Douglas Wayne John Gooselaw

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Douglas Wayne John Gooselaw, 70, of Bozeman, passed away on the evening of June 17, 2015, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Doug was born in St. Vincent, Minnesota, on Nov. 27, 1944, to Lawrence and Lorraine Gooselaw. Doug spent his childhood and high school years in St. Vincent, where he graduated from Warren High School in 1962. Following graduation, Doug earned a BA in German and English from Bemidji State in Minnesota, followed by a MA degree in German from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He then accepted a teaching position at Benedict College in South Carolina where he taught for seven years. After leaving South Carolina, Doug returned to Texas and taught at a community college near Houston. His next teaching move took him to USC Los Angeles where he taught three courses in the Letters, Arts and Sciences until 1982. During this time, Doug worked on his PhD, completing everything but his dissertation. Between 1982-1985 Doug spent time living in Germany, and when he later settled in Los Angeles he became fluent in Spanish and worked in the Amnesty Program, translating documents for determining origin of citizenship.

Doug later put his life on hold to return to Montana to be with his parents and aid them during their declining years, believing the quote from Matthew 6:21 "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." He was a truly devoted son.

As a passionate citizen of the Bozeman community, Doug spent years volunteering for the American Red Cross and made friends everywhere he went. Doug was loved and respected by his friends and he will be missed by many. Anyone who knew Doug, knew he was an extraordinary historian and he loved to share stories and his love for history with his family and friends.

Doug is survived by his sister Connie Coombs of Philipsburg; sister Mary Stockburger (Don) of Three Forks, nephew Joe Coombs (Emily) of Bozeman; nephew Greg Stockburger (Susan) of Three Forks; niece Joyce Dobb (Steve) of Sheridan; nephew Jerry Short (Sandi) of Gillette, Wyoming; niece Joan Holzer (Mike) of Gillette, Wyoming; many great nieces and nephews; dear friend Debbie Smith of Bozeman; dear friend John Berget of Minnesota; dear friend Leo of Belgrade; and dear friend Cody Jumpingwolf of Minnesota.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents Lorraine and Lawrence Gooselaw, sister and brother-in-law Francis and Robert Short; sister and brother-in-law Lois and Dick Heuring; niece Valerie Heuring; nephew Wayne Heuring; and brother-in-law Darrel Coombs.

A graveside service will take place on Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Three Forks. Friends of Doug are invited to attend.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 21, 2015
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