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James E. Goham, age 79, of Mayville, died at his home on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 11, at 4 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mayville with Rev. Fr. Tom Biersack serving as celebrant.

VISITATION: A time of visitation will take place on Friday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church in Mayville.

Military Rites will be conducted by the Mayville American Legion Post 69. Inurnment will take place on a later date at St. Mary Cemetery in Mayville.

Jim was born to Joseph E. and Sophie D.(Duszynski) Goham in Milwaukee June 18, 1932.

He and Patricia Ann Hanson married on June 30, 1956 in West Allis, Wis.

Mr. Goham earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at Marquette University and a Master of Business Administration degree at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

As a Registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and Arizona, he was proud of his professional achievements in engineering, management, and as an engineering consultant to manufacturers.

Active as a volunteer, he used his professional skills initially with the Urban League as a math tutor for building trades apprenticeship candidates (LEAP), as well as served as a mentor to students considering careers in Engineering. He served as his wife Pat's third grade teaching assistant at Holy Trinity School in Kewaskum. He conducted water quality research at Riveredge Nature Center and trained high school science teachers and students in water quality testing techniques.

As active members of St Mary's Parish, Jim and Pat enjoyed serving together as Lay Ministers since moving to Mayville in the early 1970s. Among their ministries were FOCCUS (a marriage preparation course for engaged couples), RCIA (a preparation program for those entering or expanding participation in the Catholic Faith), serving as Mass ectors, and serving as Eucharistic Ministers.

Since 1994, Pat and Jim observed "Milwaukee Mondays" by helping to provide clothing and preparing meals for the homeless at St Ben's Loaves and Fishes Community Meal. Each week they did the grocery shopping at Second Harvest for the Mayville Food Pantry.

Survivors include his wife, Pat, of Mayville; three children: Mary Goham of Milwaukee, Ann Fischler of Oconomowoc, and James R. (Nancy) Goham of Princeton, and grandchildren, Joel and Mitch Goham, Allison and Andrew Fischler.

He was preceded in death by their youngest son, George M. Goham, his brother, 1st Lt. Robert E. Goham, and his parents, Joseph and Sophie.

Memorials to St Mary's Church or School, the Mayville Food Pantry or to St. Ben's Community Meal are appreciated.

The Koepsell Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Mayville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at


Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on May 9, 2012
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