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Husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa, Robert Monroe Goff, 88, of Lewisburg, died on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 28, 1928, in Lewisburg, a son of the late Monroe and Emma (Hendricks) Goff.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Helen (Goff) Prosseda and by his first wife, Phyllis (Dreese) Goff who died in 1990 and for whom he faithfully cared throughout her 17 year battle with MS. Bob was fortunate to find love a second time and married Anna "Lou" Reigle Goff with whom he shared the past 25 years. In addition to Lou, Bob is survived by a brother, Sherwood Goff, of Lewisburg, and by his children, Nicholas (Debra) Goff, of Williamsport, Timothy (Jacqueline) Goff, of Lewisburg, and Kathleen (William) Van Buskirk, of Livonia Center, N.Y.; stepchildren, Jeffrey (Beth) Reigle, of Lewisburg, Barbara (Thomas) Marshall, of Turbotville, and Kathy (Raymond) Fabo, of Fayetteville, N.C. His 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren were a tremendous and constant source of pride and enjoyment for him and he cherished their visits. Above all else, Bob was fiercely loyal and dedicated to his family and was a constant source of inspiration and encouragement .

Bob was a 1946 graduate of Lewisburg High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted, and was a veteran of the Army, serving in Korea. He graduated from Williamsport Technical Institute majoring in electronics technology.
Bob was truly a self-made man. After his father's premature death and at the age of 10, Bob went to work every day before and after school to help the family through the Great Depression. Shortly after graduation from WTI, he founded Bob Goff TV Sales and Service which he operated at 130 N. Fourth St., Lewisburg for 45 years. A few years later he and his friend and partner, the late Charles Jasiewicz, founded Valley Video CATV and they operated CATV systems in New Berlin, Penns Creek, Freeburg, and Weikert.
Bob loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman before his declining health prevented him from continuing. He and his brother were familiar faces along Penns and Pine Creeks and his laugh could be heard up and down the creek whenever he was nearby. His cottage, Robert's Roost on Penns Creek, was the site of countless family gatherings over the years and where his children and grandchildren learned their love of the outdoors.
Bob was a life-long member of St. John's United Church of Christ, and belonged to the Kratzer-Dull Post 182 American Legion.
Remember Bob for his love and devotion to family, his strength of spirit, his perseverance in the face of adversity, his wonderful sense of humor, his loyalty to his customers and friends, and for the happy memories that he has provided for so many who knew him. He is no longer bound by the body that could no longer keep up with his unwavering spirit.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1050 Buffalo Road, Lewisburg. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to St. John's United Church of Christ, Buffalo Road, Lewisburg or to The Public Library for Union County, Reitz Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Giorgini, the staff at Evangelical Hospital ICU and 3rd Floor Medical Unit, and the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village for their kindness and compassionate care.

Arrangements are being handled by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Published on  March 9, 2017
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