Billy James Goshen, Jr.

Billy James Goshen Jr.

August 28, 1948 — May 10, 2018

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Billy James Goshen Jr., 69, of Marble Falls, Texas, left this earth for his eternal home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Jenkins Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St., Burnet, Texas. Interment will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet.

Bill is predeceased by his father, Billy Goshen Sr.; his mother, Dorothy Day Hall; his stepfather, S. Rex Hall; his brother, Terry Hall; his sister, Sherry Hall Hayt; and his beloved wife of just under 46 years, Jackie Coble Goshen.

He is survived by his two brothers, Timothy Goshen and Michael Kelly Goshen; his stepmother, Bea Henry; his son, Kurtis Goshen; his daughter, Wendy Holtz, her husband William Holtz and granddaughter Eleanor Holtz; along with his nieces and nephews and many adopted brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.

Bill loved his family dearly. He was passionate about hunting and fishing with his son and never missed any of his high school football games. He also invested in his daughter’s education and musical passions by giving her voice lessons. His wife was his pride and joy. Her smile lighted his face, and he called her his queen. The two were inseparable for many years and have now been reunited.

Bill would also consider his military brothers his family, as he faithfully served our country in the Vietnam War, earning both a Purple Heart and Silver Star during his time of service in the US Army Company 1, 75 Infantry Ranger, 1st Infantry Division. Bill was an Airborne L.R.R.P. Ranger, and even after being medically retired from the military, continued honoring the Red, White and Blue by leading various patriotic rallies, writing and sharing various articles and poems to honor our military and Civil Servants and authoring his autobiographical work entitled, WAR PAINT.

Bill was born on Aug. 28, 1948, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but spent the majority of his life in Texas. He was a Texas Rangers and Texas Longhorns fan.

Bill was a man who was passionate about freedom. He lived his life to help others find hope and peace. After a successful career in sales and business in his 20s, Bill decided to become a minister of the Gospel. He was a pastor, a chaplain and a counselor for many veterans. In his later years, a person could often find him in the Marble Falls Starbucks, drinking a coffee and sharing his faith with everyone around him. He personally found freedom in Christ and wanted everyone else to experience the same.

Bill’s last year and a half were spent in Waco, Texas. He continued to write while he spent time with his wife and father-in-law. He also entertained assisted living residents with his singing. He wore an American flag pen on his lapel and never lost sight of the price of freedom. May we continue to carry the torch and remember that “freedom is never free.”

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