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Funeral services planned for Trooper Tim Gossett

Trooper Tim Gossett entertains Evelyn Schlicher, daughter of Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher. (Photo Provided)

A trooper with the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is being remembered as caring and empathetic after passing away early Friday morning at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Timothy M. Gossett, 51, a lifelong Marietta resident, died unexpectedly of a heart attack after spending Thanksgiving with his family.

“I’ve known him almost 20 years,” said Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher. “I met him through the highway patrol.”

Schlicher said Gossett was caring and took his job seriously.

“He would do anything to help anybody,” he added.

Gossett was dispatcher at the Marietta Post for 14 years before going to the academy, graduating in 2004. Questions to the highway patrol were referred to Lt. Chris Chesar, post commander, who was unable to return a phone call Monday.

Schlicher is a member of the highway patrol’s auxiliary and rode with Gossett on patrol “for a lot of shifts.”

“He always had that seriousness about the job, but always had empathy for the victims,” he added. “He had to deal with the aspect of being in law enforcement and arresting individuals, but he had a care for everyone.”

He said he got the news of Gossett’s death around midnight Thursday.

“It was a real shock. He was in real good shape,” Schlicher explained, noting the trooper ran and kayaked. “He was someone you would think was in good shape.”

Schlicher said he and his wife, Amity, had spent time with Gossett and his wife, Michele, and got to know them “pretty well.”

Michele, Gossett’s wife of 32 years, said there was no indication there was anything wrong. They had just spent Thanksgiving with family, including children, Casey, 32, and Dani, 29.

“We had family (Thanksgiving) dinner. Everybody had left,” she explained. “We sat talking before bed like we usually do.”

She said Gossett complained of heartburn, but took Tums and drank a glass of milk.

“He looked at me and said he was going to pass out. He passed out on the floor,” she haltingly described. “I called 911 and started CPR and did CPR until the EMTs got here, but he never got back up.”

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, Marietta. Family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Masks are required as well as social distancing. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.lankfordfh.com.

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