WINDER - Marlin Fredrick Goff, formerly of Baltimore, Md. and Chillicothe, Ohio, passed from this life to his eternal home on Monday, October 29, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Marlin’s life began December 14, 1935, in New Holland, Ohio, the son of Monte Freeland Cho Goff and Gelina Mae Dozer Goff. His early life was a struggle as his mother and brother died early. He was raised in a rural family and worked various odd jobs, including oil field service, mechanic, and a race car driver.
He married his wife of 51 years, Marcella Louise Huffman Goff on February 4, 1956 in Richmond, Ind. They lived in Chillicothe, Ohio where they started their family. She predeceased him.
Marlin was an industrious and hardworking man with a winsome wit. He worked for Western Electric as a cable installer and was promoted to estimator for AT & T and moved to Baltimore. While living there, Marlin was active in the International Optimist Club and became a district commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a proud member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
A subsequent promotion brought him to Atlanta, where Marlin was instrumental in establishing the foundations of cable, telephone and data transmission. After his retirement, he began a new career as tax preparer for H & R Block for 19 years. He is well known in his community as a loving and sincere man who always tried to help others.
Survivors include a son, Fredrick Goff and his wife, Ralene, Old Saybrook, Conn.; daughter, Angela Sue Boatright and her husband, Allen, Snellville; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 31, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with Linwood Smith officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A private burial will be in Allensville, Ohio.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.