Karl George Goff
Karl George Goff, of Bradenton, Fla., and Burton, died June 9, 2009, at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center in Claridon Township. He was 87. He was born in Burton on Oct. 3, 1921. He graduated from Burton High School in 1941, and was inducted into the Burton Athletic Hall of Fame.
Karl entered the U.S. Air Corps in October 1942. After training, he was based in England and flew 23 combat missions in B-24 bombers before being shot down over Germany. He was a prisoner of war in Stalag 7A, Germany, and was liberated in April 1945, by Patton's Army, to return to the United States.
Karl attained the rank of staff sergeant, received the Air medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart and the EAME Theatre Service Medal with two Bronze stars. His bomb group was awarded the croix de guerre avec plume citation. An individual diploma and the Medaille de la France Liberee Medal were issued to Karl. The award presentation was made at the 1990 Reunion of the Second Air Division of the 8th Air Force at Norwich, England, by Lt. Col. Foron of the French Embassy.
He married Barbara Harrington on July 7, 1948, and they resided in Burton until their retirement to Florida. They owned the Burton Electric Co. from 1948 to 1958. Karl then became manager of the parts department at Middlefield Hardware Co. until his retirement in 1983. He also drove school bus for 26 years for the Berkshire School District.
Karl served on the Burton Village Council for two terms and on the Board of Public Affairs for two terms. He was a 25 year member of the Burton Volunteer Fire Department and was elected chief for three terms. He was president of the Geauga County Firemen's Association for two terms.
Karl was a member of the Atwood-Mauck Post 459, American Legion since 1949 and was commander for five terms. During his 1953 term of office, the Post built the Veterans Monument in Burton Park. During the 1970, '71 and '72 terms of office, an addition to the Post house was constructed with volunteer labor.
Karl was a charter member of the Burton Jaycee's, a member of the Burton Chamber of Commerce, a life member of the D.A.V. and the American EX-P.O.W. organizations. He was a volunteer leader of the Burton Little League from 1963 to 1966. His greatest joy was spending time with his 13 grandchildren and supporting all of their athletic and extra-curricular activities.
Those who will cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Barbara (nee Harrington) Goff; daughters, Cindi (Charles "Skip") Boehnlein of Burton and Connie Hietanen of East Claridon; sons, Karl A. Goff and Kenneth (Ruth) Goff of Burton; grandchildren, Jennifer (Dennis) DeRenzo, Julie (Dr. David) Berman, Rachael Tetlow, Natalie (Mike) Rock, William (Rachel) Boehnlein, Mary (Brandon) Hipp, Daniel Goff, Stephen Goff, Michael Hietanen, Andrew Goff, Rebekah Goff, Jessica Goff and Timothy Goff; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Worthy and Mary (nee Pfenniger) Goff; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Georgian and Charles Russell, and Dorothy and Harold Nelson. Funeral services were held June 13 at Russell Funeral Service in Middlefield. Pastor D. Ray Mullet of Burton officiated.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Atwood-Mauck Post #459 American Legion, P.O. Box 261, Burton, OH 44021. RUSSELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 15670 West High St., Middlefield, (440) 632-0241, handled arrangements. Online condolences at www.russellfuneralservicesusa.com.
Updated: July 03, 2009