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Edward Goss

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Goss, Edward R.

Ed Goss, age 83, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012, with his loving family at his side. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI, on June 19, 1929, the son of the late Edward J. Goss and Mae Anderson. On January 28, 1956, Ed married Kathryn Mary Simon at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. Kathryn preceded him in death on January 2, 1994. Ed was a graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School, Sturgeon Bay, WI, where he played football, basketball and baseball. After graduation, he sailed the Great Lakes as a Merchant Seaman until he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1948. He was discharged in September of 1952, as a Staff Sergeant. He was a veteran of the Korean War and played four years of service football. He is a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, lifetime member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans. After the Marines, Ed played one year for the old Wausau Muskies football team. He then went back to the Great Lakes as a seaman. In 1955, he entered the University of Wisconsin under the GI Bill. Ed graduated with honors in June of 1959, and received his Masters Degree in 1960. He taught physical education, health and drivers educations in Omro. He coached football, track and started the wrestling program. He was especially proud of the 1963 Championship football team and 1964 Championship track team. Ed left in 1967 to teach and coach at Appleton Xavier High School. After one year he took a job at Kickapoo High School in Viola, WI. He taught health, drivers education and was the school's athletic director. He coached football and track. His football teams won a championship in 1970 and were undefeated in 1975. Those were good years in the Kickapoo Valley. In 1976, Ed went to Hortonville as an assistant principal. In 1977, he had an opportunity to return to Omro, where he worked for the next 19 years. He coached football for a number of years on three different occasions. In 1986, Ed was selected to coach the South All-Stars in the annual Shrine Game. In 1996, Ed's last year as a football coach he took the team to the play-offs. His grandsons, Shane Carter and Travis Goss were starters on that team. Ed also coached his two sons and son-in-law. He assisted Bob Newhouse and Myles Strasser in Track. Ed was instrumental with Bob Lee in starting a weight program at Omro. He also started the Athletic Booster Club. In 1990, Ed was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame with long-time friend, Frank Crispigna, Jr. Ed was one of the founding members of that organization and was the first chairman of the Hall of Fame and Scholarship Committees. In 1997, Ed received a distinguished Alumni Award from the Sturgeon Bay Athletic Booster Club. Ed served 18 years as High School Principal at Omro. He retired at age 67. As principal, he loved working with students. He started many programs, including: Academic letter Program, F&M Honors Banquet, Community Day, Christmas Shopping with Kids, Student Birthday Letters, World War II Veterans Memorial, Omro High School Wall of Fame and the Omro Community Scholarship Corporation. He also served as athletic director and was advisor to the Student Council, Lettermen's Club, Key Club, Pep Club and Ski Club. On occasion, he had to advise the Pom Pon and Cheerleading Squads. In retirement, Ed served two years on the Omro School Board. He was proud of his role in the successful referendum that resulted in a new Elementary School and additions to the high school. He was inducted into the Omro High School Wall of Fame in June of 2003.

He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. He was a charter member of the Omro Kiwanis Club and served two years as president. He was a distinguished Lt. Governor in 1988-89. He also served as New Club Building Chairman. Ed was a member of the Memorial Committee that brought a Veterans Tribute to Omro.

Ed is survived by his children, Patrick (Lois) Goss of Omro, Kelly (Rory) Carter of Omro, Tom (Linda) Goss of Winneconne; grandchildren, Travis (Lindsay) Goss, Tyler (Khyrsten) Goss, Shane (Erin) Carter, Samarah Carter, Shaya Lee Carter (fiancé Ryan Koss), Katana Goss and Cooper Goss; great grandchildren, Madison, Ethan & Matayah Goss, Phynix Goss, Cameron, Aliyah & Shayli Carter, Braxton Malnory, Derrick and Mya Carter; sister in law, Helen Goss of Carson City, NV; aunt, June Sala, of Jackson, CA; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Kathryn; brother, Allen G. Goss and sister, Kathleen Barker.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 730 Madison Ave., Omro, with Father Joseph Mattern and Sister Pam Biehl officiating. Ed will be buried next to his wife, Kathryn in the Omro Cemetery. Relatives and friend may call on Thursday, July 5, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church and continue on Friday, July 6, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Ed's name.

A special thank you to Heartland Hospice and to all the friends who spent countless hours at Ed's side during his time of illness.



Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on July 3, 2012
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