Jay Behringer Goerk
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Jay Behringer Goerk

AGE: 87 • Lakewood

Jay Behringer Goerk, 87, Lakewood, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Beloved husband of 65 years to Coralie. He was raised in Maplewood, where he was an Eagle Scout and graduate of Columbia HS. He earned his BA at Colgate University and was a member of DKE. He served twice in the U.S. Navy during WW II and Korea. He enjoyed a long and successful sales and marketing career in the food industry working at Procter & Gamble, Pepperidge Farms, Lipton Tea, Central Soya and Abbott Dairies where he was president. In retirement, he pursued his passion for painting and for golf. His painting of the 10th hole hangs in the locker room of the Spring Lake Golf Club where he was a longtime member. He was a Civil War buff who walked the battlefields many times. He derived great satisfaction teaching a course in Marketing at Monmouth University. His family learned to share his love of Duke Ellington, hanging out on the beach, and sharing cocktails on the patio. He will be missed by his wife and their four children, sons Jay Jr., David and Roger and his wife Adriana and daughter Jennifer and her husband Peter Lyden; and three grandchildren, Peter, Gus and Reagan.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Jul. 6, 2014.
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July 26, 2014
Dear Jay, So sad to learn of the passing of your father, who was undoubtedly an incredible gentleman, just as are you. With sympathy and hopes for a bereavement made more bearable by warm memories.
Emelie Kenney
July 25, 2014
Dear Jay,
I am very sorry to learn of your father's passing. I know how it feels to lose a great Dad. It takes time. Jay
Jay Handy
July 6, 2014
My family and I had the pleasure of meeting the Goerk family
when they lived in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. We both had brothers
playing football on a local team and met at a pre-football party at their house. Jay Sr. was a wonderful host and had a terrific sense of humor. I remain close friends with Jay Jr.
and treasure those memories. Thinking of you, Coke, David, Roger and Jennifer.
Love, Jennifer Senseny Neer
Jennifer Neer
July 6, 2014
I remember him as a good and content man with always a good story to tell. He was a good man. I am sorry for your loss.
Nellie Schulz
July 6, 2014
My membership at the Spring Lake Golf Club was enriched by my friendship with Jay who was warm, intelligent and extremely friendly. His military record showed him to be a true hero. His time as a corpsman with the marines at the battle of Tarawa, one of the bloodiest conflicts in the Pacific, deserves to be remembered as well as his other experiences. His devotion to Coralie was a true example of what a good marriage is all about. We have lost a true example of what it means to love family and country.
Steve and Joyce Keane
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