Joseph Monk Gose | 1914-2014

Published Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Joseph Monk Gose, 99, formerly of Decatur, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Riverton, Wyo.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

Joseph was born Sept. 28, 1914, in Alvord to Joseph Martin Gose, M.D. and Stella Monk Gose. He married Clara Harriet Volz, with whom he had four children: Roger Lamar Gose, M.D., Sylvia Jo Gose, Frank Joseph Gose, Ed.D., and Martha Ann Gose. Upon Clara’s death, he married Billie Stallings, and she preceded him in death in 2008.

Joseph lived most of his life in San Antonio, where he taught shop at Brackenridge High School, was principal of Harry Rogers Junior High and was an administrator within the San Antonio Independent School District. A talented craftsman, he built a home for his mother in Corpus Christi, designed and constructed an elaborate fort for his Wyoming grandchildren and generated several inventions.

Following retirement, he enjoyed being outdoors, especially with his grandchildren Roger Jr., Ben and Leah. Together they often hiked his beloved Three Mountain property in the Texas Hill Country. In his 80s, Joseph hiked the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming with his grandsons, carrying a backpack, fishing and sleeping on the ground with the “boys.”

He was a loving husband, a caring father and the world’s best grandfather.

Survivors include sons Roger Lamar Gose, M.D. and wife, Barbara, and Frank Joseph Gose, Ed.D. and wife, Sandra; grandchildren Roger, Jr., Ben and wife, Susan, and Leah Gose; and great-grandchildren Matthew Roger, Lillian Martha, William Joseph and Gage Evan.

Memorials may be made to The Gose Health Science Scholarship at Central Wyoming College, c/o Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main St., Riverton, WY 82501 or to the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, in memory of Joseph Gose in dedication to the Stained Glass Fund, P.O. Box 302, Decatur, TX 76234.

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