Gossell, Major General William H


Major General William H. Gossell reported for duty for the last time on Monday, 04 May 2020. He was born in Libertyville, Illinois on January 26, 1932 the youngest of four boys. As a three-star family, his three brothers served in WW2 in the Army, Marines and Navy. He graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois in 1954 where he lettered in Football, Baseball and Track. In 2014 he was chosen as an “Outstanding Alumnus” of North Central and established a Gossell scholarship. He entered the Naval Flight Training program in Pensacola, Florida. in November,1954. General Gossell was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U S Marine Corps in 1955 in the inaugural commissioning of the Aviation Officer Cadet Program. Upon completion of his flight training, he received his wings in June 1956.

During his active duty years, he served with Marine Air Group 36 in Santa Ana, California and in Japan, Okinawa and the Philippines.  While in the Philippines, they operated with the Philippine Army on Operation Strongback against the communist HUKS. Upon release from active duty in 1959, he joined the USMC reserves and served with them for 32 years. He was selected for Brigadier General in 1981 and in 1987 was promoted to Major General. His Reserve assignments varied from Squadron Commander HMH-777, Assistant 4th Wing Commander to Mobilization assignments as Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina; and Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California.

He was active in Reserve affairs being a life member of the following: Marine Corps Aviation Association, Marine Corps Reserve Association, Reserve Officers of America, Military Officers of America Association, and Military Officers of World Wars. He was also very active in the Dallas Military Ball for 40 years with service on the Board, President twice and General Chairman in 1997. General Gossell was also the civilian chairman for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program in Dallas – Ft Worth for 25 years.  (For donations in his memory)  https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx

He retired in 1994 from Aviation Office of America as Senior Vice President of Marketing after 35 years in the Aviation Insurance business. Bill and Marge were members for 55 years at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dallas where he served on the Church Council.  (For donations in his memory)  https://www.hcdallas.org/

General Gossell was a resident of Farmers Branch, Texas since 1965 with his loving wife, Marge who knew each other since third grade and recently celebrated 63 years of marriage. They have two sons Robert and wife Karla of Fort Worth and Steven of Oxnard CA and Bend OR and one grandson, William of Dallas. The General was an avid golfer, had a generous heart and leaves behind many friends. There will be a walk-through viewing on Saturday, 09 May 1500 – 1900 hrs. (3:00 pm to 7:00 pm) at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 11425 Marsh Lane. Please wear a mask. Semper Fi.

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15 replies on “Gossell, Major General William H”

Pat Reimann says:

Over the years we developed a close partnership in support of each others missions. He had a long and meaningful life, and I will miss seeing him. Pat Reimann, Christmas Services Manager, The Salvation Army North Texas

Peter Gossell says:

He was a wonderful Uncle to us and we so enjoyed seeing and staying with him and Aunt Marge in 2016 when we last visited the US. Stories of him abound, such as landing a helicopter in a hotel car park coming to his nephew’s wedding! He was generous to a fault and ran the Toys for Tots drives for the Marines for many years. And this, after all his military service to the USA. Affectionately known as ‘The General’, he will be missed greatly. RIP Uncle Bill, Sincere sympathy to Aunt Marge & Love from your Australian family!! xxoo


Marge: I so wish I could give you a big hug right now! Please accept my sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. He was such an extraordinary human being, and he has left such a legacy of love, devotion, and service. He will be missed by all his fellow parishioners at Holy Cross where he faithfully worshiped and served his Lord God. I’m praying for peace for your entire family, knowing you will be reunited with Bill in Heaven one day. Blessings, Shelley Duke

Kris Lafikes says:

RIP General Gossell

Judge Brent Carr says:

Dear Mrs. Gossell: it was my distinct honor to have known and worked with the General. He would say “call me Bill.” I first encountered him years ago working on a Toys for Tots campaign. He gave selflessly and truly measured up to good leadership by making sure the troops in the field had what they needed to get the job done. He gave an inspirational address at the USMC Birthday event in my courtroom. We worked several projects together and my admiration for him is without limit. He was simply a great human being and a role model for me, I shall miss him greatly. Semper Fi Marine, job well done. Comfort and peace to Gossell family. God is great. Amen.

