Published On: Wed, Jul 20th, 2011

Obituary – Harry H. Gosch

Harry H. Gosch

RANDOLPH — Harry H. Gosch, 96, Randolph, died July 11, 2011, at his home of 60 plus years, in Randolph.
Visitation was July 15 at Johnson Funeral Home, Randolph.
Funeral Services were July 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Randolph, with Rev. Derrick Fallon officiating.
Interment was at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Norfolk, with Military Rites performed by V.F.W. Alvin Kessler Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113, Randolph.

Pallbearers were Anthony Bear, Danny Kiefer, Dan Backer, Roy Gerkins, Jerry Backhaus, Kevin Stone, Danny Ray Davenport and Robert Goste, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Harry’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and everyone who knew and loved Harry.
Harry was born Dec. 20, 1914, to William and Adele Gosch at Winside. Harry grew up on the farmlands of Nebraska and South Dakota during the drought and depression of the 1930s. He was confirmed and performed as church organist at Zion East Lutheran Church rural Hoskins for a number of years. Harry couldn’t read music and played everything by ear. He also played accordion and other instruments. With America’s involvement in World War II imminent, Harry enlisted in the U.S. Army Feb. 18, 1941, serving until Feb. 12, 1946. He was assigned to the 110th Medical Regiment of the Army’s 35th Division. Harry’s travels took him across America and Europe. During his enlistment he married Virginia Gerkins, rural Randolph, Dec. 18, 1941, at Little Rock, Ark. A daughter, Harriet, was born in California, and son, Virgil, born at Norfolk. Harry returned to the farm shortly after his discharge and soon moved to the farm he would spend the rest of his life tending. During the 1950s two daughters, Valerie and Tamara were born.
Harry was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Randolph; and a Life Member of V.F.W. Alvin Kessler Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113, Randolph.
Harry is survived by his son and wife, Virgil and Patricia Gosch, McCook; three daughters, Harriet and husband, Melbourne “Ted” Jacobs, Battle Creek; Valerie Bear, Meadow Grove; and Tamara Gosch, Norfolk; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Ferris, Davenport, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia in 2006; and two brothers, Louis and Clarence Gosch.
Send condolences to Harry Gosch Family 55780 862nd Road Randolph, NE 68771.