Salineville - LaVern "Vern" Gossman Jr., 77, of Salineville Road, died suddenly early Tuesday afternoon at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio.
Vern was born April 24, 1936 in Massillon, Ohio, a son of the late LaVern and Mabel Jones Gossman.
Vern lived all his life in the Salineville area, attended Carrollton High School, was an important supporter of Riley's United Presbyterian Church and became owner and operator of Saline Oil and Supply.
He also owned and operated Salineville Carry Out. In earlier years he owned and operated Vern's Sinclair/Arco Gas Station, Vern's Trucking and L & G Transit. He enjoyed farming which he did for many years and loved to collect antique cars.
Vern loved his community and gave back in many ways, tirelessly supporting many community activities. He loved his family and most of all he loved to work. He lived his life as he wanted, and was proud of that.
Vern will be sadly missed not only by the entire community, but especially his family, his wife Ursala Eich Giannone Gossman whom he married on August 14, 2001; one daughter, Debra (Jay) Meister; two step sons, Stefan (Debbie) Giannone and Rodney Giannone; two brothers, Robert (Evelyn) Gossman, Leonard Gossman; one sister, Dian Hubbard; five grandchildren, Holly and Samantha Meister, Joshua and Jayson Gossman and Courtney Wilson; four step-grandchildren, Tony, Jimmy, Angela, and Alisha Giannone; and nine great-grandchildren, all of Salineville, Ohio.
Besides his parents, Vern was preceded in death by his first wife, Eunice Dauwe Gossman in 1996; one brother, Harold Gossman and one son, Vernon Lee Gossman in 2006.
A service will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM at the Kerr-Pastore Funeral Home in Salineville, Ohio with Pastor Pat Smith of Riley's United Methodist and Tom Allmon of the Bethesda Presbyterian Church officiating.
Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Salineville, Ohio.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-9 PM.
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