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Joseph M. Gose

Jan 14, 2014 - Staff

Joseph M. Gose died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He was 99 years old.

Services were Sunday, Jan. 12, in Decatur, Texas, with burial following at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Decatur, Texas.

Joseph Monk Gose was born Sept. 28, 1914, in Alvord, Texas, the son of Joseph Martin Gose, M.D., and Stella (Monk) Gose.

He married Clara Harriet Volz, and they had four children, Roger Lamar Gose, M.D., Sylvia Jo Gose (deceased), Frank Joseph Gose, Ed.D., and Martha Ann Gose (deceased).

He lived most of his life in San Antonio, Texas, where he taught shop at Brackenridge High School, was principal of Harry Rogers Junior High School and served as an administrator with the San Antonio school district.

A talented craftsman, he built a home for his mother in Corpus Christi, Texas, designed and constructed an elaborate fort for his Wyoming grandchildren and generated several inventions.

After he retired, his family said he enjoyed being in the outdoors, especially with his grandchildren Roger Jr., Ben and Leah. Together they often hiked his beloved Three Mountain property in the Texas hill country. When he was in his 80s, he hiked the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming with his grandsons, fishing, carrying a backpack and sleeping on the ground with the "boys."

After his wife's death, he married Billie Stallings who preceded him in death in 2008. He moved to Riverton in 2008.

His family said he was a loving husband, a caring father and the world's best grandfather.

He is survived by his sons Roger and his wife Barbara and Frank and his wife Sandra; grandchildren Roger Jr., Ben and his wife Susan and Leah Gose; and great-grandchildren Matthew Roger, Lillian Martha, William Joseph and Gage Evan.

Memorials may be made to the Gose Health Science Scholarship at Central Wyoming College in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501, or to the Stained Glass Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, P.O. Box 302, Decatur, TX 76234.

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