Goss, Gary Donald Sr. ROCKWALL, TX / SAN DIEGO, CA -- Gary Donald Goss Sr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, great-great- grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully on June 1, 2013, after an extended illness. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on December 22, 1929, to Ervin and Stella Goss. He attended Louisiana State University
and served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War
. He was also an ordained Baptist minister. He married Dixie Rae Efferson on December 6, 1949, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They had four children and eventually settled in San Diego, California, where he worked for the Union Tribune Publishing Company. He was hired in 1961 as the Industrial Relations Manager, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 1977 and to Vice President-General Manager in 1983. He retired from the newspaper in December of 1989. His first wife Dixie passed away in 1983 and he married his second wife, Wayne Barksdale Long, on March 16, 1984. Upon his retirement from the newspaper, he and his wife, Wayne, moved from San Diego to Rockwall, Texas, where they enjoyed a life of retirement. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling. He also served as President of the Shores Homeowners Association and as a member of the Rockwall Tax Board, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Post of Rockwall. He is survived by his wife, Wayne Barksdale Goss of Rockwall, Texas; children, Gary Donald Goss, Jr. (Jackie), Sue Ellen Alari (Art) and Julie Kay Taube (Karl); stepchildren Dennis Long (Julia) and Nanci Long; brother Ervin L. Goss (Anne); sister JoAnne Wasson (Jim); brother Charles A. Goss (Judy). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife Dixie Rae Goss, daughter Cathy Wiemer, and parents Ervin and Stella Goss. The family will always be grateful to doctors, Frank Brancaccio, MD and Greg Muns, MD; to caregivers and nurses Vicki Allan, Nora Matthews and Kim Renfro; to Mary Ann Reader of American Home Hospice and all of the staff at Beacon Harbor Rehabilitation Facility. A memorial service will be held at Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rockwall, Texas, on June 20th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to Red Bird Mission: Clinton United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 148, Clinton, Louisiana, 70722, or a charitable organization of your choice. The Red Bird Mission is a charitable organization that assists needy families throughout the south.