James F. Gosnell

James F. Gosnell

James F. Gosnell


James Franklin (Jim) Gosnell, of Warrensburg, Mo., formerly of Blairstown, Iowa, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, at the Warrensburg Veterans Home. A graveside service will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. at

the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown, Iowa. The family will host a celebration of life gathering beginning at noon at the American Legion Hall in Belle Plaine, Iowa.

Jim was born June 4, 1941, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to James and Alma Margaret (Peggy) Gosnell. He was united in marriage to Beverly Karen Boyer on Dec. 31, 1964, in Unionville, Iowa. The Gosnells spent 48 years in Blairstown, Iowa, before moving to Ankeny in August of 2020, then Jim moved to Missouri following Karen’s death in January 2021. Jim was a Radarange Inspector for Amana Refrigeration and a long-time member of the Marengo Church of the Nazarene.

Jim is survived by his daughters, Vonita (Michael) Hill of Eureka, Mo., and Tammy (James) Gauer of Olathe, Kan.; son, Nicholas (Pamela) Gosnell of Inman, Kan.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Simmons, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Karen; his brother, Bill; and his brother-in-law, Norman M. Simmons Sr.

Though dementia made his final years difficult, he had a love for talking about heaven in his lucid moments that gives us no doubt that his hope resided there. He loved Jesus and believed that he is the one and only way to true eternal joy. What a day of rejoicing it is for us to know he is where he always wanted to be. We want everyone who reads this to join him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to give.nazarene.org.

Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net.

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