Gary Donald Goss Sr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully on June 1, 2013, following an extended illness.
He was born in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 22, 1929, to Ervin and Stella Goss. Mr. Goss attended Louisiana State University and served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was also an ordained Baptist minister. Mr. Goss married Dixie Rae Efferson on Dec. 6, 1949, in Baton Rouge, La. They had four children and eventually settled in San Diego, Calif., where he worked for Union Tribune Publishing Co. Then in 1961 he became the Industrial Relations manager and was promoted to assistant general manager in 1977. He became general manager and vice president of the newspaper in 1983, where he remained until his retirement in December 1989. His first wife, Dixie, passed away in 1983; and he married his second wife, Wayne Barksdale Long, on March 16, 1984.
Upon Mr. Goss’ retirement from the newspaper, he and his wife, Wayne, moved from San Diego to Rockwall where they enjoyed a life of retirement. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling. Mr. Goss also served as president of The Shores Homeowners Association and the Rockwall Tax Board for several years, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Post of Rockwall.
He is survived by his wife, Wayne B. Goss of Rockwall; children Gary Donald Goss Jr. and wife Jackie, Sue Ellen Alari and husband Art and Julie Kay Taube and husband Karl; stepchildren Dennis Long and wife Julia and Nanci Long; brother Ervin L. Goss and wife Anne; sister JoAnne Wasson and husband Jim; brother Charles Goss and wife Judy; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dixie Goss; daughter Cathy Weimer; and by his parents, Ervin and Stella Goss.
The family will always be grateful to the doctors, Frank Brancaccio and Gregory Muns, and the caregivers and nurses who cared for Mr. Goss; Vickie Allen, Nora Matthews, Kim Renfro and Mary Ann Reeder of American Home Hospice; and all the staff of Beacon Harbor Rehabilitation facility.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., June 20, at Rest Haven Funeral Home–Rockwall Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Red Bird Mission: Clinton United Methodist Church, PO Box 148, Clinton, La., 70722, or to a charitable organization of choice. The Red Bird Mission is a charitable organization that assists needy families throughout the south.
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  June 13, 2013