Rodney Gossman

Rodney Gossman

MOUNT ZION – Rodney Earl Gossman, 53, of Mount Zion passed away at 3:29 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 24, 2012) at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.

A service to celebrate Rodney's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Mount Zion with Pastor Steve Ingram officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Township Cemetery.

The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to South Shores Christian Church.

Rodney was born April 20, 1959, in Kirksville, Mo., the son of Charles and JoAnn (Jackson) Gossman. He graduated from Gem City College in Quincy and went on to become the director of loose diamond sales for K's Merchandise Mart. Rodney was most recently employed by Stratas Foods.

On June 6, 1987, he married Teresa "Terri" Tyler.

He was an active member of South Shores Christian Church and previously coached youth basketball in Mount Zion. As a devoted family man, he cherished every moment spent with his wife and children and loved nothing more than discussing his children's pursuits.

Rodney will be remembered for his whimsical humor, profound spirit, willingness to help others, and pride in his children's educational accomplishments.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Terri, of Mount Zion; parents, Charles and JoAnn Gossman of Edina, Mo.; son, Zachary Gossman of Cleveland, Ohio; and daughter, Stephanie Gossman of Lebanon, N.H.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Randy Gossman.

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