John W. Gosbee, age 86, of Medford, WI, died May 25, 2018 at his residence in the Town of Chelsea. John was born December 14, 1931 to Ann (Stiener) Gosbee and John W. Gosbee in Chicago, IL. He grew up in Whittlesey and graduated from Medford High School. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and earned his bachelor’s degree of education. He met Charlene J. Kabat (of Stevens Point) and they married February 16, 1957. John then moved to Madison, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his master’s degree of education. He then moved to Racine, WI and taught physics at J.I. Case High School for many years. After retirement, John and Char moved home to Whittlesey. John enjoyed travelling, spending time with his family, and supporting his parish. He cultivated a love of the outdoors that included camping, mushroom hunting, bird watching, and four-wheeling. John had been a member of a barbershop chorus for many years and also enjoyed polka music.
John is survived by his children Geralynn Gosbee, John W. Gosbee, Peter (Sue) Gosbee, David (Ann) Gosbee, Greg (Rich) Gosbee, and Alyssa (Paul) Stang, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and extended family members. John was preceded in death by his wife Charlene Gosbee in 2016, parents John and Ann Gosbee, sisters Marie Jochimsen, Anna Mayer, and Marggie Jochimsen, grandson James Doyle in infancy, and daughter-in-law Laura Gosbee, as well as extended family members.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Whittlesey with Father Phil Juza officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. A graveside burial service will be held in Chelsea Community Cemetery, Town of Chelsea, on Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM.
Memorial donations in memory of John can be made to Alzheimer’s Association-Greater WI Chapter, 3313 S. Packerland Dr., Suite E, De Pere, WI 54115