Arthur W. Goss

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May 3, 2010

Arthur W. Goss, 83, passed away Monday, May 3, 2010, at the Timber Ridge Nursing Center, Plains Township. Arthur, or Artie, as he was affectionately known to his family and friends, was born in Harveyville, Pa., on January 28, 1927. He was one of four children born to Margaret (James) and Harold R. Goss. As a young man, Arthur was no stranger to hard work. He worked in the woods as a lumber jack and also worked for Ricketts Glen State Park. He truly loved the out of doors. Artie loved to hunt and fish, and the quiet of the woods. Arthur attended Huntington Mills High School, and during his senior year he decided to join the military and help his country during the World War II efforts. Thus, he joined the U.S. Army and became a certified tank operator and gunner of the 752nd tank battalion. He served in Italy during part of his tenure and became a decorated veteran. Arthur was also a man of faith; he acted as secretary and driver to the battalion chaplain and aided his fellow soldiers on this special level. During the war, Arthur received letters from his beloved friend, Elizabeth. After his honorable discharge in 1947, he returned home to court this woman of his affections. In December of 1949, they were wed. To the honor and praise of the commitment of marriage, Arthur and Elizabeth celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December of 2009. Arthur and Elizabeth moved from the mountains down to the city of Philadelphia and then to the suburbs of Wyncote, Pa. There they raised three boys, Drew, Scott, and Herdic, and were loved by many friends. Arthur worked for S.K.F. until he made a career at the United States Postal Service. Arthur retired from the postal service in 1987 after 30 years of service. As a mail carrier, and later as a supervisor, Arthur knew and assisted so many people and was well loved by all who knew him. He was a man who could never say "no" to someone in need. Arthur was always involved with church activities, even serving as a Deacon at the Glenside Baptist Church. Up in the Red Rock Mountain area of Bethel Hill, Pa., Arthur and Elizabeth built the home of their dreams. Upon retirement, they moved to this lovely home. Here, Arthur was an active member of the Bethel Hill Methodist Church. He took so much pride in caring for the church's cemetery and cared for it the same way he did his own property. On almost any summer day, you could count on finding Artie, on his John Deere, mowing and mowing. Arthur always made himself available for the needs of others. His smile and fun-loving nature was always a comfort to those around him. Arthur and Elizabeth moved to Wilkes-Barre in the more recent years, but their hearts remained on Bethel Hill. This is where Arthur will find his final resting place, in the cemetery that he cared for so well. In addition to his ever-faithful wife, Elizabeth, Arthur's family includes three adoring sisters, Dorothy Rosencrance and her husband, Peter, both predeceased, of Shickshinny; Annabelle Peahota Carson, wife of Gerald Carson, of Philadelphia; and Loretta Margulies and her husband, Sanford, of Ocala, Fla. Arthur's children include three boys, Drew A. Goss, husband of Maggie, of Schnecksville, Pa.; Scott W. Goss, husband of Mary Ann, of Wyncote, Pa.; Herdic D. Goss, husband of Lori, of Madison, N.H. Arthur loved seven grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Megan, Ethan, Emily, Jessica, Joshua and Nathaniel; and also two great-grandchildren. There will be a family-only graveside committal service on Saturday, May 8, 2010. at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Bethel Hill Methodist Church, c/o Carl Harrison, 30 Jackson Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656, or the . Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek.

Published in Times Leader on May 6, 2010
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