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Jasper C. Goin Jr., a life-time resident of Dahlgren, passed from this life on March 16, 2016. Jasper was born on Jan. 16, 1930, one of the twin sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Jasper C. Goin Sr. His family included his parents, Jasper and Hannah (Hunter) Goin; sisters, Isabel Goin Collison, Juanita Goin Dailey, Clara Goin Houser and Eileen Goin; his brothers were twin Hunter Goin and John Sam Goin. John is the only remaining child of Jasper and Hannah Goin. He is survived by several nieces and nephews living in all areas of the nation. Jasper, known as “Jappy” to many of his family and local friends, was part of a large family that shared their life experiences and training to many in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. Jasper’s love for his family was beyond description. He married Gela Riley in 1969. Their son, Jasper David Goin, was born April 1972. In June 1993, he gained a daughter, Melissa (Rayborn) Goin. David and Melissa gave him the third joy of his life, Kaitlyn Marie, Emily Nicole and Lauren Danielle Goin. He was thankful daily for these, the greatest Earthly gift. Jasper accepted Christ as his Savior at age 16 and almost immediately began to show love and support to the children in his area. He trained and nurtured children from unfortunate situations and continued with this training until some had graduated college. At the age of 23, he organized the Little Egypt Christian Youth Camp and served as the director and teacher in the camp for 57 years. Literally thousands of children have attended day camp, overnight camp or Monday School and received the benefits of his intense and deep Bible knowledge. The Christian training that the camp has provided gave him immeasurable pleasure. Even in failing health, he continued to teach Bible class at the Belle Rive Church of Christ and to make plans for this summer’s camp activities. His Bible teachings were known for his in-depth knowledge of the Scriptures and for his interspersing of classic poetry to illustrate his point. Jasper’s mother was a firm believer in Christian education and she insisted they go to a Christian college; therefore, he spent two years at David Lipscomb Christian College and then transferred to the University of Illinois, graduating with high honors in business management and marketing. He continued his education at several colleges adding to his credentials in counseling/guidance and school administration. He then enlisted in the Air Force. He spent his time at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, where he did analysis and report writing for the commander of the base. Jasper led a very active life for others in that he served on innumerable agricultural and community committees, Hamilton County Unit 10 School Board, the Rend Lake College original steering committee, the Dahlgren Village Board for 56 years and served as mayor of Dahlgren as the longest-serving mayor to date. Jasper was also a recipient of the Edgar Satterfield Award. Many will remember his 30 years as a rural mail carrier giving candy to the children eagerly waiting at the mailbox. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Little Egypt Christian Youth Camp or Belle Rive Church of Christ Monday School program. Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, with burial at Dahlgren IOOF Cemetery.
Published on  March 24, 2016
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