David Marshall Goswick

Born: Sun., Apr. 26, 1953
Died: Wed., Sep. 6, 2017


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 22, 2017
Location: Gude Mortuary

Celebration of Life

10:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Sat., Sep. 23, 2017
Location: Nebraska City High School Gym

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David M. Goswick, age 64 of Dunbar, NE passed away on September 6, 2017 at his home.

David was born on April 26, 1953 in Charles City, IA; the son of Merle and Dixie Ann (Fisher) Goswick.  He grew up and attended school in Charles City, graduating from Charles City High School in 1971.  After high school he went to Northern Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, IA for two years and then went to the University of Northern Iowa for two years, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  

He began teaching in Nebraska after graduating from college.  He taught history and government classes at Springview, NE, Gresham, NE and Dawson-Verdon.  During these years of teaching he furthered his education by obtaining his Master’s Degree in Education Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa in 1983 and thus began his career as a guidance counselor.  He came to Nebraska City in 1989 and was the Guidance Counselor at Nebraska City High School for 28 years.  He touched so many lives of students, teachers and administrators over the years!  

David is survived by his sister Kim Beattie and husband Rick of West Branch, IA; niece Nicole Williams and husband Terry of Clarence, IA; nephew Ricky Beattie, Jr. of West Branch, IA; five great-nieces and nephews:  Trevor Williams, Emily Williams, Tyler Williams, Jason Beattie and Treyton Williams; other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and aunts and uncles.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Nebraska City High School (David’s home away from home).  Inurnment will be held at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City, IA.

The family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday (9/22) at Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to a Scholarship Fund being established for a Nebraska City High School Student in David Goswick’s Memory.

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Ryan Kenealy
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Mr. Goswick was an amazing guidance counselor .He was there for all high school students to help them with anything be it school related or if something went bad in their life he was there .He is one of the greatest people I've ever met .Gos,I'll miss u buddy

Pam Hillman
   Posted Fri September 08, 2017
I had the pleasure of working with Gos for many years at the high school. His sense of humor was infectious, and he showed his compassion through his actions, with students, staff and friends. He had an organized and systematic way of getting things done while always keeping his cool. He will be missed!

Jenny Grooms-Jura
   Posted Sat September 09, 2017
Mr. Goswick was truly an amazing man. He believed in every one of his students even when we didn't believe in ourselves. He impacted so many lives. Rest In Peace, Mr. Goswick. You will truly be missed.

Janis Mullins
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am to lose such a good friend in Dave Goswick. I have known him for all 39 years of my teaching career, starting with the Gresham, NE days. He always had such supportive words throughout the years and was always one of those individuals I truly respected. What I know for sure is that he was true blue loyal to his friends, students, and family. It will not be the same for me knowing he is no longer in Nebraska City for me to visit on the way to my hometown of Falls City. We had many lunches and visits and tours of the school and town. My entire family is sad too, as Dave joined us over the years in Falls City. My deepest sympathy to Kim and Rick, Nicole, and Ricky and the entire Goswick family. My deepest sympathy also to the staff and students that David Goswick touched with his kindness, friendship, and educational expertise. RIP Goswick. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life.

Tom Strunk
   Posted Thu September 14, 2017
I was greatly saddened to learn of Dave's passing. He was a great guy and colleague. He will be sincerely missed by all those who knew him. Rest in peace, my friend!

Gary Schaffer
   Posted Thu September 14, 2017
With the utmost grace, Dave, comfortably and effortlessly flowed through and among the lives of his young charges. He respected them without hesitation and they returned the honor in kind. What a more peaceful and harmonious world we would have if their mutual example was practiced more extensively within this too often troubled world of ours.

Among Dave’s facets, was a compassionate and reflective nature. I can imagine his thoughts drifting to this poignant yet uplifting melody, as he would think of his lifetime of friendships and all that each one meant to him....

Rest in peace old friend.....


Christine Matthews
   Posted Thu September 14, 2017
As the parent of 2 children that graduated from Nebraska City High School, I spent quite a bit of time with Mr. Goswick. He was always so patient and friendly, and he helped me with my kids even when they weren't responsive to his help. Real heroes don't wear capes, they teach - and counsel. So very sad to hear of his passing.

Randy and Jean Christensen
   Posted Tue September 19, 2017
Dave (Gos) has been a friend to me for almost 50 years and my wife Jean for close to 60 years as they grew up across the street from each other in the 9th Avenue/ "E" Street neighborhood in Charles City, Iowa. Dave was always there for all the kids of their neighborhood playing all the old games day or night. As they grew older they would go to him for advise or a shoulder to cry or lean on. When I came to know Dave in junior high we became good friends, we share many laughs, enjoyed many card games, and had same interest being Yankees, Hawkeyes, and Packers fans. As we graduated from high school and took separate paths through our life those path would lead back to us catching up on our friendship. Dave was so loved and respected not by all from his neighbors but from his classmates but through his teaching colleagues and students. Gos we know your work is not completed as God has something amazing plan for you. RIP

Donna Steppat
   Posted Thu September 21, 2017

GARDEN PATH was sent by Turnquist Family.

Dave seemed to be part of our family. We our so blessed to have known him Turnquist Family

Donna Steppat
   Posted Thu September 21, 2017

Footprints was sent by Turnquist Family.

Dave was a great person Loved by all of us

Lori Balke
   Posted Fri September 22, 2017
Mr. G, You were a one in a million teacher, friend, counselor, human being. Thanks for always being on the other end of the phone....I will miss you my friend. One last high five to you and I hope you find good seats for the baseball games in heaven.

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