Delphos Constant Goff, 87, of West Mansfield, passed away in his home Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Jeanie, his loving wife of 68 years, was at his side, and they were surrounded by family.
Delphos was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Broadway, to the late C.H. and Mamie Bacon Goff. He also was preceded in death by his brothers and their beloved wives, Drell (Alfreda) Goff and Dallas (Annamae) Goff, and by his father’s second wife, Bertha.
On Feb. 3, 1945, Delphos married the love of his life, Norma Jean “Jeanie” Kavanagh, who survives, along with their six children, Dale (Linda), Thomas (Karen), Beverly Goff, Betty Lou (Tim) Van Buskirk, Roger (Robin) and Bradley Goff, all of Logan County; 11 grandchildren, Lyn (David) Liner, Heather (Scott Sattler) Van Buskirk, Tyler (Jen) Goff, Kristel (Mark Siegel) VanBuskirk, Randy Goff, Seth (Sadie Banta) Van Buskirk, Kristin (Chad) Durian, Sara, Ciara, Jessica and Allyson Goff; six great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Elizabeth Liner, Layne VanSiegel, Malcolm and Tessa Sattler and Tommy Durian; several nieces and nephews; and special attendants and nurses who have cared for him.
Delphos filled his life with family, work interests, travel, community activities, many hobbies, and an excitement for learning new things. He grew up around the family business, C.H. Goff & Sons Lumberyard, where he then worked with his father and brothers, and later managed. After this, Delphos was successful in several entrepreneurial ventures, including life insurance sales, laundromat ownership and operation, and crop hail insurance sales. In 1944-45 he served in the United States Army Air Corps/Air Force. He was able to enjoy an Honor Flight to the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C., in November 2009.
Over the years, Delphos was active in and served the community as a Boy Scout leader, longtime Sunday School superintendent, 65-year Lions Club member and officer in various positions, West Mansfield Conservation Club charter member, volunteer fireman and EMT, Little League coach, high school basketball scorekeeper, 4-H leader and church officer. He was a member of the American Legion, the Logan County Historical Society, the JayCees, and the West Mansfield United Methodist Church. He also was the founding president of the Ohio Automated Laundry Cleaning Council.
Delphos was an enthusiastic lifetime learner and immersed himself in each of several varied hobbies, including books and reading, world travel, model trains and giving tours of his recognizable “train building,” photography, meeting people, building up his various collections, playing (and winning) board and card games, golf, private pilot, coin collecting, HAM radio, genealogy and woodworking. He was generous and charitable and truly enjoyed getting to know as many people as he could. Delphos held a special affection for Ohio State football and was a devoted Buckeyes fan.
Delphos had a deep faith in God, immense love for his family, genuine and outright adoration for his wife, and enjoyed to the fullest the adventure of his life. He will be dearly missed.
Calling is from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield. The Rev. Doug Thompson officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the West Mansfield United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors conducted by the Logan County Honor Guard is in Greenlawn Cemetery, West Mansfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Mansfield United Methodist Church and the Joe & Pat Bates Scholarship Fund supported there.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.