Gordon Hoskins, 72

Gordon F. Hoskins, 72, of Broken Bow, formerly of Arnold, died Saturday, Febr. 8, 2014, at the Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. In the fall of 1941, on the 5th day of November, Gordon Francis Hoskins was born with the aid of a midwife in the house where he would live almost his whole life. Gordon's middle name was the same as his grandfather Francis Alfonso Hoskins. Gordon's grade school days were spent in the one room schoolhouse of Loyal.Gordon's last days in eighth grade at Loyal were in the spring of 1955. Gordon was a teenager headed for high school, a big step in his young life and a big change from Loyal country school. Arnold High School was Gordon's next four years of schooling from 1956 until graduation in 1960. After graduation, Gordon enlisted in National Guard. His last schooling was from the Body and Fender School of Omaha. Gordon and Jean Bose Hoskins were married in Broken Bow. Gordon was employed at BD in Broken Bow for many years and then moved to Minnesota to work with his brother, Virgil Jr., who was operating Corn Cob Collectionand Shipping Co. Gordon remained there until 1972 or 1973 when he moved back tothe Arnold area and home farm where he helped his father. He later helped his brother with his farm and custom work. He later became Virgil, Jr.'s caretaker until his passing in 2008. Gordon enjoyed being behind the wheel of a car headed somewhere and having something to enjoy when he got there. Gordon was pleased to get invited to family dinners and being part of the family. In the fall of 2013, Gordon was hospitalized then transferred to the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow. Gordon himself was enjoyed and in turn he enjoyed the nurses, residents, the activities and visitors that came to see him. His last words to youwould be "thank you for coming to see me". Survivors include his sister, Mary (Gerald) Greene; sister-in-law, Shirley Hoskins; five nieces and nephews; several great- nieces and nephews, and Bill Koubek and family. Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Arnold, with the Rev. Andrew Black officiating. Burial was in the Arnold Cemetery. Memor-ials may go to the Arnold Cemetery, c/o of Box 51, Mason City, NE 68855. Arnold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, Feb. 13, 2014