December 27, 1937 - February 24, 2019
Robert Andrew Gossel died peacefully on February 24, 2019 in the Seven Sisters Nursing Home in Hot Springs at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Clara Rose (Rust) Gossel. Robert was born at home in Red Canyon, Fall River County on December 27, 1937. At an early age Robert displayed a love for drawing by sketching in his Mother’s cookbooks and later in the margins of his elementary school text books. Even though he never completed public school, at the age of 16 he was enrolled in an art instructional school correspondence course based in Minnesota and continued this training for 8 years. obert completed his training and received a diploma from art school. Over the years Robert entered numerous art competitions and was awarded many awards, ribbons and commendations for his work. As he developed his unique style of painting, Robert was influenced greatly by family friend and renowned western artist, John Clymer. In 1971 Robert submitted drawings to the South Dakota Ornithologist’s Union and was chosen to be featured on the cover and inside of their magazine, South Dakota Bird Notes.
Hot Springs is also fortunate to have been the recipient of several murals painted by Robert. Two of those murals, originally placed at the Riverside Market, are preserved in the Fall River County Museum. An extensive mural, painted in the State Veterans Home dining room, was destroyed when the building was demolished but is preserved in photographs by concerned friends and a small segment remains on display at the State Veterans Home. Other paintings that can be seen around town include a depiction of Wind Cave in the Evans lobby and many pieces that were generously given to his friends and family through the years. Robert loved people and shared his passion for drawing and painting with his dear friends in the Hot Springs’ art group.
In July of 2012, Robert professed his belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, was baptized in Fall River and became a faithful member of Joy Community Fellowship. He enjoyed sharing his talents with the church and, because of his love for Christian music, was an avid supporter of their radio station KJFP. Prayer was also very important shown by his regular attendance at prayer meetings and the prayer journal he maintained. “How Great Thou Art” was one of the last songs sung by Robert during his final days in this life, a testimony to his love for God and his expectation of eternal life.
Robert is survived by his brother, Vern (Linda) Gossel and many cousins. A memorial service celebrating Robert’s life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Joy Community Fellowship, 309 Canton Avenue, Hot Springs.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: KJFP (Joy Community Fellowship), The Gideons International and Pioneer Museum – Memo: Robert Gossel Art Exhibit