Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Florida, while he was traveling as one of the singers in the Liberators Gospel Quartet, a ministry of Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He and his former wife, Helen, married in 1957 and were married for 28 years.
Arthur was ordained by the General Council of the Assemblies of God in 1960 and pastored in Ishpeming, Michigan; Plant City, Florida; Menominee Falls, and Siren. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, a master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a doctorate in education from Indiana University (Bloomington). Arthur taught education courses at Lakeland College, Howards Grove; John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas; and at Bethany Bible College, Santa Cruz, California.
Earlier in his career, in addition to being an ordained Assemblies of God minister, he was an elementary school teacher. Arthur was also a principal of elementary schools in Gordon, Keshena and Neopit.
Arthur D. Gast Jr. is survived by his children, Arthur Donald Gast III, of Royston, Georgia, and Terri Gast, of Lakeland, Florida; and four grandchildren, Arthur Jordan Gast IV, Jessica Gast, Destiny Gast and Jubilee Gast. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, William Gast, of Green Bay, Timothy Gast and Gerald Gast, of Shawano, Barbara Hudson, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, and Patricia Liberus, who resides in Haiti.
A celebration of life is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at River Valley Church, 131 N. Franklin St., Shawano. Arthur was raised in River Valley Church under its former name of First Assembly of God. Burial will be in Lake Drive Cemetery in the town of Wescott, Shawano County. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.