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James E. Goggin

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Goggin, James E., 81, Johnstown, died December 2, 2018 at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.  Born February 27, 1937 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of James E. and Anna J. (Mergen) Goggin.  He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Mary Orbin; Evelyn Lech; Genevieve Dunk; Anna C. Miske; and Claire Filling; and brothers: Charles, Edward, and William Goggin; and infant grandson Charles Oliver Goggin. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Jean (Kerestesy) Goggin, to whom he was a devoted husband for 57 years.  He was the father of three beloved children who also survive him: David J. Goggin and his wife, Anne; Patrick M. Goggin and his wife, Kristy; and Susan A. Widlake and her husband, Patrick.  He was always a caring Dad and a doting Pap to his two grandsons, Mark Goggin and Brady Widlake, and step-grandchildren, Samantha Thomas and Zachary Thomas, and Morgan Van Hoose.  He is also survived by his sisters Rose (David) Michaels; Germaine Lavella; Leona Fetsko; Margaret Zolnosky; and Helene “Nikki” (Robert) Merritts; and brother-in-law, Paul F. Hammett. James graduated from Johnstown High School in 1957.  After graduating, he served in the 103rd Armor Battalion of the Pennsylvania National Guard.  James worked as a computer operator at the University of Pittsburgh before returning to his hometown and obtaining a position with the Bethlehem Steel Corporation.  He worked for Bethlehem Steel in Information Services for nearly thirty years.  Later he served as a driver for the American Red Cross and a security guard for DRS Laurel Technology. James was a hard-working, devoted family man, well-liked by friends, co-workers, and relatives alike.  He enjoyed nothing better than being in the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman his entire life.  He was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and he belonged to the St. Clair Tremont Trap & Field Club. He was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church. He will be deeply missed by the many people who knew and loved him, and by whose lives he touched in so many beneficial ways.  A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans & Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at

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