GOSS, Jackson W.
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1923-2013 Jackson W. Goss of Jupiter, Florida, has passed away aged 90, after a long life of service, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Jack was born in Lamar, Missouri, in the same house where President Harry Truman had been born 39 years before. He married his wife Anne in 1946 upon his return from service in World War II, and they have been partners ever since. Jack enlisted in the Army in 1942 at the age of 18, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States' entry into the War. In 1943, at the tender age of 19, he graduated from Officer's Candidate School as a Second Lieutenant. He joined the 99th Infantry Division, which served in the Battle of the Bulge. During that battle his command held the line and never gave up one inch of ground. At 20, Jack was promoted to Captain. Jack's battalion also participated in the Ruhr Pocket campaign, and helped capture the Remagen Bridge. He was in the first unit to cross the Danube River toward the end of combat in 1945. After the war, he remained with the occupation forces in Germany, where he was assigned to the security of the War Crimes Commission in Nuremberg, Germany. For his outstanding service during World War II, Jack was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, French Fourre de Guerre, Belgian Fourre de Guente, and the Presidential Unit Commendation badge. A modest man, Jack spoke little of his wartime experiences, though he never forgot his fallen comrades. After the War, Jack went to work for The Kansas City Star, in their national advertising department, eventually moving to the newspaper's New York office, where he developed contacts in the financial community. He joined The George Putnam Funds of Boston, in time becoming President of Putnam Fund Distributors and a partner of The Putnam Management Company. When The Putnam Funds were sold, Jack resigned and became President of Investor Mortgage Insurance Co, which he helped build into a $6 billion insurance operation. He then joined an investment management organization in Boston where he managed over $1.6 billion for institutional investors. In 1989 Jack decided to retire, and he and Anne moved to Florida. Quickly becoming bored with retirement, he went back into the investment management business, working solely for his family, with no outside accounts. Over the years he and Anne have given generously to several health organizations, and have shown a special interest in encouraging and helping young people to become investors and entrepreneurs. He was a founding trustee of The Anne Goss Foundation, with his wife, Anne, who continues his legacy. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tequesta. A graveside service will be held following at Riverside Memorial Park in Tequesta. In lieu of flowers Mrs. Goss has asked that those who wish to honor Jack please make a donation to their favorite charity. To express your condolences you may visit www.taylorandmodeen.com
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, 2013