John George “Gus” Goske
SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. – John George “Gus” Goske entered into the rest of his Lord, Jan. 11, 2009, after a long illness.
John was born in Youngstown, Ohio April 25, 1924, to Mary Pacinda and John George Goske Sr., who both preceded him in death, as did his brother, Steve Goske.
He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Jean Bruner, whom he married Aug. 7, 1948; his daughter and son-in-law, Susan Jean and Joe Curtis Hammock, all of Simi Valley; and his sister-in-law, Marion Goske; and nieces and nephews in the Youngstown area.
The passions of Gus’s life were his family and his music. He began studying the guitar and music theory at an early age and went on to compose, arrange, perform, publish and record.
He was a long-time member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 86-242. In his career as an instructor, he taught hundreds of children and adults how to play the guitar, many of whom went on to become professional musicians. He was loved and appreciated for the patience and encouragement he gave his students. He held nothing back when it came to sharing his gift and love of music.
A crafter of beautiful melodies, some of his compositions include “Snowtime In Ohio,” “Dear Diary” for Imperial Records, songs for the vocal group, the Edsels on Capitol Records and “Crying Guitar” which he wrote and performed on the Hawaiian guitar for the Tammy Record Label.
He performed with countless groups, did live coast-to-coast radio broadcasts and was a cover feature in The Beat Magazine.
After he and his family moved from Ohio to Encino, Calif., in 1973, he became the bass player for “his girls,” his wife and daughter, who were his star pupils. Their group, Cherri & Company, performed for many years for a wide variety of shows, parties and events throughout southern California. In 1977, they moved to Simi Valley, where John taught guitar at World Music until he retired in 2002.
He was a member of the Simi Covenant Church and loved the Lord with all his heart.
“We’ll miss you Gus, your smiles and winks, your jokes and laughter, your spontaneous singing and dancing, and the tender melodies from your guitar. Thank you for your devotion to your family and for sharing your gift of music.”
Family and friends will gather for a memorial service Saturday, March 21, 2009, at the Simi Covenant Church in Simi Valley, to celebrate Gus’s life and his gift of music.
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