Edward Goss

March 4, 1925 - February 11, 2014
Traverse City, MI



Saturday, February 15, 2014
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Traverse City Life Story Funeral Home
Traverse City Location
400 West Hammond Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-9034

This is an informal gathering with the family. No formal services are being held on this day.

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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Leelanau Conservancy
P.O. Box 1007
Leland, MI 49654
(231) 256-9665
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Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-5761
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Flower Station
341 W. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-1742
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Life Story / Obituary


Mr. Edward J. Goss, aged 88, of Traverse City, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. He was born March 4, 1925, the son of Casimir and Bronislava Gosciewski.

Ed was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marines. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater, saw 18 months of combat, was injured twice and was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant from the Marine Aviation Separation Unit One, MCAB.

He joined the Michigan State Police in 1948, gaining the rank of Detective in 1959, retiring in 1973 as Detective Lieutenant and Chief Polygraph Examiner for the State of Michigan. After his retirement he continued as an independent polygraph examiner and also taught forensics at Delta College in Bay City then was in charge of the Region 10 Advanced Police Training at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

Ed loved to hunt and fish and was very proud of his many Master Angler Awards and was an avid Tiger baseball fan.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Mildred; and their five children, Nancy (Ron) Johnson, of California, Monica Dillon, of Traverse City, Lorraine (Tom) Brown, of Traverse City, Kim (Jeff) Schwartz, of Ada, and Shawn (Diane) Goss, also of Traverse City. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Cherlin Kirby (Ian), Adrienne Brown, Lindsey Goss-Maurisak (Brandon), Dana Johnson, Alison Goss, Tony Brown (Allison), Keith Schwartz, Lisa Johnson, Kendall Schwartz and Kasey Goss; and a great-granddaughter, Kate Kirby.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will have an informal visitation celebrating his life from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City. A family celebration will be held at his beloved “Morningside” on the shores of Cedar Lake for family and close friends; a time will be announced in May for Sunday, May 25, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leelanau Conservancy would be greatly appreciated.