James W. “Jim” Gozzard, age 75, of Morehead, passed away Friday, October 9, 2020, at the VA Medical Center in Lexington.
He was born on June 1, 1945, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Lawrence Gozzard and Marian Mae Millward Gozzard.
Jim is survived by three children: Hays Gozzard, Heather Spears and husband Keith Spears, and Egan Colbert, all of Lexington; a brother, Larry Gozzard of Nokomis, Florida, and a sister, Beverly Van Hook of Tampa, Florida.
Jim came to Morehead in 1965 to attend Morehead State College (now University). He earned a bachelor’s degree in University Studies in 1980 and a master’s degree in Recreation in 1988. He also completed 18 hours of post graduate studies in therapeutic recreation at Eastern Kentucky University.
Jim was an avid vocalist who sang barbershop harmony for over 50 years. He founded two quartets, the Foothill Four and the Tru-Tones in Morehead and also performed solo renditions of the national anthem at MSU basketball games and at Rupp Arena. He was a member of several choruses.
Jim was a U.S. Army veteran, having served two Army hitches from Sep 66-Sep 68 and Sep 72-75. He was a combat soldier in the Republic of South Vietnam from Aug 67-Aug 68 and an Army medic from 1972-1975. He was a member of Morehead American Legion Post 126 for 25 years and a proud member of the Honor Guard for 15 years.
Jim worked for the United States Postal Service for 15 years. He started as a carrier for the Morehead Post Office and then became the Elliottville Postmaster.
A military service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, North East, 100 Veterans Memorial Drive, Grayson, KY 41143. Morehead American Legion Post 126 will provide the military honors.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 12 noon Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
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