John William “Bill” Goff of St. Louis, Mo., passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 at Delmar Gardens West nursing home in Chesterfield, Mo.  He was 84.


John William “Bill” Goff of St. Louis, Mo., passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 at Delmar Gardens West nursing home in Chesterfield, Mo.  He was 84.
Bill Goff was born in Iron County, Mo., on April 8, 1925.  He was the only son to his parents: John Glen and Sybel (Thompson) Goff.  After Sybel’s death in 1927, Bill was raised and cared for by his grandmother, Emma Thompson, and his aunt Stella Thompson in the Wellston area of St. Louis.  Bill graduated from Soldan High School in 1943.
Bill’s professional career started as baseball player and coach for the Cardinals and Giants minor league organizations from 1943-1952.  He was a proud, lifetime member of the Association of Professional Ball Players of America (APBPA). 
For the next 30 years, Goff worked as an executive in the insurance industry which moved him to Birmingham, Ala., central Ohio, northern Illinois, southern California, and eventually back the St. Louis area.  
Always a sports enthusiast, he assisted with the initial development of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the first professional women’s softball association. Later in life, Goff worked as a small business consultant and retired to Scottsdale, Ariz.   In 2005, he inducted to the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bill Goff is survived by his seven sons: John Goff of Moodus, Conn., Bill Goff of Orange County, Calif., Jay Goff and wife Suzanne Vaughan of Rolla, Bart Goff and wife Christine of Creve Coeur, Mo., Andrew Goff of Chesterfield, Mo., Kenny Goff of Ballwin, Mo., and Tommy Goff of Ballwin, Mo.; four grandchildren: Mia and Vaughan Goff of Rolla, and Jolynn and John Goff of southern Calif.; his close cousin Jean Milborn and her husband Troy of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and extended members of the Thompson and Standly families.
Preceding Bill Goff in death are his parents: Sybel and Glen; his beloved grandmother Emma Thompson and cherished aunt Stella Thompson.
Bill chose to donate his remains to the Washington University Medical Center to assist with medical research and the search for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease.   His headstone will be placed next to his mother’s stone in Caledonia, Mo.
A private memorial for family and friends will held Oct. 4, 2009 in St. Louis County.
Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.stlouiscremation.com.
Memorials may be given to the Pathways Community Hospice of St. Louis, the Association of Professional Ball Players of America (APBPA), and the baseball scholarship fund at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. 
All arrangements are under the direction of St. Louis Cremation.