ORRVILLE — Charles L. “Chuck” Gossie, 86, of Orrville, formerly of Mount Vernon and Sarasota, Fla., passed away Monday, July 18, 2011.
Chuck was born Oct. 2, 1924, to Charles and Elsie (Ward) Gossie in Parma, Ohio. After graduation from James Ford Rhodes High School, he served in the Army during World War II from January 1943 to February 1946. During his service he was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., as an instructor, teaching riflery on the M1 rifle and the 155mm long-tom gun qualifying as expert marksman. He served in the Philippine Islands and occupied Japan, leaving the Army with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Upon returning home after his service, he enrolled at Ohio University in Athens where he met the love of his life, Carol Lyle. They married on Nov. 18, 1950, after finishing college and took up residence in Mount Vernon. He traveled the state of Ohio as a Manufacturer’s Representative for many furniture companies for 35 years, retiring in January 1989. He and Carol traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and took many wonderful trips in their motor home with family, as well as after retirement. A 50-plus year member of Mount Zion 9 F&AM of Mount Vernon, he had previously been a member of BPOE and Ohio Furniture Salesman Association. He and Carol settled permanently in Sarasota, Fla., in 1993, where he lived until March 2010 when he moved to Orrville.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carol, on March 11, 2001; his parents; and his sister, Betty Luckianow.
He is survived by his cherished daughters, Ann (Dave) McPeek of Orrville, Beth Gossie-Wood (Kevin Wood) of Brookfield, Wis.; and his adored grandchildren, Laura and Lisa McPeek and Braeden Wood; his sister-in-law. Jean Lyle Williams of Minnesota; nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A gentleman all his life, he always took care of his girls.
A graveside memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is assisting the family with arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at http://www.aublefuneralhome.com.
Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.