John W. Gossert

John Walter “Johnny” Gossert, 82, of Hayden, Colorado passed away peacefully April 25, 2015 at Sandrock Ridge Care Center in Craig, Co. with family and friends near his side. Memorial Services were held in the Hayden Congregational Church with graveside services following at the Elk Mountain Cemetery on Routt County Road 44. John was born December 7, 1932 in Pueblo, Co. to the late Gunter and Clara May (Davidson) Gossert. John was the youngest of eight children. Four sisters and three brothers. He lived along with parents and some of his siblings on the eastern CO. foothills after leaving Pueblo as a baby and later around Routt County area in the 40’s, including Steamboat Springs, CO. and Haybro north of Oak Creek near the Edna strip mine and Arrowhead underground mine. He attended 7th and 8th grade in Oak Creek. John left the area early 1950’s and went back to the foothills of Colorado. His marriage to Alberta Burge had three children. Later his marriage to Shirley (Pfaff/Bell) along with her three children moved to Hayden, CO. 1971. His career was laying ceramic tile and in 1975, along with his wife Shirley, started their own business S&G Tile Company in Hayden, which included floor coverings, paint and wallpaper until his retirement in the mid 1990’s. They also spent many years during the Routt County Fair in the exhibit building helping entering exhibits. They were Fair Parade Marshalls in 2010. Prior to retirement and after retiring they enjoyed the winter months in AZ until the last couple of years due to health problems. He was a devoted rockhounder and artifacts. He, upon finding his own rocks, opal, garnets, sapphires, montana agates and many other minerals, did lapidary and silversmithing. He was also an avid outdoorsman along with hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Shirley Gossert, sons Glenn (Sherrie) Gossert, Brighton, CO, Calvin (Penny) Gossert, Clifton, CO, daughter Marianne (Tim) Nelson, Loma, CO, step-sons Mike (Connie) Bell, Hayden, CO, Steve (Cydne) Bell of Hayden, CO, step-daughter Melinda (Carl) Alexander, Ft. Collins, CO, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, brother Frank Gossert, Arvada, CO, brother-in-law Joe Muir, Eagar, AZ, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Rheumatoid Arthritis Research in c/o Grant Mortuary.

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