Goss, Frank Hammond DALLAS -- Frank Hammond Goss, 87, passed away in Dallas on Monday, April 14, 2014. Service: Private entombment in Greenwood Mausoleum, Fort Worth. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in memory of Frank Goss to the General Scholarship Fund at Philmont Scout Ranch, Attention: Steve Nelson, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, N.M. 87714. Frank was born Feb. 6, 1927, to Janice Hammond Goss and Henry Frank Goss in Houston. In 1941, Frank earned his Eagle Scout and graduated in 1944 from Ingleside High School as salutatorian. The following fall he entered the University of Texas where he played first chair trumpet in the Longhorn Marching Band. At the completion of his freshman year, he volunteered to serve in the United States Navy. Following World War II, in June 1946 he was honorably discharged and entered Rice Institute to complete his degree. At Rice, Frank met his wonderful wife, Penny. They married in July 1950. Frank's career took the family to several locations but ultimately located them in Fort Worth in 1971. A resident of Fort Worth for 36 years, Frank was active in many areas of life. Working for Graduation Services, Frank called on colleges and universities to provide graduation invitations, class rings, diplomas and yearbooks. He loved the school personnel whom he serviced and built many long-lasting friendships. Later in life, Frank pursued an interest in commercial real estate and ranch management, completing the Ranch Management Program at TCU in 1980. In addition, he and Penny owned and operated two retail stores, The Holding Company and Penn Station, both located on Camp Bowie Boulevard for over 10 years. Always an avid lover of art, he loved working for a number of years as a docent at the Amon Carter Museum where he shared his passion for art. Simultaneously, he served with the nursing staff at Baylor All Saints as a family coordinator in the surgery waiting area. He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where he enjoyed serving and worshipping. He was a former member of Colonial Country Club and The Petroleum Club and a board member of the Tarrant County Historical Society and Tarrant County Lighthouse for the Blind. After Penny's death in 2007, Frank moved to Dallas in 2008 to be closer to his grandchildren. He resided in the beautiful community of Edgemere where he made many friends, served in the library and sang in the choir. His grandsons were his delight and he loved every minute as their "Pappy." Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Patricia "Penny" Penn Goss. Survivors: Sister and brother-in-law, Martha Ann and George McGonigle of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Kelley and Doug Maxwell; and grandsons, Riley and Casey Maxwell of Dallas.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 16, 2014