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Darlene M. (Fullmer) Gossage, age 83, of Greenwood, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
She was born in Reedsburg, Wis., on Sept. 5, 1930 to Reno Daniel Fullmer and Alice (Black) Fullmer / Herritz, both of whom preceded her in death.
Darlene was married to Glenn Gossage on Feb. 17, 1950. She was an active member of the first Baptist Church of Greenwood at the time of her death. She retired from the American Baptist Churches/USA state office in Indianapolis in 1990 after 12 years of doing the bookkeeping.
Darlene and her husband, Glenn, were the owners and proprietors of Beech Grove Bowl from 1969 until 1975. During their ownership, they were able to increase the bowling lineage by almost 50 percent above the previous years. Darlene was the “onsite owner” during the day while her husband was working at Eli Lilly during this time. It was a fun time for both of them in meeting and getting to know many new friends through the bowling center.
After retirement, including 10 years as Florida residents, Darlene and her husband returned to full time residence in Indiana. She kept busy with church work, neighborhood visitation and care and concern for all who needed it. She was the perfect mate for her husband, always ready for whatever arose, be it playing golf, bowling, traveling the country (especially day trips) or just spending a restful day at home together. She was steadfast and regular in sending greeting cards to her friends, her family and her acquaintances when she felt a word of cheer, a word of comfort or just a friendly “thinking of you” was needed. Her presence always seemed to improve the level of lives of everyone with who she came in contact.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn Gossage and daughters, Paula S. Boone (William) of Indianapolis and Peggy A. Votava (Glenn) of McHenry, Illinois. Grandchildren, all surviving, include Michael Boone (Jackie) of Indianapolis, Jason Boone (Heidi) of Boston, Mass., Jonathan Boone (LoriAnne) of Whiteland, Kristin Leasure of Farmville, Virginia and Gregory Leasure of Lynchburg, Virginia. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Cody Boone and Cheyenne Boone, of Indianapolis, and Joel Boone and Faith Boone, both of Whiteland, A fifth great-grandchild is only weeks away in Boston, Mass., compliments of grandson, Jason Boone and his wife, Heidi.
Also surviving is her sister, Faye Templin, of Baraboo, Wis. and two sisters-in-law, Lillian G. Greeson of Winston Salem, N.C. and Velma G. Strong of Huntsville, Ala.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 99 W. Main St., Greenwood with funeral service immediately following the visitation at 11 a.m. with Dr. Thomas Bridges officiating. Final graveside prayers will be at Washington Park East Cemetery, 10612 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. A church dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the church basement and all are invited to join us.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center.
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