Hon. Karl Bryan Guss, 58, Democratic Assemblyman from Juniata County since 1952, died of a coronary occlusion at his home, Third Street, Mifflintown, at 1:30 o'clock Thursday morning Aug. 16, 1956, while watching the Democratic convention on television.
Mr. Guss was sitting in the living room with his wife when he suddenly slumped forward in his chair and was dead before the arrival of a physician.
Mr. Guss was the fourth Representative and the sixth legislator to die during the 1956-57 legislative year. He was a candidate for re-election in Juniata County, his opponent being Lester H. Zimmerman, a Mifflintown Republican.
Mr. Guss was born at Mifflin on Oct. 9, 1897, a son of Edward M. and Sally Waldsmith Guss. He was educated in the public schools at Mifflin and was a graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science at Philadelphia. He established a funeral home at Mifflintown in 1924 and still conducted the business at the time of his death.
The lawmaker first entered the political field when he became coroner of Juniata County in 1928. He continued, as coroner until 1944. Just after leaving school, and before going to college, Mr. Guss had been employed briefly at the Standard Steel Works Division at Burnham and also in the shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Mifflin.
Mr. Guss was married to the former Susan Grace Heisey on Aug. 18, 1926. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Karl Edward and E. Milton at home, a daughter, Mrs. William (Suzanne) Heckert, Lewistown, and a sister, Mrs. Tilden (Juniata) Sheesley of Mifflintown, a granddaughter is living.
Mr. Guss was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Mifflintown, a charter member of the Mifflin Fire Company and the Rotary Club of Mifflintown, the Union Lodge 324 of Free and Accepted Masons, Harrisburg Consistory, Zembo Temple, Tall Cedars of Lebanon 88, the Scottish Rite Club, Mifflintown Fire Company, and the District State and National Funeral Directors Associations.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 20th, at 2 p. m., in the Funeral Home, where he and his son have been associated in the funeral business.'
Between Saturday noon time and hour for the service, more than 2,000 persons paid their respects.
Dr. Paul W. DeLauter used sections from Psalms, Proverbs, and the Gospels. He based his remarks on our citizenship as Ambassadors from God, and the type of representation we can furnish. Speaking of Mr. Guss, he said--"All his public career he met people ÑHe never was too big to - be a friend to anyone in needÑHe maintained His individualityÑHe wanted to do good."
The Honor Guard was composed of members of The House of Representatives and also fellow members of the Funeral Directors Association.
Active bearers were: Ralph Potter, Homer Smith, Clinton Bashore, Kenneth Weimer, B1air Hostetler, David Suloff, Orthus McCracken, Thomas Shearer. # Interment was made in Presbyterian Cemetery. Date: 30 Apr 2006