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Paul Wass was an Indiana County political figure who served for 14 years as a Representative from the 62nd Legislative District. Born on July 7, 1925 in Iselin, Paul was a son of immigrants, Metro and Sophie Wass. One of nine children, Wass graduated from Elders Ridge Vocational High School. His early work life began as a farmhand at the Indiana County Home, a tire builder at McCreary’s Tire & Rubber Company, and a manager at Oakland Cemetery. Throughout most of his adult life, Wass was active in the Republican party and supported a number of local campaigns. In the late 1960s, Wass was elected Indiana. He went on to serve as County Treasurer, and County Commissioner. His most notable election was to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Wass was married to Ilean Mears. The couple had one daughter.
After retiring from public service, Paul and Ilean operated J & J Funnel Cakes, a food-stand business that they had built. It was a popular fixture at the Indiana County Fair and other area gatherings. Wass was actively involved in numerous local charities and organizations. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Homer City.