Malcolm H. Goosey Jr. (1927 - 2008)

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Malcolm Hayes Goosey Jr., 81, of Bozeman passed away Dec. 1, 2008, in Billings from complications associated with Parkinson's disease. Mal was born in Big Timber on Nov. 22, 1927, to Malcolm and Edna Goosey.

Mal spent his early years in Big Timber until his family moved to the Oregon coast where his father was the foreman for the construction of a dirigible hangar during World War II. The family returned to Big Timber after the war, and Mal finished his senior year at Sweet Grass County High School in 1946. He then spent 18 months in the Army serving in Japan.

Mal married Hazel Wheeler in Big Timber on July 15, 1948, and together they had four daughters.

In 1952, Mal graduated from Montana State College in Bozeman with a degree in engineering physics. He then accepted a position with E.I. DuPont at the Savannah River Plant and Laboratory in Aiken, S.C., where he spent his entire career working primarily in the fields of nuclear instrumentation and robotics. He retired from DuPont on Dec. 31, 1986.

Mal married Frances Wren in Augusta, Ga., on May 14, 1983. Mal and Frances moved to Bozeman in early 1987, where they have spent the past 21 years enjoying life in Montana with activities including fishing, golfing, and travel trailer trips.

Mal always had an interest in geology, and shortly after moving to Bozeman, he began taking all the courses he could in both geology and earth science. He enjoyed astronomy and spent many evenings exploring the night skies with his telescope. Mal also revived his interest in ham radio; he had acquired his first license in 1948 while a student at Montana State, and in 1993 he acquired a new license and held the call sign N7GS. Mal was especially interested in low-power Morse code communications, and he enjoyed mentoring middle-school ham radio club students as well as participating in radio communications for various events in the Bozeman area. Mal leaves behind many cherished friends in the Gallatin Ham Radio Club community.

Mal is survived by his wife, Frances Goosey of Bozeman; his mother, Edna Goosey of Big Timber; his former wife and dear friend, Hazel Goosey of Polson; daughters, Shannon (Alan) Hay of Aiken, S.C., Lianne Petersen of Polson, Lauren (Ronnie) Hall of Trenton, S.C., and Dianne (Kelly) Courage of Lolo; grandchildren, Alan (Michelle) Hay of Aiken, S.C., Brandon (Amanda) Hall of Trenton, S.C., Abigail (Trevor) Schenk of Laramie, Wyo., Bethany Petersen of Houston, Texas, Lena Petersen of Polson, Jenna (Dan) Kaufmann of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Michael Courage of Lolo; and great-grandchildren, Abby Hay and Chandler Gaines of Aiken, S.C. He is also survived by his sister, Nola (Roger Faw) Goosey of Big Timber; brothers, Bob (June) Goosey of Hartland, Mich., Erin (Sue) Goosey of Naples, Fla., and Kelly (Patty) Goosey of Hamilton; sisters-in-law, Viola (John) Haagensen of Fruitland, Idaho, Carolyn Hawkins of Savannah, Ga., and Susan (Gordon) Spencer of Augusta, Ga.; and brothers-in-law, Homer (Betty) Wheeler of Newport, Wash., and Lee Wren of Atlanta, Ga.

Mal was preceded in death by his father, Malcolm Goosey Sr.; his brother, Jim Goosey; and his son-in-law, John Petersen.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at Bozeman United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Attn.: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780; or to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2008
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