Billy Joe Gosewehr

March 3, 2014

Billy Joe Gosewehr 87, of Sebring, FL, died March 2, 2014 in Sebring. Born July 9, 1926 in Frankfort to Irwin & Ola (Goodnight) Gosewehr. He married Ellen Pickering on August 3, 1947 and she survives. Mr. Gosewehr was a 1944 graduate of Frankfort High School. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served from 1945 to 1947 in Japan. In 1950 he graduated from Purdue University with and Ed. S. Degree and was a longtime administrator with the Community Schools of Frankfort. Mr. Gosewehr was a lifelong Frankfort resident before moving to Sebring, Florida. He was an avid golfer.

Visitation and Services

No visitation or services are planned.

Survived by:

his wife, Ellen Gosewehr of Sebring, FL, 2 sons, Stephen (Cindy) Gosewehr of Lafayette, Larry Gosewehr of Oklahoma, 2 daughters, JoEllen Caldwell of Kentucky, Teri (Sam) Conner of Frankfort, 1 brother, Jack Gosewehr of Lebanon and 5 Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

2 brothers and a sister.


15 Condolences for “Billy Joe Gosewehr”

  1. Pam Petrilli March 15, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Steve, Teri and families,

    So sorry for the loss of your dad. I hope your fond memories will help ease your grief. You are all in my thoughts.

    • Steve Gosewehr March 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you, Pam. We knew it was coming, but it was still hard to take. He will be missed.

  2. Dick Rayles March 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Sorry to hear Bill passing. A long time friend.

  3. Jim and Isabel McIlquham March 15, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to Ellen and family and brother, Jack. Old friends from Sebring who enjoyed many winters of golf with Bill and social get together with Bill and Ellen when we lived in the Village.

    • Steve Gosewehr March 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and sympathy.

  4. Charles & Vicki Mann March 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    To the Gosewehr family. So sorry to hear of your loss, his name brought back wonderful memories of Woodside School. Will pray for healing and strength for your family, even if it was expected, it is still hard to go through. Former Woodside Woodchucks!

  5. John and Connie Milholland March 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    To the Gosewehr Family,
    We were sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. He was one of the first people we met when we moved to Frankfort in 1967 and had a big impact on our careers in the field of education. May years of wonderful memories give you all comfort and peace at this time.

  6. Karen & Greg Wysong March 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    You have our sympathy, thoughts and prayers. I have nice memories of your dad. I spent a day my senior year with him. He couldn’t have been nicer. Mom, dad and I recalled a lot of good times that they all had together.

  7. Feb Sears Walker March 20, 2014 at 12:09 am

    To all of the Gosewehr families
    I am so sorry to learn about the passing of your dad. He was such a good man and outstanding leader in our schools. He was one who made a large impact on my life. I have so much respect and admiration for him. Please know that from my family to yours you are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying you find comfort in each other during this time.

  8. Larry & Carolyn Carlson March 20, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Ellen, I know loosing Bill will have a tremendous impact in the lives of your family. So very sorry for your loss and just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your family was always a big part of our family. I know he will be missed.
    Carolyn (Page) Carlson and Larry

  9. Randy Smith March 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Bill was one of my golf mentors in my teen years. We had some great duels for club championship. He also encouraged me to become a teacher. Then, as I later coached Larry, we continued our friendship both on and off the golf course. I have many fond memories of a truly wonderful man. I’m sorry for your loss.

  10. Marcia Dickerson March 25, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Dear Ellen, Steve, Larry, Joellen, Teri,
    We were very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. We remember him mostly outside of his professional life. He was such a great friend to Dave and Mary (Dickerson); often having a golf game or a FCC dinner with them on a Friday night.. And sometimes my folks, Jim and Joan (McIntosh) were at the table laughing and having a good time. He is missed and thought of often. I’m sorry for your loss..
    Marcia and Tom

  11. Linda Shilkett Bowlin April 9, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Without something he said to Bob Egly in 1976 I would not have had a great 33 career teaching in Rossville.

    Linda Bowlin

  12. Debbie (Pickering) and Marshall Schlink April 27, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Knowing that passing is part of living does not make it any easier to lose someone. I am so sorry for your loss, I have some very sweet memories of my Uncle Bill and Aunt Ellen in Frankfort. It has been so many years that have gone by but you are all still in my thoughts. Please convey my love to Aunt Ellen and I will pass this news to my brothers, sister and Mom.
    Sincere regards
    Debbie (Pickering) Schlink in Arizona

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