Haven't been online in a while. Thought I'd update this thread. I kept putting off repair until I noticed the radiator was weeping coolant on bottom corner. Power steering cooler slight leak as well.
New radiator, hoses, coolant ,thermostat, and power steering cooler and what a difference. Gage never gets above half way.
tjbiker , your diagnosis was absolutely correct.
06HemiRam, wchnu , and simpleguy were also correct that it was the radiator.
Thanks to everyone who posted.