RICHARD W. GOSHORN Sr.

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RICHARD W. GOSHORN SR., 96, passed away Thursday evening Feb. 8, 2018, due to pneumonia after a bout with the flu. Born in 1921 in Ossian, Ind., he was was the son of Garry and Mabel Goshorn. Richard was a graduate of South Side High School, Indiana University Schools of Business and Law and the Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He also did graduate work on federal taxation at New York University. During World War II, Richard served as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. His airplane was shot down over Germany and he spent the last nine months of World War II as a prisoner of war. "One moment I was flying along and the next thing I knew I was flying through the air in my chair." Only two of the 10-person crew survived. Although Richard claimed he was not a hero for being shot down and taken prisoner, he certainly was a hero for repeatedly climbing into an airplane that had a 20 percent chance of being shot from the sky on any given day. Richard was awarded a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After World War II Richard worked at the local law firm Adair, Perry, Beers, McAlister and Mallers and served as Vice President and Trust Officer of Lincoln National Bank and Trust Company. Later, he was chairman of the board of Indiana Permaglass Systems, Inc. and facilitated the reorganization of many businesses. Richard served as president of the Fort Wayne chapter of the American Institute of Banking, was the chair of the Indiana Bankers Association Committee on Taxation and was a member of the American Bankers Association Commission on estates and trusts. Richard was active in the Fort Wayne community on the board of the Fine Arts Foundation, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Better Business Bureau and the Downtown Fort Wayne Association. He was a member of the Friars Club, the 100 Percent Club, the Fort Wayne Press Club and the Orchard Ridge Country Club. Richard was an excellent golfer and also enjoyed fishing. A long-time friend recalled him saying, "I need 10 minutes notice to go golfing and 15 to go fishing." Richard is survived by his wife of 74 years, Helen (Guysinger) and sons, Gregory (Stephanie Smith) Goshorn of Austin, Texas, Douglas and Brian Goshorn of Fort Wayne; and daughters, Carol (Bruce) Whitinger of Fort Wayne and Marcia Goshorn of Aspen, Colo. Richard also leaves five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his eldest son, Richard William Goshorn, Jr. At Richard's request there will be no memorial service. Friends and well-wishers are encouraged to make contributions to an organization of their choice in Richard's honor.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 11, 2018
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