Goss Sr., John Howard


September 29, 1946 – October 11, 2013

John Howard Goss Sr., 67, passed away on October 11, 2013, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Tex. He lost his battle with malignant melanoma after 19 years. John was born to Howard Wesley Goss and Viola Elizabeth Osowski in Winona, Minn., on September 29, 1946.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia O’Laughlin Goss and children: sons John Goss Jr., (Kathleen) and James Goss (Kendra); daughter, Shannon Goss Hays (Tracey); grandchildren: John III and Charles Goss, Kaylee and Peyton Goss and Kathleen and Gracie Johnson; brother, Michael Goss (Marcia), sister, Kayleen Goss Arneson (David), and nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Cotter High School, class of 1964, and St. Mary’s University (BA) class of 1969. He joined the Navy in 1966 and received his Commission in 1968. While on active duty, he received his MPA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Following military service, John worked for Donaldson Company, Inc. in Bloomington, Minn. In 1977, he joined Solar Turbines, Inc. a Caterpillar Company, in San Diego, Calif. His positions in sales and marketing management took him, and his family, to numerous cities in the United States, plus Singapore.

John retired in 2002 and, with his wife Patti, traveled the United States and part of Canada in their motor home before settling in Texas. In retirement, he volunteered as a tax consultant for AARP.

His hobbies, over many years, included; motorcycles, camping, boating on the Mississippi River, the Pacific Ocean, the Intercoastal Waterway of Tex., and his Corvette. John was also an avid reader.

Our family requests donations be made to ‘Toys For Tots.’ He was a great believer in that organization and its mission.

Over our many years, John especially enjoyed the vacations with our children and grandchildren. We are so lucky to have been part of his life.

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