Delbert Gossi (1926 - 2016)

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Delbert Ellis Gossi
Feb. 17, 1926 - Sept. 11, 2016
Delbert Ellis Gossi, 90, of Cascade, Idaho, passed away at home on Sept. 11, 2016.
Delbert was born in Clayton, Idaho, on the East Fork of the Salmon River on Feb. 17, 1926, to Louie L. and Ada (Papworth) Gossi. Delbert was the second oldest son, having lost a brother (Harold Lewis Gossi) at birth. His family lived in a house his father built in Clayton, and Delbert attended school through the 8th grade, which was as far as you could attend there. He was always proud of the fact that his mother was on the school board, and his Aunt Eva was a school teacher. In May of this year, Delbert received an honorary high school diploma from Cascade High School.
Delbert's younger years in Idaho were spent salmon fishing, floating down the Salmon River, and horseback riding up along the mountain ridges with his siblings, Lola, Tom, Babe (Phillip), and his cousins. Delbert always had a rifle with him but didn't really like killing deer. He worked as a ranch hand and also salvaged ice from the Salmon River to sell to tourists during the summers in Stanley, Idaho.
In May of 1941 his father signed a two-year contract with Morrison-Knudsen to build underground fuel storage in Honolulu, Hawaii. Louie sent money for the whole family to join him in Hawaii. They drove to Mackay, Idaho, caught a train to San Francisco and boarded the luxury liner S. S. Lurline for the seven-day cruise. Delbert talked about the great time they all had on the cruise ship. They arrived in Honolulu on Thanksgiving Day, 1941.
One of the most memorable events of Delbert's life occurred shortly thereafter on December 7th when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Vivid details of the attack and aftermath were etched in his mind forever. Delbert received his social security card there at age 15 and was hired to help clean up Hickam Air Force Base. The family was soon evacuated back to the mainland. They lived for a while in Richmond, Calif., all of them working in the shipyards before eventually returning to Idaho.
Since Delbert liked the ocean and was not 18 yet, his parents signed him up for the U. S. Merchant Marines/Coast Guard. He set sail back to Hawaii and the Marianna Islands and was on a ship for nine months sailing from Brisbane, Australia, to Manila, Philippines, moving military supplies. When his ship returned to San Francisco, Delbert returned to Idaho. It was then he received a draft notice to report to the U.S. Army. He spent two years in South Korea as a sergeant in charge of the motor pool and was honorably discharged in 1947 receiving the World War II Victory Medal. He served in the reserves until he was inducted again in January 1951. Again he served our country during the Korean Era and received his honorable discharge in January 1953. He also served in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1956. Delbert received his pilot's license after he was out of the service. He was very proud to have served his country, and his family has been grateful and honored to remember him as a veteran each year.
Delbert met his future wife, Peggy Jean Fouts, at Bing's Dance Hall on Highway 55 in Boise. He described driving his new blue 1949 Ford sedan back and forth in front of the Pinney Theater in Boise where Peggy worked, just to catch a glimpse of her. They were married on March 19, 1951, in Tacoma, Wash., anticipating Delbert's orders to go to Germany. His orders were changed, and they transferred to Camp Stoneman in Pittsburg, Calif. They liked to dance, have dinner with friends, go to the beach, tour shipyards and visit relatives in California and Idaho.
Delbert loved the outdoors and started logging with his father. He soon began his own logging business and purchased his first Kenworth truck in 1966. He hauled timber into Producer's Lumber Company in Boise in the early years and also worked out of Burley, Horseshoe Bend, Stibnite, Yellow Pine and Cascade. Cascade became home, and Delbert and Peggy loved the community and the life they had there. They were elected Grand Marshals of the Fourth of July parade in Cascade one year. When his logging days slowed down, Delbert enjoyed hauling scrap and spending time at his scrapyard on the river. It was a great hobby for him, and he loved the views of the river, its wildlife and the mountains surrounding it.
Delbert's interests included collecting silver dollars and old coins, marbles, and military memorabilia. He loved taking trips to Nevada, playing poker with local friends and watching old western movies and the history channel. He loved to dance and up until just recently, a Johnny Cash song would always get him out on the dance floor. His daughters and granddaughters loved dancing with him. In his younger years, he liked ice fishing and snowmobiling. Delbert's absolute main love was for his wife and family. He reminisced often about his parents and the good old times. He had a close relationship with extended family and often mentioned that his aunts, uncles and cousins always felt more like brothers and sisters to him while growing up. He loved being with family and looked forward to family gatherings in Clayton and Challis, especially Memorial Day weekends.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Tom Gossi. He lost Peggy, his beloved wife of 65 years, on July 13, 2016. Broken Heart Syndrome is a very real disease. Delbert's surviving children are Susan and Jerry Folger, their children and grandchildren, Derek and Jen Folger and daughter Florence; Lindsey and Brian Etchison and daughter Jane; Kara and Darrin Carlson and daughter Allie; Doug and Deedee Gossi, their children C.W. and Marina White, Corbin White and Deven Gossi, and grandchildren, Jordyn White, Casen White and Bryson Benton; Sally Gossi and her daughter Molly Bradford; Jill and Cody Huddleston and their daughters Erin, Kylie Jo and Jacie. Delbert is also survived by his sister Lola Coates from Mackay and his brother Babe Gossi from Hagerman, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Gee Whiz, Grandad, we're going to miss you.
A military funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2016, at the American Legion Hall Post #60, 105 E. Mill Street, Cascade, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Tom Gossi Community Center, P. O. Box 33, Clayton, Idaho 83227.

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Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, 2016
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