Robert Thomas Gahles

Robert Thomas Gahles

June 22, 1923 - February 18, 2021
Chippewa Township

Robert Thomas Gahles

June 22, 1923 - February 18, 2021
Chippewa Township


Robert Thomas “Bob” Gahles, 97, of Chippewa Township, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021 with his daughter and son-in-law by his side.

Born June 22, 1923 in Beaver Falls, he was the son of the late Thomas D. and Helen (Kettner) Gahles, and step-son to the late Florence (Cleckner) Gahles. Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945 with the First Armored Division in Europe, and was a recipient of the Bronze Star medal. He retired in 1982 from Koppers Company, Pittsburgh, as the senior estimator after 36 years. Bob continued working for various companies after retiring. He was an active member and former usher of Christ the Divine Teacher and St. Monica’s Roman Catholic churches. He was a recipient of the Father Marcus O’Brien Award and was a chosen parish honoree by the Beaver County Holy Name Society in 2010. Bob was also a part of the American Legion Post 261, the VFW, and the Highland Optimist Club. He was a hard worker and enjoyed vacations to Ft. Myers, Florida and Chincoteague, Virginia with his family.

In addition to his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary E. (Jolley) Gahles; his brother, Eugene Gahles; and sister-in-law Hazel Gahles.

He is survived by his daughter, Janet A. (Donald) Young; son, Robert M. (Yvonne) Gahles; grandchildren, Christopher R. Gahles, Amy E. (Pete) Marshall, Leah E. Gahles; and niece, Cindy Frank.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC.- 117 Blackhawk Rd. Chippewa Township. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 12 pm in the St. Monica Roman Catholic Church-116 Thorndale Dr. Beaver Falls. A private interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


  • Date & Time: February 23, 2021 (9:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
  • Venue: Gabauer-Lutton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
  • Location: 118 Blackhawk Rd Beaver Falls, PA 15010 - (Get Directions)

Mass of Christian Burial

  • Date & Time: February 23, 2021 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church
  • Location: 116 Thorndale Drive Beaver Falls, PA 15010 - (Get Directions)

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2 responses to Robert Thomas Gahles

  1. So sorry Janet. I still have the horses your Mom painted for me when we were in high school. Thought about your parents every time we went past their house. Fond memories!

  2. Dear Gahles family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Growing up at Christ the Divine Teacher, I had so many experiences of “Mr.” Gahles. He and Mary were truly a founding members of the Church in Chippewa. He was always smiling, joking and never said no to Fr. Sangl or the Church. He had nicknames for my mom (Helen) and Louise Neidlinger as “Mert and Marge”. I remember the smiles, laughter and good times during the hard work of building a Church… both a building and a family. May his memory be eternal. He has earned his peace in Heaven. Prayers and warmest thoughts.

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