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Roland “Stormy” Goss – 1920-2008

2008 October 16
by Julie Clawson

My grandfather passed away this week and we are headed to Dallas this weekend for the funeral. His death wasn’t unexpected, but it is still unreal. In the past decade I only got to see him a couple of times – he was in hospice care and I rarely made it to Dallas. But growing up I spent lots of time with him. Every Sunday evening we had a family dinner at his place – my cousins, brothers, and I building blocks and playing with Star Wars figures in living room while the “big people” chatted away in the dining room.

During my childhood, he was building and losing his fortune in the Texas oil business, but what remember most are his stories. From stories of his dad the policeman who was involved in the pursuit of Bonnie and Clyde, to his football days at SMU, to WW2 we never tired of hearing those tales. A former officer in the U.S. Navy, he would show us the dagger he “liberated” off of a dead Nazi SS officer. He told us about his ship almost sinking in the D-day invasion at Normandy. And in helping General Patton win his rivalry against British marshall Montgomery by coordinating the naval end of the crossing of the Rhine River and getting Patton across first. And also of his best friend dying in the foxhole next to him.

Stormy wasn’t able to remember who I was the last few times I saw him, but he remembered these stories – the defining moments of his life. I’m sure we will all be remembering these stories as the family gathers this weekend.

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  1. October 16, 2008

    B”H

    Hi Julie,

    I’m sorry to learn of your loss. I pray that you have a safe trip both there and back. Thanks for sharing this news with us.

    Peace and blessings in the name of the LORD,

    Shlomo

  2. October 16, 2008

    Julie,
    Sorry for your loss. I hope this weekend is a good time of reconnecting with family and remembering your grandfather.

    Maria

  3. October 16, 2008

    Prayers for you and your family. Sounds like some amazing stories and an amazing man.

  4. October 16, 2008

    I’m so sorry, Julie. I went through that same thing very recently. Hugs and prayers to you.

  5. October 17, 2008

    Julie,
    Sorry to hear about your grandfather. I pray that your family can cherish and celebrate the stories of his life together this weekend.

  6. anni permalink
    October 18, 2008

    julie~
    how wonderful that you had a rich heritage with your grandparents as you grew up… that you can still remember those stories… that they’re part of you and your story.
    i will pray that as your family gathers in dallas, you will tell stories to each other about this great man, and remember him as he really was.

  7. Terry Hughes permalink
    August 16, 2009

    Julie
    I work for you granfather for nine year at Stor-All. You uncle David email that Stormy had pass away I was sorry to here it Mr.Goss was a good man. He told me all the stories in office at Stor-All. I Mr Goss is with the Lord and we will all get to see someday. My heart is with you all your family.

    Terry

  8. Bill King permalink
    December 30, 2010

    Julie, so sorry for your loss. Back in the ’60s, as a young official, I had opportunity to officiate high school games with your dad in the Dallas and North Texas area.
    Stormy was a great guy and an excellent high school and Southwest Conference official. Stormy and his friend, Bob Finley, took me under their wings and taught me how to become a good official, and I will be forever grateful. I had the honor of working the 1968 Texas High School Championship game with your dad at TCU stadium in Fort Worth…. Abilene Cooper vs Austin Reagan, a wonderful experience.
    May God bless Roland ‘Stormy’ Goss

    Bill King, retired game official and NFL clock operator.
    Houston, TX

  9. Bill King permalink
    December 30, 2010

    Julie, so sorry for your loss. Back in the ’60s, as a young official, I had opportunity to officiate high school games with your dad in the Dallas and North Texas area.
    Stormy was a great guy and an excellent high school and Southwest Conference official. Stormy and his friend, Bob Finley, took me under their wings and taught me how to become a good official, and I will be forever grateful. I had the honor of working the 1968 Texas High School Championship game with your grandfather at TCU stadium in Fort Worth…. Abilene Cooper vs Austin Reagan, a wonderful experience.
    May God bless Roland ‘Stormy’ Goss

    Bill King, retired game official and NFL clock operator.
    Houston, TX

  10. April 26, 2011

    Hi Julie, My dad Walt, did business with your grandfather and his brother back in the 70’s. We were talking about them on the phone tonight and my dad wondered whether Stormy was still living so I Googled his name and found your site. I will copy it and send it to my father because he doesn’t do the internet….the conversation came up because my nephew, my dad’s grandson, Garrett Krstich is going to attend SMU and play football for them. He is going on an academic scholarship but, will walk on and hopes to play quarterback.
    I’m sorry to read about your grandfather and your Uncle Tiny….I met them both several times and was amused and impressed with their wonderful stories and memories. It is helpful to have good memories of those we’ve loved when they are gone.
    My best wishes to you and your family,
    Nancy Krstich Westphale

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