Posted By Jessica Cambio,
Thursday, May 13, 2010
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It is with a sense of loss that the Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group inform you of the death of the Reverend Elium E. Gault. He died peacefully on November 16, 2007 at his home in Hazlet, NJ. He was 85.
Mr. Gault was born on March 9, 1922 in Midland County, MI to John Merrit Gault and Katy Grace Small Gault. He was one of 12 children and was raised in Indiana where he graduated from high school in 1940. He married Donna Belle Heltzel on May 23, 1943.
He enrolled at Indiana Central College in Indianapolis but interrupted his studies to serve in the US Army from October 1942 to February 1946. He belonged to the 12th and 20th Armored Infantry Divisions, serving as Company Communications Chief in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and Austria. After his term in the Army, Mr. Gault returned to college, graduating in 1948. He then enrolled in United Theological Seminary (known then as Bonebrake Theological Seminary), graduating in 1951.
Mr. Gault was ordained in the Congregational Church in 1961. He served Congregational Churches in Plattsville and Springfield, OH and Chillicothe, IL before transferring to the American Unitarian Association in 1961. He served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Woodstock and Hartland Four Corners, VT and Manchester, NH. In 1988, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH honored Mr. Gault with Minister Emeritus status. He was an active member of the UU Church of Monmouth County in Lincroft, NJ at the time of his death.
Surviving Mr. Gault are his sons, James R. and wife Loma Gault of Hazlet, NJ and Bert Gault of Watertown, NY, his daughter, Patti Muset of Browns Mills, NJ, and his three grandchildren Keith Muset, Kevin Muset, and Kimberly Muset of Browns Mills, NJ. Mr. Gault also leaves two sisters, Nellie and husband Robert McGrew of Fulton, IN and Donna and husband Paul Reffett of LaGrange, IN as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gault's wife, Donna Belle Heltzel, preceded him in death on July 7, 2001. Mr. Gault donated his body to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anatomical Association, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Please send messages of remembrance to:
Mr. James Gault
1 Cypress Street
Hazlet, NJ 07730-4009
A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 19.
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