EDGAR ALFRED GOSSE

Edgar Alfred Gosse, age 92 of Sheboygan Falls, WI, passed away to be with his valentine on Sunday, February 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

Edgar was born on September 30, 1925 in rural Sheboygan Falls, the only child of the late Rueben and Ida (Rackow) Gosse.

He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1943. Besides helping on the family farm, he participated in track and field and played guitar in a band. Edgar completed a four-year apprenticeship in the employ of Andrew Houwers Construction at the trade of carpentry. He was a precision carpenter who built his only home from start to finish.

Edgar continued his work in the carpentry industry as an expeditor for Great Lakes Homes then worked at American Chair and Nemschoff Chair before joining Donahue and Associates. In 1987, Edgar retired from Donahue and Associates as a field engineer.

On April 12, 1951, he married June Keppler at Zion Evangelical and Reformed

Church in Sheboygan. Prior to their first date, Edgar wrote and mailed June, a school teacher near his homestead, a letter to introduce himself. Their first date on April 12, 1945 later became their wedding anniversary. Shortly after uniting in marriage, Edgar was deployed to serve in the United States Army in Germany.

After retirement, Edgar worked for many years at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush transporting tourists with a horse-drawn wagon. Horses and animals in general were a passion of his from his younger days on the farm. He took great pride in working with the many teams of draft horses.

He was an active church member at Zion Evangelical Covenant Church in Sheboygan. He served on the consistory and sang tenor in the senior choir for over 60 years. June and Edgar also belonged to a social club of church couples called Merry Mates. Also, he was on the planning committees of his high school class reunions as well as a long-time member of the American Legion Post #149 in Sheboygan Falls.

Edgar’s hobbies included daily Bible reading, donating blood, singing solos for weddings and funerals, gardening, hunting and fishing with his sons, bird watching and traveling throughout Wisconsin with his wife and children. He could build or fix just about anything; a real “Mr. Fix- It!”. Edgar was an avid sports fan who faithfully supported the Packers, Brewers and Bucks. He especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren excel at many different sports and also attending their choral and band concerts. Edgar was always a gentle and selfless husband, father, grandfather and friend. He cherished all holidays and family gatherings which included many memories at the cottage on Horseshoe Lake.

Edgar is survived by his children: Ruth (Kevin) Raeder of Sheboygan Falls and William (Debra) Gosse of Green Bay; Daughter-in-law: Penny (Gosse) Wieser (Jim) of Plymouth; Nine grandchildren: Kristine (Peter) Worth, Julie Raeder; Aaron, Jared, Noah, Adam and Caleb Gosse; Skyler and Cooper Gosse; One sister-inlaw: Helen Keppler; One nephew: Philip (Denise) Aigner; One great niece and nephew: Nola and Nate Aigner.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, June, who he faithfully cared for until her passing; His parents; One son: John Gosse; Sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Virginia and Willard Aigner; Brothers-in-law: Arnold Keppler Jr. and John Keppler; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Zion Evangelical Covenant Church at 1125 North Sixth Street in Sheboygan. Pastor Chris McKnight will officiate. Burial will be in the Wildwood Cemetery in Sheboygan. Friends may call the church on Sunday at 2:00 PM until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Edgar’s name.

Military Rites will be accorded by Fredericks-Mueller-Norgard American Legion Post #149 of Sheboygan Falls on Monday at Wildwood Cemetery in Sheboygan.

Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

Edgar’s family would like to sincerely thank the caregivers at Countryside Manor Assisted Living, the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Sharing Closet and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.


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