Jerry Goebel, aged 71, passed away peacefully after his battle with cancer, on April 24th, surrounded by his Janabee and girls. He was born on September 14, 1945 in Chillicothe, Ohio – the youngest of four sons born to Leora and Ernie Goebel. He graduated from Ohio State University where he founded the Insurance Club, served his country with a tour in Vietnam, and dedicated his career to Nationwide Insurance where he continued to advance with professional certifications and awards and retired as Vice President. In 1967, Jerry married his high-school sweetheart, Janet Miller, and together they moved eight times, creating homes and building lifelong friendships in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. During most of that time, he kept a keg of Miller Lite in the garage in his hand-made beer fridge, with his (rather large) mugs ever ready for his “partners”. He was beloved; he listened and guided and seldom judged. He loved to fish and hunt, golf, cook on his Green Egg and watch his Buckeyes play. A closet intellectual and historian, Jerry was an avid reader. (He could quote from the Bible and Odysseus but seldom did; in fact, he preferred telling his corny jokes.) He worked hard, cultivated friend groups, adored and cared for his family. Known for his every present smile and optimism, he was apt to point out that we all have the same amount of time each day, it’s how we use it. Jer Bear used his time and gifts wisely. Jerry was the last of the Goebel Four – preceded in death by his three brothers, Mike, Tim, Pat and his “partners” who have gone before. He is survived by: his wife, Janet, three daughters (Stephanie, Nikki, and Kelli) and their husbands (Bryan, Shawn, and John), eight grand-children (Rebecca, Harrison, Connor, Ryan, Kevin, Cooper, Sarah, and Matthew), and many, many “partners”. The service will be held at Cannon United Methodist Church on May 6, at 4pm; followed by a celebration at their home. In lieu of flowers, please raise a glass and toast him. As Jerry would say, “your friendship is enough.” But if you insist, please consider a donation to American Cancer Society, Ducks Unlimited or the NRA.

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  1. We were very saddened to learn of Jerry’s passing. We got to know him at Pat and Dorothy’s gatherings at the farm. He was a fun-loving person who always enjoyed having a good time. May he rest in peace and may God bless you all at this time of sorrow.

  2. Sorry for the lost of your dear loved one. Surely he will be missed. Please find comfort in reading God’s word and promises. John 5:28,29

  3. With deepest sympathy for your loss. My prayers for the family. Virginia (Mac Farland) Montgomery

  4. With deepest sympathy for all the family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Doug and Sarah (Schachne) Smith,

  5. Jerry will be missed. He was a wonderful man and an even better friend and hunting buddy. My condolences go out to your family.

  6. Jerry was my “go to” hunting and fishing pardner for more than twenty years. I will miss the weekly phone conversations, planning the next fishing trip, and most of all his laughter. He was a great guy and his friends & neighbors new him as a good man. May the family be blessed knowing that he was a blessing to so many friends.

  7. A real friend who would let you down. Always treated you special. He will be missed by all.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  8. It’s sad to see another of our classmates (CHS 1963) pass away. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

  9. Janet and family, my deepest sympathies on the passing of Jerry. I always remember his smile. Sending love and hugs to all. Karen Dowler

  10. Stephanie, Bryan & family,
    Our prayers are with you all. So sorry for your loss of a dad, granddad & friend

  11. Stefanie, Bryan, Connor and Harrison,
    Our most sincere sympathies. We are sorry for your loss and wish you peace. The Huyghes

  12. Sincere condolences to Family and loved ones, at the passing of our dear classmate JERRY (Chillicothe High School 1963).
    As AFS-student from Belgium I remember Jerry as a fine, warm and lively personality. He will be missed.
    May his soul rest in peace now.
    Goedele C.F.M. Vermeir (marr. Mensen)
    AFS CHS 1962-‘63

  13. We are deeply saddened to have just learned of Mr. Jerry’s passing. He was our next door neighbor and had the most kind & loving spirit. Our heartfelt condolences & prayers to you Mrs. Janet & family.

    From the time I moved into the neighborhood 5 yrs ago, he embraced my family & always expressed how happy he was to have us as neighbors. Often times we would get a surprise ring of the doorbell and it would be him standing there with a big smile and a fresh bag of apples from the orchard.. or his homemade cookies that my children absolutely loved.

    There was never an encounter with him where he didn’t share love, wisdom & encouragement. He was a special man & will truly be missed. May God continue to bless and strengthen your family thru this tough time.

    If we can assist in any way, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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