Gordon C. Gossard Sunday, September 6, 1942 - Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gordon C. Gossard, 74, of Berrien Springs, died May 28, 2017 at his home.

He was born September 6, 1942 in Wooster, Ohio, the son of Harold Arthur and Vivian Frances (Young) Gossard.  He graduated from Berrien Springs High School in 1960.  He earned his Master’s Degree and was a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan and worked as an accounting systems manager for Whirlpool Corporation.  He was “big” into computers and music, and his leisure time was also spent on reading and photography.  Gordon enjoyed his home on the lake.

Survivors include one brother, Thomas (Pamela) Gossard; a niece, Trista (Eric) Gossard; a nephew, Thomas A. (Becky) Gossard; grandnieces, Kailen Roop and McKenna Gossard; and grandnephew, West Roop--all of Battle Creek.  Also surviving are three cousins: Edward Gossard of Nashville, Tennessee, Lora (Charles) Shepherd of Quitman, Mississippi, and Elizabeth Blum of Meridian, Mississippi.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs, was entrusted with arrangements.  Online messages and memories for the family may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com.  Contributions in Gordon’s memory may be made to the Berrien Springs Community Foundation.


I just heard about Gordon's passing.  I am so sorry to his living relatives.  I worked with Gordon at Whirlpool when I joined the company in 1984.  Gordon was always a man of integrity and a man of 'many words'.  I enjoyed our times together including many company plane trips.  He will be missed by many and also by me.  RIP Gordon.

I'm sorry to hear about Gordan's death.  I imagine it is especally hard as he was your only sibling.

We are saddened to hear of Gordon's passing.  Gordon and I grew up just a couple of houses apart on Sourth Cass.  We were part of the south side gang along with Terry Zerby, Gary Wright, the Wolcotts, Kronewitters, and Michaels.  Monopoly games on the Gossard front porch were a frequent event along with "Kick the Can" and "Ditch'em".  Much later Gordon was part of the BS gang in Ann Arbor along with Carl Bixby, Gary Wright, Nate Sorkin, and others.  Marianne and I came to AA a tad bit later and quickly renewed our friendship with "Goose".  A diehard Green Bay Packers fan, Gordon joined us in our efficiency apartment to view the first Super Bowl and many more games (sometimes with aluminum foil on the Rabbit Ears).  our Sunday dinners together were a welcome respite from academic rigors and a refreshing conversation on a wide variety of topics.  Gordon was and remained a great debater, a specialist in logic.  We had many memorable times together in AA.

For those who remember "The Big Chill", written by Lawrence Kasdan ( a UM contemporary), the mannerism of Jeff Goldblum's character fit Gordon to a tie.  When we mentioned this to him, he was quick to point out that many other friends had called him with the same observation.  Likely not a coincedence, but rather the result of his time as a teaching fellow in the Philosophy Department.   We will miss him.