Obit: Gosse, Edward R. #2 (1924 - 2014)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Gosse, Henschel, Suda, Mynatt, Schaefer, Strathman, Frey, Peterson, Martz, Wells, Niemi, Kilpanen, Kowalski

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co, WI) 8/20/2014

Gosse, Edward R. (6 January 1924 - 17 August 2014) With Flag

Edward R. Gosse, 90, of Owen passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at the Clark County Health Care Center. He was born Jan. 6, 1924, in the Township of Warner, the son of Earnest and Mary (Henschel) Gosse. Ed attended Longwood Grade School and was a 1943 graduate of Owen High School he was drafted into the U. S. Army as a private in March of 1943. His mother accepted his diploma from Owen High School that May in his absence. Like so many families, he was one of four brothers who served their country during WWII.

Edward began basic training at Camp Bunter, NC, with the 768th Infantry lightning Division, where he became a medic with the 310th Infantry Medical Detachment. When Germany invaded France, the 78th Division was stripped, leaving behind enough men to form another division. Edward was part of the later group, which shipped out of Camp Kilmer, NJ, in October of 1944. Edward was honorably discharge with the rank of staff sergeant Feb. 3, 1946.

In addition to the Purple Heart medal received at the Battle of the Bulge, he received the Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon; The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, along with three Bronze Battle Stars and two Overseas Service Bars and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his return to the states, he helped out on his parents’ farm.

Edward married Frances Suda May 8, 1948, and they raised nine children on a dairy farm south of Longwood. He retired from farming in 1997. In addition to running a successful dairy operation, he served as the chairman for the Township of Longwood for 10 years and as a Clark County Supervisor for eight years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #238 in Greenwood and the Owen American Legion Post #123. Edward enjoyed farming and gardening.

Ed will be sadly missed by his children, David (Vita) Gosse of Owen, Eddie (Connie) Gosse of Kenosha, Ronnie (Anne) Gosse of Marathon City, Judith (George) Mynatt of Green Valle, AZ, Cathy (Jay)Schaefer of Manchaca, TX, Nancy Gosse of Withee, Lisa Strathman of Owen and Michael (Sra) Gosse of Merrill; grandchildren, Ryan Gosse, Alex Gosse, Zachary Schaefer, Brianna Schaefer, Amanda Martz, Devon Gosse, Erica Frey and Anthony Frey; great-grandchildren, Garrin Gosse, Raya Rose Gosse, Caleb Peterson and Cari Martz; son-in-law, Troy Frey; and brother, Lavern Gosse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cindy Frey; three brothers, Gerhardt Gosse, Harold Gosse and Sherman Gosse; and three sisters, Margaret Wells, Adeline Niemi and Gertrude Kilpanen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 23, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen. Father Janusz Kowalski will officiate. Burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery with military honors provided by the Owen American Legion Post #123. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial can be made to the American Legion Post #238 of Greenwood or the Owen American Legion Post #123.

Family and friends may express condolences online at  The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.



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