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American Legion Auxiliary No. 47

Jan 26, 2017


Members of American Legion Auxiliary No. 47 met recently at the VFW Hall, with progress on fund raising to bring The Wall that Heals into Fairfield being primary on the agenda.

Roger Frakes and Gene Stine were guests present.

President Linda Stine opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Auxiliary Preamble.

Gene Stine shared his extensive efforts and contacts to help the auxiliary raise the $7,000 needed to bring The Wall that Heals to Fairfield. As a result of his efforts, donations in various amounts have been made by: Fairfield Eagles Auxiliary, Behner Funeral Home, Fairfield Tire & Service, Birmingham Fire Department, Sears Hometown Store in Fairfield, Holt Family Dental Care, Jack Raymond, Monte Humble at Fesler Auto Mall, Birmingham Lions Club, Fairfield Shrine Club and Gamrath-Doyle & Associates. He also received item donations from Orscheln Farm & Home, with promises from others.

Efforts of Roger Frakes, Linda Hendricks, Shirley Kitch and Darlene Vorhies have brought donations from: Bob McNew, Doug Balderson, John and Sue Robinson, Warren Winborn, Sharon Stanley, Dickey Transport, Larry Unkrich, Julie Johnston, Connie Estle, Connie and Glenn Ferrell, Jeff Small, Dean and Bernita Pettit, Teresa Mottet, Leland Morton, David Miller Law Offices, Judith Yeager, Angela Addis and Iowa Tires Sales Company.

Linda Hendricks offered to coordinate a soup supper in early April and possible silent auction to help raise funds.

Letters have been dropped off or mailed to potential donors. An update of further donations will follow the March 15 meeting.

Anyone with questions about The Wall that Heals can call Linda Hendricks at 472-6188 or Darlene Vorhies at 472-4449.

Treasurer Shirley Kitch indicated money has been sent to reserve a spot for a Fairfield High School junior for Girls State in June, following an on-line form completed by Darlene Vorhies. Money also has been sent for needs of veterans at the VA Hospital in Iowa City.

Darlene Vorhies contacted the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight group and learned that 2017 Honor Flights are scheduled for April 25, May 23, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. Dan Callahan, commander of the Fairfield Veterans of Foreign Wars, indicated he was signed up for an Honor Flight, but has not yet been notified as to which one.

The next meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 47 will be at at 1 p.m. March 15 in the VFW Hall


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By David Hotle | Feb 03, 2017

COLUMBUS JUNCTION — A man who had been reported missing earlier this week has been found dead, the Columbus Junction Police Department reported this morning.

According to a press release from the department, at about 7:40 a.m. Thursday, the Louisa County Sheriff’s office received a report from a subject who had found a body under Monkey Run Bridge on Second Street. The body was identified as Aaron Joseph Goff, who was reported missing on Jan. 30. The release said that he had injuries consistent with a suicide.

Officers from the Columbus Junction Police Department, Louisa County Sheriff’s office, and the Washington/Louisa medical examiner’s office responded. The body was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for an autopsy.

According to Kelsey Goff – Aaron Goff’s wife — Facebook page, a gofundme site has been set up to assist the family with expenses related to the death. This morning over $2,300 of the $5,000 goal had been raised in 13 hours. The site said, “Aaron was an Army Ranger vet, a husband, a father to two beautiful daughters and a great friend to many.”

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Riverside Public Cemetery with full military honors. Following the services at the cemetery, a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Riverside V.F.W. Post 6414. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Columbus Junction. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.


Goff was born Jan. 11, 1983, in Iowa City, the son of Steven and Lora (Irving) Goff. He attended WACO High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a Ranger in the 1st Ranger Battalion. He attained the rank of sergeant and was the team leader of the 75th Ranger’s Regiment. On Sept. 18, 2010, he married Kelsey Spears in Riverside.

He worked at Tysons for nine years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and was an avid Hawkeye football and wrestling fan. Most of all, he dearly loved to spend time with his family, especially his two girls.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Payton and Makenzie Goff; his mother, Lora Irving of North Liberty; his father, Steven Goff, of Custer, Kentucky; maternal grandmother, V. Joyce Irving of Columbus Junction; brothers, Edward Goff of Fairfield and Steven Goff Jr. of Indiana; his mother-in-law, Laura Gadola and husband Tony; brother-in-law Garrett Gadola; and several aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather, Edward Erving; one sister, Lori Gossett; and a brother-in-law, Kemper Spears.

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