Ollie "Joe" V. Goa, 83 of Temperance, MI, passed away, Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, at Ebeid Hospice Residence. Born August 12th, 1934, in Boulder, Colorado, he was the son of Ollie and Vera (Osler) Goa. Joe was a four sport letterman in high school. He was an all conference defensive tackle and shot-putter at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He boxed for twelve years and was the Midwest Heavy Weight champion in 1954, holding numerous Golden Glove titles. He was the 4th Marine champion & runner up in the Inter-Service Tournament of the Pacific. Joe was a one-time professional boxer. He also attended Northwestern University at Alva. Joe served in the 134 Infantry N.G. & also the USMC, 4th Marines. He was employed at Monroe Auto Equipment (Tenneco) for 36 years, retiring in 1996. There, he served as Quality Control Manager, Assistant Plant Manager and later as O.E.M. Sale Manager and Head of Engineering. Joe met his wife Linda Young at The University of Nebraska at Kearney and later married on August 26th, 1960. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 192, Temperance and the Southern Michigan Sportsman's Club. Joe enjoyed all sports, working in his yard, coaching 3-B Baseball, basketball, football, but most of all, spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Linda; children, Pamela (Nathaniel) Valley; Kimberly (Kirk Bousonville) Goa, and Grady (Kara) Goa; grandchildren, Lauren, Jacob, Grady, Emerson, Cooper, and Gunnar. Joe was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Ralph, William & Raymond Goa; 4 sisters, Bernice Kupp, Catherine Lee, Charlotte Bond and Molly Goa.
Visitation was Friday, June 29th, 2018, at the Michael W. Pawlak Funeral Home, 1640 Smith Rd. (at Jackman) Temperance, MI, where funeral services followed at 1:00 pm. Interment followed at Bedford Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.pawlakfuneralhome.com