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Ralph A. Gosda, 79, of Arcadia, Fla.,
formerly of Lincoln, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at 10:45 p.m. at
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with the
Rev. Phillip Blackburn officiating. There will also be a
Masonic service at 11:45 a.m. at the funeral home, followed
by visitation from noon to 1 p.m.
Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Beason.
Gosda was a licensed plumber-steamfitter for the
Springfield local, was employed several years by
Albert Bros. Construction and retired from state
employment at Lincoln Developmental Center.
He was born June 21, 1930, at Atlanta to William
A. and Lillian Marie Gimble Gosda. He married Martha
Rose Gardner on Oct. 4, 1985.
He is survived by his wife, of Arcadia, Fla.; two
daughters, Ruth (and Jeff) Trimble of Bakersfield,
Calif., and Sue (and Neil) Napolitano of
Bloomington; two sons, Roger (and Sally) Gosda of
Lincoln and Rich (and Allison) Gosda of Hickory,
N.C.; three sisters, Lillian Kneckt of DeKalb,
Dorothy Klockenga of Decatur and Rose Singley of
Topeka; two sisters-in-law, Dessie Gosda and Dorothy
Gosda; and nine grandchildren, Chris, Kelly and
Katie Gosda, Luke and Joel Gosda, Amanda Trimble and
Sam, Matthew and Michael Napolitano.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters
Saranda Torbeck and Ruth Schmidt; and brothers
Elmer, William, Albert, Charles, Gustave, Arthur and
He was a member of Arcadia Presbyterian Church,
He was active in many organizations. He was a past
master and life member of Lincoln Masonic Lodge 210.
He had a dual membership with Masonic Lodge 165 in
Atlanta and Peace River Masonic Lodge 66 in Arcadia,
Fla. He was also a member of the Eagles Lodge in
Lincoln and Elks Lodge 1524 in Arcadia, Fla. He was
a founding member of REACT in Lincoln, a former Boy
Scout leader and a charter member of Faith Lutheran
Church in Lincoln.
He loved to travel and was an avid fisherman,
gardener and sports fan.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital, First
Presbyterian of Lincoln or the Presbyterian church
of Arcadia, Fla.
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