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John William”Bill” Gossman, 92, of Pine Bluff, departed this earthly world and went to be with his Lord
and Savior on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 finally being able to reunite with Jean, the love of his life and
wife of 43 yea... Read More
John William”Bill” Gossman, 92, of Pine Bluff, departed this earthly world and went to be with his Lord
and Savior on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 finally being able to reunite with Jean, the love of his life and
wife of 43 years. He was a devoted and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and
great-great grandfather who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Bill was born March 27, 1930, to William James and Anna May(Swackhammer) Gossman in Crooksville
Ohio. He married Wilma Jean Helvey on May 29th, 1952 not long after meeting her, telling his family
that it was “love at first sight”.
Proudly serving in the military for 22 years, Bill joined the US Army in 1947 at the age of 17 so that he
could help provide financially for his family. He was active in the Korean Conflict( Chosin Reservoir) and
Vietnam War by beginning his career as a military policeman then later serving counterintelligence. He
retired in 1969 as a sergeant first class. While serving in Korea, he was awarded numerous medals
including the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Merit Unit Commendation, Army
of Occupation Medal (Japan), (5) Bronze Service Stars to Korean Service Medal, Letter of Appreciation,
June 3, 1959, United Nations Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal
with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal (6th award). While in the Vietnam War, he was awarded
the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1st leaf oak
cluster) and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
After retiring from the military in 1969, his love of trains led him to work for the Cotton Belt Railroad as a
switchman-brakeman for 15 years, retiring in 1986.
Bill attended Pines Vocational School to become a skilled furniture and cabinet craftsman. He created
beautiful furniture that will long be cherished by his family. While stationed in Okinawa, Bill along with
his wife Jean, enjoyed playing competitive bowling. Upon the death of his beloved Jean, Bill found a new
passion and became an avid golfer and had a keen eye for helping other golfers correct their swings. He
also enjoyed listening to all types of music, esp Big Band, Country & Western and Gospel music.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wilma Jean Gossman, whom he married May 29,
1952 in Pine Bluff; and sisters, Joanne Barrett, Eileen Stickdorn; and a great- grandson, Isaac Brian.
Survivors include his 3 children, son Richard Gossman of Grapevine, Texas, daughter Jeanne Stephens of
Pine Bluff and son David(Angie) Gossman of Monticello; 4 grandchildren, Mack(Malorie) Gossman,
Conner Gossman, Candida Stephens, and Jerry Wayne Green Jr,(Heather) and 6 great-grandchildren,
Naomi Thompson, Rebekah Tucker, SharonRose Brian, Hayden Green, Emma Green, Ellorie Gossman,
and 1 great-great granddaughter, Laura Thompson. Brother-in-law Richard (Carolyn) Helvey, Niece
Teresa (Bill) Charlton. Also survived by many more nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 11, 2022, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, 9:30 a.m. until service time, at
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