Alva Lee Goss

Alva Goss

Galveston, Texas - Alva "Lee" Goss, 72 years old, of Onawa, Iowa passed away on Monday, January 29th  after a brief illness. 

Lee was born of Cherokee heritage in Muskogee, Oklahoma on March 6th, 1945.  He lived in Oregon for several years before moving back to Oklahoma.  He then joined the Air Force, volunteering for Vietnam, where he was sent to Cho-Lon, RVN and earned his E5 stripes and two Purple Hearts.  After discharge, he returned to Salem, Oregon where he worked for West Coast Grocery and met his soulmate, Linda.  Lee and Linda married on September 21st, 1996, subsequently moving to Boise, Idaho for a few years before moving to Dickinson, Texas, and then on to his current home in Onawa.  

Lee and Linda spent the winters in Galveston, Texas and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he liked to golf, play pickleball, go to the dog park and feed the ducks on the lake.  He also enjoyed working on the computer, racing around the yard on his riding lawn mower, or tinkering with projects in the garage. He was also a member of MENSA. 

Lee is survived by his wife Linda, in Onawa; his two step-daughters, Laurie Maxson and husband Kelsey, and Lana Lander of Galveston; two siblings, Ben Goss of Oakland, California and Barbara George of Klamath Falls, Oregon and a cousin, Jo Goss Wilcox of Bullhead City, Arizona.

A memorial service will be held in Onawa, Iowa at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to Murrow Indian Children's Home, 2540 Murrow Circle, Muskogee, OK  74403, Attn: Betty Martin OR you can donate on line at

Condolence cards may be sent to the family at 53 LeBrun Court, Galveston, Texas 77551