Sherman Gonce Obituary
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Sherman Brett Gonce

September 17, 1934 - January 22, 2013
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Sherman was born on September 17, 1934, during the great depression of the thirties. Life for the new family was difficult, and they moved many times in Sherm’s young years. When he was young he became a victim of polio, which was sweeping the country in those days. He was taken to Texas to be treated by Sister Kenny, who had developed a cure for the disease, and he recovered. The family settled down in the 1940’s on a ranch close to Reno, Nevada, where he developed a love for the outdoors. He would talk often about moving cattle on his horse Cherokee, with his faithful Labrador into the grazing lands for the summer. Although young, he would spend many days alone, as his parents worked hard and long hours. His grandparents lived with them, and he spoke fondly of his Grandma Miller, who looked after him. His father, Chet Gonce, owned a radio station in Reno, and in 1952 a fire burned the station down. A job offer in Las Vegas prompted the family to leave Reno. He attended Las Vegas High School, graduating in 1953. He attended the University of Nevada Reno, then transferred to the southern division of University of Nevada Reno (UNLV), but did not finish his college education. He married his high school sweetheart, Noreen Callihan in 1954. He started working at the US Postal Service as a part time employee. He then became a full time employee thus starting his career. Their first daughter, Sara Lyn was born in 1956. In 1958, Laura Lee was born. In 1964,...
Sherman was born on September 17, 1934, during the great depression of the thirties. Life for the new family was difficult, and they moved many times in Sherm’s young years. When he was young he became a victim of polio, which was sweeping the country in those days. He was taken to Texas to be treated by Sister Kenny, who had developed a cure for the disease, and he recovered.

The family settled down in the 1940’s on a ranch close to Reno, Nevada, where he developed a love for the outdoors. He would talk often about moving cattle on his horse Cherokee, with his faithful Labrador into the grazing lands for the summer. Although young, he would spend many days alone, as his parents worked hard and long hours. His grandparents lived with them, and he spoke fondly of his Grandma Miller, who looked after him.

His father, Chet Gonce, owned a radio station in Reno, and in 1952 a fire burned the station down. A job offer in Las Vegas prompted the family to leave Reno. He attended Las Vegas High School, graduating in 1953.

He attended the University of Nevada Reno, then transferred to the southern division of University of Nevada Reno (UNLV), but did not finish his college education. He married his high school sweetheart, Noreen Callihan in 1954.

He started working at the US Postal Service as a part time employee. He then became a full time employee thus starting his career. Their first daughter, Sara Lyn was born in 1956. In 1958, Laura Lee was born. In 1964, Peter Bret arrived, and in December, 1965 Elizabeth Ellen followed. Sherman was a devout father, who loved his children fiercely. He attended their functions, supported their school activities, and was always their biggest supporter and cheerleader.

When they later divorced Sherman was devastated that his children no longer lived close to him.

Sherman and Barbara, who had known each other for sometime, started having dinner together. Their friendship became love and they were married on July 1, 1975.

Sherman continued his career with the Post Office, working his way up from part-time employee to a Director in Las Vegas and Postmaster of North Las Vegas, retiring after more than 37 years of service.

After retirement, Sherman and Barbara traveled in their RV to many places, they took trips to see their family, a trip to Alaska, and the Copper Canyon in Mexico and to favorite fishing spots in the southwest, a special place for fishing was Cave Lake in northern Nevada. They went on a few cruises, and a trip to Europe, where he relished visiting ancient historical locations.

Sherman was a history buff. He especially enjoyed the civil war and World War II, and Barbara joined him in their love of southwest history.

He could make friends anywhere and usually did. He had a great sense of fairness, and believed everyone should be treated fairly and often championed for that goal.

He always loved babies and was blessed with 9 grandchildren Brian, Craig, Elyse, Eric, Max, Noah, Isabella, Nathaniel, Grace and 2 great grandchildren Hunter and Lillian whom he adored. There was nothing better than getting the family together.

All who knew him are saddened by their loss. But we know he is in a better place, and we will be together again one day.

"Sherm, are you & Mike raising hell? And, what about Natalie. Hope you guys are having a marvelous reunion. Sure did love you and will miss you. Kaye"

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