William John Goff

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GOFF The Reverend William John Goff, 76, was called home by his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 2, 2010 after an extended illness. His final days were spent in the company of family and friends. The son of Dwight and Alberta Goff, he was born on June 8, 1933 on the Goff family farm in Broadway, Ohio. After graduating from Marion Harding High School, he entered Otterbein College in September 1951, where he majored in Sociology and Psychology and was a member of Pi Beta Sigma Fraternity. A lifelong lover of music, during his sophomore year he sang the lead in "The Student Prince," and his beautiful and distinctive tenor voice was appreciated and long remembered by all who heard it. While at Otterbein he met Jean Pardoe, a fellow student and daughter of a minister, to whom he was married April 3, 1955. Upon renewing their marriage vows in 2005, he proudly remarked that he and Jean were "joined at the hip." Following graduation from Otterbein in 1955 he continued his education at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois, where he graduated in 1958 and was subsequently ordained in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1987, he graduated from the Methodist Evangelical Seminary of Ohio with a Masters degree in liturgical arts. His long and varied ministry began with small, rural churches in Pennsylvania coal country and, after a five-year tenure as a social worker, resumed when he was appointed Protestant Chaplain at the Ohio Penitentiary in 1967. After the Penitentiary's closing, he concluded his state service as Chaplain of the Marysville Women's Reformatory. A serendipitous appointment as pastor of York United Methodist Church, only a stone's throw from his birthplace, followed his retirement from the state. In addition, he served as visitation pastor at the Church of the Master in Westerville for 14 years. He was a 40 year member and Past Master of West Gate lodge #623 F.A.M. Reverend Goff was an eternal optimist, deeply respected by family and friends for his kindness, generosity, and true humility. He loved an adventure, and was always game for escapades with his children and grandchildren as they made their way through life. He was adored as "Pap Pap" by all of his granddaughters, as proud of and connected to his youngest - and intellectually disabled - as he was the others. Always an animal lover, he was best pal to many dogs and cats across his life. He was an avid historian with an excellent sense of humor and flair for story-telling, qualities evident in the autobiography he wrote for his children and grandchildren titled "Called by Name." He enjoyed his rose garden, and was an ardent collector of model cars, nutcrackers, and stamps, and as advisor to the Ohio Penitentiary stamp club was invited to be keynote speaker at the Stamp Exhibition at Walpole Prison. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Justine. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jean (Pardoe) Goff; son and daughter-in-law, William and Janet Goff; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Stephen Radomski; daughter, Judith Goff; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer and Kevin Radomski; granddaughter, Christina Radomski; granddaughters, Meredith, Chloe, Lydia, and Beatrice Goff; great- grandchildren, Caitlin and Brayden Radomski; brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Cindy Goff; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Dave Zeltwanger, Diane and Fred Clausner, Jean Pardoe, and Richard Konigsburg; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Calling hours at HILL FUNERAL HOME Friday, May 7, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. and Church of the Master, Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 9:30-11 a.m. Masonic service will be held Friday, May 7, 2010 at Hill Funeral Home at 6 p.m. Memorial Service at Church of the Master, Saturday May 8, 2010 at 11 a.m. Pastor Todd Anderson officiating, the Reverend David Hogg assisting. Graveside service at Broadway Cemetery, Broadway, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Master United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 24 Grove St., Westerville, Ohio.
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