Robert M. (Bob) Gossett
March 26, 1923 - April 21, 2014
Bob had an exceptional Easter Sunday enjoying time with his sons, Steve and Chuck Gossett, daughter-in-law, Paula Gossett, and his primary caregiver, Barbara Allen. He enjoyed seeing pictures of his grandchildren, some laughs, food, and conversation. He passed the next morning, April 21st. At 91, Dad retained his humor and the wisdom he gained through an active and productive life journey—he was blessed.
Bob was born on March 26, 1923 in Nampa, Idaho, the son of Clara and Charlie C. Gossett, former Idaho governor. He was raised on their farm south of Nampa, and was a graduate of Nampa High School, Boise Junior College, and the University of Idaho in Business. He was a passionate BSU alum and Bronco Booster. He did not inherit the desire to farm or raise livestock, although he embraced a keen passion for having fun, working hard, and nurturing his entrepreneurial spirit. Bob loved to fish and hunt with his German Shorthaired dogs, a passion that was passed down to his eldest son, Chuck. His lifelong studies included the Sales profession, and while in college he recruited and trained sales associates for a national cookware company. His people skills served him very well in life.
Bob enlisted in the Naval Air Corps and was trained as a pilot, flying both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during World War II. Upon returning stateside, he spent a year smoke jumping for the Forest Service out of McCall. Flying became his primary passion. He was a member of flying clubs and owned multiple aircraft throughout his life. We enjoyed many flights to Idaho's backcountry to fish, camp, and even swim with moose. His Cessna P210 was his last plane and represented his most prized material possession. It was ideal for his cross-country flights, especially to Laguna Beach to spend time with his loving wife Barbara. His immediate family often joked that we would fly anywhere with dad, but were reluctant to be a passenger with him behind the wheel.
Dad found joy in building businesses over the years, but his business accounting software enterprise, Cougar Mountain Software (CMS), was very special to him. Some 32 years ago, he had a vision of combining the power of the computer with the accounting needs of business. At the age of 62, CMS was incorporated, became a national competitor, and remains a second generation employer in Boise. Dad enjoyed blending business with pleasure by taking passengers (including business partners and employees) for "low elevation flights" over central Idaho and the Sawtooths. Those introductions to flying resulted in some passengers subsequently becoming pilots. He was revered by many employees over the years. Bob was a very kind and generous man, appreciative of friends, workers, caretakers, and family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, our mother (and grandmother), Ardis Elaine Cummings, as well as his brother, Wyatt Gossett. He later married his friend of many decades, Barbara Craig. They embraced a bi-state marriage and despite the inability to travel as they aged, retained a loving relationship. Barbara still resides in California. He is also survived by his two sons, Steven and Charles (Chuck), his beloved daughter-in-law Paula, two grandchildren, Camille R. Parker (Andrew) and Andy Gossett (Jodee), and three great grand-children, Ellie Ann Parker, Myles Gossett, and Ayden Gossett. Dad's younger brother Elmer Gossett continues to reside in Nampa.
A celebration of Bob Gossett's life will be held at the Barber Park Event Center, at 4049 S. Eckert Rd. Boise, 83716 at 2:00 PM, Sunday May 18th, under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel
5400 Fairview Avenue Boise, ID 83706
Published in Idaho Statesman from May 9 to May 11, 2014