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James Albert Gossell

January 8, 1938 ~ July 16, 2017

James Albert Gossell

Dear Dad, on July 16, 2017 you unexpectedly passed away. While you left a huge hole in our hearts, we have to celebrate your life.

Thank you for your service in the Army, twice!! You parachuted in the 82nd Airborne like no other; and President Kennedy went to Ft. Bragg to see you and your company walk 85 miles in honor of Sherman’s March in 1962. 

You moved to Montana in 1966, became a great logger, and soon thereafter became a father to us girls while raising Michael. As life started to move forward, you moved to the Gallatin Valley in 1972, started working for Big Sky Paving, and became a falconer. When you started at Big Sky Paving, a legend was born. You became the best “blade man” in the state (people still talk about how great you were at running the grader), while also becoming a superb falconer. It was an experience not a lot of children are raised around - to have wildlife in our house and learn not to be afraid of the great birds of prey. We were in awe of you handling the many hawks you raised. But even being a father, blade man, and falconer, you still had a big heart for those unfortunate. Carla and I joke about you always picking up hitch hikers. Your heart did not see any red flags when it came to helping out those in need. 

Then, life threw you some curve balls. But you stayed strong. You did the best you could being a single parent raising a daughter from 1986 to 1988, while keeping up your hard work ethic. You never ever called in sick. A few more years went by and you met a girl and had another daughter (Jessica) and took in a stepson (Justin).

Now, as we spread your ashes soon in your favorite hunting spot, the Missouri Breaks, your spirit will soar high and you will be with your dad (Albert), mom (Anna), stepdad (Frank), sister (Cleone), and a grandchild (Chase Anthony). 

We love you, Dad, and will miss you forever.

Michele (Kenneth) and Carla (David)

 

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