GLENBURN - Ralph E. Goss, 91, beloved husband of Phyllis A. Goss, passed away Nov. 19, 2013, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Levant, the son of Roy C. "Pop" and Addie (Phillips) Goss.
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Following graduation from Bangor High School in 1940, Ralph served in the 97th Infantry Division, stationed in the European Theatre of World War II where he received the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.After V-E Day the Division was sent to the Pacific and was involved in the occupation of Japan until February of 1946. Over the years he very much enjoyed the 97th Infantry Division reunions that were held throughout the country. Ralph and Josephine "Jo" Robertson were married in 1944 and together they raised two sons, Jerry and Kevin.
After discharge, Ralph traveled throughout Maine working for Banks Auto Supply, Automotive Warehouse Distributors in Portland and N.H. Bragg and Sons of Bangor. He retired in 1986 as General Sales Manager from N.H. Bragg. During his many travels involved with his work, he made many lifelong friends.
Ralph and "Jo" resided in Brewer where Ralph was active in Brewer Little League, and Babe Ruth League as coach, umpire and President. He was a member of the United Commercial Travelers of America, Bangor Toastmasters, Brewer Recreational Org. and served 10 years on Brewer High School District Trustees. He was also a member of the Glenburn Housing Corp. Ralph was a 50 year member of the Kenduskeag Lodge A. F. & A. M., Scottish Rite Bodies, Maine Consistory, Academicians of Anah Shrine and the V.F.W. Ralph was a member of the United Methodist Church of Bangor where he volunteered at the Ecumenical Food Cupboard and My Friends Place. He enjoyed crafting in his woodworking shop and has created many fine pieces of furniture and display boxes for friends, family members and the Cole Land Transportation Museum, where he volunteered as a tour guide and World War II Jeep driver in many parades.
Ralph and Phyllis Wardwell were married in 1990. They enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States, many other countries and the Caribbean Islands. He and Phyllis also enjoyed their membership in the Saturday Nighters and Penobscot Theatre.
Surviving are his wife, Phyllis; two sons, Jerry Goss and his wife, Jeanne, of Brewer, and Kevin Goss of Bangor; a daughter, Sharon Lerette and her husband, Donald, of Auburn; grandchildren, Jeff Goss and his wife, Kelley, of Portsmouth, R.I.., Jonathan Goss and his wife, Brandy, of Bucksport, Nicole Goss of Bangor, John Goss of Bangor, and Sean Butler and his wife, Sarah, of Gorham; five great-grandchildren, Devin, Andrew, Trent, Addison, and Camden; and a godson and grandson, Adam.
Ralph had many true friends and showed concern for their welfare and happiness by frequent calls, emails and visits. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and his little dog, Misty. He was predeceased by his first wife, Josephine in 1989; brothers, Leon and Owen; and a sister, Ruth Jenness.
A service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the fellowship hall, following the service. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Anah Shrine Hospital, 586 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401; or the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 21, 2013