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Edward "Don" Daniel Gonsioroski

June 3, 1919 - March 5, 2014
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Edward Daniel "Don"-gone Gonsioroski, 94 of Yakima passed away on March 5, 2014 at Crescent Healthcare. Don was born on June 3, 1919, in Wibaux County, Montana, on the family homestead. He always said, "I was born in a barn!" He was the youngest child of Albert and Mary (Derdowski) Gonsioroski. He attended a one room schoolhouse until the eighth grade then went to work for various farmers in Eastern Montana. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Montana then joined the Army-Air Corp from 1941-1945, serving at William's Field AZ. with the 89th Training and Air Base Squadron and the 301st Depot Repair Squadron. Don...
Edward Daniel "Don"-gone Gonsioroski, 94 of Yakima passed away on March 5, 2014 at Crescent Healthcare. Don was born on June 3, 1919, in Wibaux County, Montana, on the family homestead. He always said, "I was born in a barn!" He was the youngest child of Albert and Mary (Derdowski) Gonsioroski.

He attended a one room schoolhouse until the eighth grade then went to work for various farmers in Eastern Montana. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Montana then joined the Army-Air Corp from 1941-1945, serving at William's Field AZ. with the 89th Training and Air Base Squadron and the 301st Depot Repair Squadron. Don moved his family to Southern California in 1951, settling in Canoga Park. He worked for several aircraft manufacturers, retiring from Nordskog, in Van Nuys, California, where they built galleys for aircraft. In 1969, he returned to Eastern Montana to raise sheep then cattle. In 1995, Don moved to Moxee, Washington, and lived in Rivard Apts. He was a talented carpenter, tile layer and woodworker. He played the accordion ("squeezebox") and harmonica which always brought enjoyment to everyone especially the little people. Don loved practical jokes and had an off-beat sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. He was a life-long member of the Catholic Church.

Don is survived by his daughter, Linda of Yakima, and sons, Edward (Marilyn) of Ellensburg, Alan (Sherri) of Anchorage, Alaska, and David of Moxee and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren scattered from "hell to breakfast". He is also survived by many nephews & nieces as well as very special friends throughout the country.

Don was preceded in death by, Jane, his wife of 22 years, his parents, nine siblings and granddaughter Carolyn Taylor.

Grandpa was a crazy old coot and will be sorely missed. We are comforted in knowing he is now with his Savior and playing his accordion once again…….PLAY ON GRANDPA, PLAY ON!!!

To the staff and personnel at Crescent Healthcare and Wynwood of Yakima, Thank You for all the kindness and care you gave "Don". God Bless You All.

A Vigil service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home with visitation continuing until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Holy Rosary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home on the Range, a Boys & Girls house/ranch in North Dakota c/o Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home 1010 W Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98902. To share a memory, visit www.lmfuneralhome.com.

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"Donny was around my grandparents ranch (Wyrick's) for as long as I can remember and a great Friend. MY kids loved riding the four wheeler with him he..." Melody Durden (Livingston, MT)

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