Lisa (Gossell) Bartlit says:

Sending our deepest condolences to Aunt Marge, Steve, Bob, Karla and Billy. We will miss Uncle Bill very much, but will always remember his fun-loving personality and the great times we had together. He was a wonderful Uncle to us and our children and we are so sad to have this era end. His memory will live on in all of us. Thinking of you all, with love, Lisa, Fred, Freddy Sam, Melissa & Sophia Bartlit

Thelma Mati says:

Our path in life is guided by our beloved God. I met Bill briefly on 2017 while cutting palm prongs next door at Oxnard on Sept2017. He was a bit unstable and was going to pull the trash bin out for him but had to put the groceries in the house. By the time I went out, Bill was rolling slowly my full heavy green bin with a cane down the driveway. Absolutely so much kindness in his heart that even though he was unstable and me being a stranger, he still pulled my trash bin out first. This is when I met Marge when she checked on him carrying a portable oxygen apparatus. It’s a blessing and forever grateful for this gift from God when I was welcomed to their TX home. It didn’t take long to make an impact in my heart for the beautiful souls of his family. It isn’t fair for wanting to visit them again: hearing more of his stories, his kindness, generosity, hear him humming songs, telling jokes, laughter, strength, determination, sharing his knowledge, etc…but will always treasure this gift given to me to know him and his family.

Mark stagge says:

Sorry to hear about your loss aunt marge. I will continue pray for you

Becky Gossell Rempe says:

With the passing of Uncle Bill, it seems an era has ended. We deeply loved and greatly respected Uncle Bill and treasured every visit with you wonderful Texas Gossells! May his humor and love be with you always. I love you and am so thankful to have grown up knowing “ya’ll”.

Mary Johnson says:

Dear Marge,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a special man. I know you will miss him dearly. I have so many memories of you and our days together at Furneaux. On of the highlights of my life was being able to attend the ceremony when he was promoted to Major General. Chuck and I were so honored to be invited. We missed running into you at Bic’s after church on Sundays. I always looked for you if I was there. You are such a sweetheart. My prayers are with you and your family.

Sharon Reitzell says:

Marge and family, Bob & I are so sorry for your loss. Bill was such an awesome man, and his legacy will live on.
Sharon & Bob Reitzell

Jim E Cook says:

My deep and sincere condolences to the Gossell Family. After active duty, I had the privilege of serving under and with then Major Bill Gossell in HMM-777 as a squadron pilot while I completed my college degree @ OK State. I retain many character shaping memories of the guidance and leadership principles passed on by “The General”. Semper Fidelis, Jim Cook.

Suzanne and Mark Hunt says:

Words are not adequate when it comes to saying what so many individuals and organizations have lost with the passing of Major General Bill Gossell. His extraordinary contributions to the many organizations, (i.e. Veterans, Marine Corps, Navy League, Toys for Tots, etc.) are immeasurable and could only have been possible by the tremendous support of his wife, Marge. Channel 4 Mike Doocy perhaps said it best that he has never met a more impressive and giving community leader in the North Texas area. We are saddened by this loss but know we are all better individuals by having known Bill Gossell. Marge, we look forward to hugging you as soon as possible and taking you to lunch during the next few days.

Mindy Renee Moser says:

My prayers go with you all.
Grace Be Upon You
Grace Be Given
Peace Be With You

Words fail me at the moment. Seeing his face and smile every month meant the world to me. I cherished working on Toys for Tots with him and for him. Thank you God for making General Gossell. He was unique in every way. We were lucky to have him as long as We did.

Semper Fidelis

Fair winds and following seas sir

With great Love,

Mindy Renee Moser

Teresa Henry says:

Mrs. Gossell my heart is broken. I was looking for your address to send a Christmas card, and instead received the news of Mr. Gossell. He was a very important thread in the fiber of my life. Please write me so that I have your address. I have words of love to share with you, and your son’s. Sincerely, Teresa Henry – AOA-

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