In Memory

Dayne Leonard Gossett - Class Of 1963

Dayne Leonard Gossett

Dayne Leonard Gossett

May 3, 1944 - June 1, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Abilene, Texas

Dayne Leonard Gossett, 65, passed away Monday, June 1, 2009. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Baptist Church, 2300 South 20th Street. Burial will follow in Tuscola Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.

Monday morning, God looked around his garden and found an empty space. He then looked down upon this earth and saw Dayne’s tired face. He put His arms around him and took him home to a place where he will no longer be in pain - a beautiful place where he can go fishing and chase birds all he wants. He will watch all the Texas Rangers baseball games, Dallas Cowboy’s games and Texas Longhorn football games.

Dayne Leonard Gossett was born on May 3, 1944, in Castroville, Texas, to the late Warren and Pearl White Gossett. He finished high school at Jim Ned (Tuscola) in 1963. He went into the U.S. Navy in August of 1963, where he received the National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He worked as a cook for Milono’s and various other jobs but the one he liked the best was driving an 18 wheeler from coast to coast. He and his wife drove for nine years together and then he drove by himself until his stroke in November of 1999. His pride and joy was his family and he loved spending time with all of them.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Joann Gossett of Abilene; two sisters, Jean Parker and husband, S. J. and Ann Seybold, all of Abilene; one uncle, L. E. White and wife, Juanita; mother-in-law, Norine Castle of Hamlin; sister-in-law, Yvonne Castle of Hamlin; and numerous cousins and friends. He never had any children of his own but he loved to spoil his nieces and nephews, Steven Parker and wife, Retha, Terrell Parker and wife, Tracy, all of Abilene, Jeff Seybold and wife, Cindy and daughter, Shelby, all of Austin and Melissa Mitchell and husband, Chad of Abilene. He also spoiled the great nieces and nephews, Neal Parker, Shay Onken and husband, Greg, and Leah Parker, all of Abilene, Tara Parker of Austin, and Kyle Parker of Abilene.

He loved to take Caitlynn and Cameron Mitchell to school in the morning and go back and pick them up in the afternoon, which was the high point of his day. He also loved going to church and seeing Neal lead the singing or play the piano; Leah play the piano or the organ; and Steven Parker preach.

Mr. Gossett was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, France Rardon and Jo Lynn Strakos; and a brother-in-law, Bud (Lloyd) Seybold.

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