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“Condolences to. The Goss family ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Ron. & Diane Lentz - Carsonville, MI

“So sorry to hear of David death . Was a friend of his at Gary High School .David was a great person , always smiling and happy ..Like so many of us...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Larry Lester - Hurricane, WV

“Sally, I'm so sorry to here of David's (that's how I knew him at GHS) passing. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family for your tremendous...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Bill STONE - Knoxville, TN

“Dear Sally,We were so shocked and saddened to learn of Joe's passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joe was a great neighbor...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Gary and Faye Schluckbier - MI

“dear Sally,Please accept my condolences. Joe was a great guy and I enjoyed his humor and wit.I hope fond memories will comfort you.sincerely,Connie...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Connie White - Battle creek, MI

“I'm sorry to hear about your families loss. Mr. Goss was a cool cat and he will be missed. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Alex Cherney - Battle Creek, MI

“Joe was a great man. Loved the times we would sit visit having a cigar and tell stories with the guys. Rest In Peace my Friend. God Bless ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Morris - Battle Creek, MI

“Sally and Family: Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. When I drive by your home I think of all the time you and Joe took to...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: William Bauer - Battle Creek, MI

“He was a great Technician, a true Patriot and a lot of fun to be around! ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: James BARKER, Col (Ret) MIANG - MI

“There really are no words to suffice but we have to send our very sincere care to Sally and the family. We carry memories of our time in Battle Creek...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Joe and Cheryl Bistayi - Novi, MI

“Sally and family, Our deepest condolences on Joe's passing. We are so sadden for you all. Joe was a truly a great guy and friend! Our hearts...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Hans and Alicia Stark - MI

“Salute to one of the good guys! It was an honor to serve with him. Deepest condolences from those of us who knew Joe to his friends and family. Jason...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jason Radmacher - Wayland, MI

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Joseph David "Joe" Goss, age 72, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, May 6, 2021. Joe was a Husband, Father and Grandfather first; a true friend second; and he led a full "No Holds Barred" life.

Joe grew up in Anawalt, West Virginia, and attended Gary High School. After graduating, he joined the United States Air Force, serving in the Philippines and Vietnam, working as an aircraft mechanic for his four years. When he came out of the service, he went to Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan to earn a degree in Airframe and Power Plant Certification. He worked at Selfridge Air National Guard Base until 1980 when he moved to Battle Creek Air National Guard Base until he retired in 2000. He then worked at Arcadia Brewing Company and helped bottle and repair machinery. He also worked at Duncan Aviation for two years and Chapel Hill as a custodian. Finally, he worked at the Corona Smoke Shop until December 2020.

Joe married Sally Kendrick on October 31st, 1970, and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in northern Michigan with their family. He had three children; Jason (Courtney) of Marshall, Angelique of Battle Creek, and Chris of Boyne City; five grandchildren; Christian, Malachi, Brayden, Xander, and Asa.

Joe treasured his friends as much as he did his family. He recently put together a monthly lunch group for the old Air National Guard retirees. He spent a lot of time with his friends after retirement enjoying their company and laughs.

Interment with full military honors was held Friday, June 18th at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The service was recorded and may be viewed at An Open House to celebrate Joe's life will be held at the Dark Horse Brewing Company from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 19th. Memorials directed to the Calhoun County Red White & Blue Foundation c/o the Battle Creek Community Foundation would be appreciated. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek.

The family has created a beautiful Tribute Video of Joe's life and it may be viewed at

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