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Gosch, John H. 1936 - 2020


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 11/6/2020 at 18:22:36

John H Gosch, 84 of Cresco, passed away in his home with his wife by his side.

Born in 1936 in Jackson, MN. Son of John Hans Gosch and Hertha Joens. John attended a country school through 8th grade and graduated from Jackson High School in 1954. Out of High School John served in the Army national guard and served up to 1961.

In 1961 John was working for People’s Natural Gas and moved to Cresco, IA. This was the moment my mother Pat Herold first saw John and, in her words, “stalked him until he caught her!” Once the stalking was complete, John and Pat married in 1961 and moved to Guttenberg, IA and then Newton, IA with People’s Natural Gas.

In 1971 John and Pat moved back to Cresco and they bought out Oscar Schacht and started Gosch and Schacht Plumbing and Heating. A business John would run up till 2004 when his two sons bought the business from him.

John and Pat were devoted Catholics and followed the proper protocol of having a gaggle of children. Bill, Barb, Diane, Deborah, David, and Joseph. I think they liked each other. “Fun Fact” three of the children have birthday 5-21, 5-22, and 5-23. If you go back about 9 months, it’s my parent’s anniversary!!! Oh La La.

John enjoyed many things in life. He was an amazing bowler and bowled on the Minnesota National Team. He was also a very avid fisherman and loved fishing in northern Minnesota. Another passion was slot machines…any slot machine…even a computer one you can find on Facebook where you win zero money. He would get really upset if you used up his spins. John also loved his Minnesota Vikings. But many years of working with PVC glue and primer must have damages his senses to a point where he rooted for The Green Bay Packers for the past few years as well.

John is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Pat, his children, Barb (Daren) Feil of Caledonia, MN. Diane (Randy) Arndt, of Rock Falls, IA. Deb (Chad) Duregger of Mason City, IA. David (Daniell) Gosch of Cresco, IA, and Joe (Kelli) Gosch of Cresco, IA. Fifteen grandkids Brandon, Ben, Brian, Chloe, Jennifer, Chelsea, Abby, Spencer, Dawson, Donavyn, Dorian, Delaney, Mallory, Ava, and Joey. And many great grandchildren.

John was preceded in Death by his parents, one sister, and his son Bill. It warms my heart to know that he and Bill are together once again.

John Gosch was a stubborn, loving, loud, joking, sometimes dirty old man. But he was also a son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, boss, and friend. We will miss your smile, your laugh, your jokes, and your spirit.

We will miss you!!

Source: Lindstrom Funeral Home database

Calvary Cresco Cemetery

Howard Obituaries maintained by Bill Waters.
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