James R. Goffner, 78, of Vincennes passed away Friday morning June 17, 2011 at Bridgepoint Health Campus. He was born in Vincennes and joined the U. S. Army at the age of 16. He spent 27 years of service during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He served in the special forces and received numerous metals and comendations for his service. He was a teacher for the ROTC program in Gary, Indiana. He worked for 10 years at Crane Naval Amunitions, later for the Salvation Army in Indianapolis and was in maintenance at Vincennes University.
He leaves behind his wife, Leona (Green) Goffner whom he married December 2, 1960, a daughter, Crystal Goffner-Campbell of Vincennes, his mother, Lucille Neighbors of Vincennes, a sister Erma Vance of Lawrenceville, IL a very special grandson, James Campbell and a host of nieces and nephews. Jim was preceeded in death by 2 sons, Stephen Goffner in 2004 and Terry Goffner in 2008 and 2 sisters, Euretta and Wanda Neighbors.
Memorial services will be held Monday June 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home 505 Main Street with the Rev. Ron Fellows officiating. Military honors will be held by the All Weather Firing Squad following the service. Friends may visit and share memories of Jim with the family from 4:00 p.m. until the service time at the funeral home Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.