James V. Goar, Jr.

January 15, 2017

James Vernon Goar, Jr., 97, of Frankfort, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Indianapolis Heart Hospital. He was born in Kirklin, Indiana, on December 30, 1919, to James Vernon Goar, Sr. and Elma Rebecca (Parker) Goar, who preceded him in death.

Jim was a 1938 graduate of Frankfort High School, and attended Earlham College until December, 1941, when he left school, spent Christmas with his family, and then immediately enlisted in the armed forces. A Captain in the US Army Air Corps, he served 1943-1945 in the 392nd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force on a base at Wendling, England, Group Transportation Officer. After World War II, he returned to Earlham to finish his undergraduate degree in economics, and then earned an MBA at Harvard University.

Jim served the Frankfort community as a Realtor for 63 years, taking over in 1954 the business his father founded which later became Goar Associates. He was a member of the Clinton County Board of Realtors, the Indiana Board of Realtors, and the Frankfort Rotary Club, serving in various leadership capacities in those organizations, as well as the Frankfort Development Corporation. He was a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon, Trustee, and  Elder. In December, 2015, he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mike Pence for his long years of community service.

In his later years, Jim was President of the 392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association, and a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society.  In addition to his presidential duties, he edited the Group’s newsletter for many years.  Along with serving as reunion groups,  both groups are dedicated to preserving the memory of the contributions of World War II veterans, as well as extending that knowledge to later generations. Jim enjoyed attending reunions, catching up with old comrades and meeting new ones with whom he did not have the chance to serve.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, Georgia.

Visitation and Services

Visiting will be Friday, January 20, 2017 from 12 Noon-2 p.m. Friday with the services beginning at 2 p.m. at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton St., Frankfort. Private family entombment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Lebanon, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made to the 392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association. Checks should be made out to 392nd BGMA, and sent to Mrs. Annette Tison, 9107 Wood Pointe Way, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.

Survived by:

He is survived by his wife, Annabelle Garoffolo-Goar, his daughter, Debbie (Mike) Beigh, his son, Robert D. (Janet) Goar, both of Zionsville, two grandsons, Matthew (Megan) Goar, and Patrick Goar, both of Chicago, as well as several nieces and nephews, three step-sons, Gary Garoffolo of Lawton, OK, Tom (Lisa) Garoffolo of Lebanon and Andy (Leslie) Boggs of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, 5 step-grandchildren and 1 step-great granddaughter.

Preceded by:

four sisters: Louise Morton, Carolyn Keedy, Marian Christenson, and Esther Stanford.


Leave your Condolences

17 Condolences for “James V. Goar, Jr.”

  1. Shandel L. Wallsmith January 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss, I will always remember waiting on Mr. Goar at The Island.

  2. Sharon Lane January 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Our deepest sympathy. Mr. Goar was a great friend to our parents, Bob and Marilyn Lane. They served together while stationed in England and formed a life long friendship. His smile will be greatly missed.

    The Lane Daughters

  3. Ann Thayer Fletcher January 16, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    So sorry about your Dad, know you two were close.

  4. William January 17, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Jim was a great person and friend who was always there for you to help you with any questions or concerns about your house or rent. He will be missed by all.

  5. Sam Grove January 17, 2017 at 8:48 am


    Sorry to hear of JV’s passing. He lived a long full life. No matter the age we are never completely ready to let go. My thoughts are with you and the family.

  6. Charlene Heim January 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I very much respected Jim for his dedication and enthusiasm to his role at the Air Force Reunions. He lived a full life and leaves behind many wonderful memories for those he touched. God Speed to him and blessings to those he leaves behind.
    Char Heim
    Daughter of Lt. Charles Dye- 392 bomb group

  7. Bernard Smith January 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I will always remember Jim with only fond memories of all of our conversations throughout the years. Annabel, you and your family as well as the many of us have been blessed by his presence and life.
    Nearly twice my age he was but always wanted to talk and truly cared about what I or our family was doing. I considered him a vital part of my daily history lesson which took place as we ate lunch together.
    I really enjoyed him being there. His passion for life and people carried him into many lives I suspect.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and my hope is you find strength knowing Jim is at peace with his creator and those whom have gone before. I believe Jim’s life is one to be celebrated!

    God Bless all!

    Bernard Smith

  8. John & Grace Miller January 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Bob and Debbie, I have never met a finer gentleman. I enjoyed our many lunches, aided by his conversation. Especially loved his WWII stories, he is a true patriot…As a result I know more about military airplanes because of him……Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John & Grace Miller

  9. Ann Long January 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Dear Annabelle and family

    I remember the happy times my father, mother and myself spent with y’all at the 8th Air Force conventions in the states and Norwich. I have a wonderful picture of Mom, Jim and you in the hotel in Norwich. When I find it I will send you a copy. I know you will miss him. My thought and prayers are with you.
    Ann Long
    Daughter of J D and Emily Long

  10. Gina Sheets January 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I am sad to feel the emptiness of losing a good friend, a strong mentor, and an incredible man in my life. Jim Goar will always hold a special place in my heart. During my tenure with the Clinton County Chamber he gave me hundreds of hours of economic, life, and spiritual counseling, yes, I did type spiritual. Jim was a faithful man and compassionate. After I left the Chamber and began working for the State, he met at Wesley Manor or stayed after a Rotary member (when he got over women being allowed in the Club) and we would continue to talk development. When Travis and I left for the mission field Jim was teary eyed as he gave me a kiss and said “give them your best and come home safe”. Jim stay connected to me through email, sending me words of encouragement and strength; when I lost a close friend Jim wrote to me “… I feel like I heard you at her funeral” that is being a friend, to hear my words, only a friend can do that. Here are a few of my favorite quotes and life lessons from Jim, “You need to know when to tip your hat and leave” and “a man’s overcoat does not make the man” and “I did not think you were that stupid”, Jim was always honest. My favorite quote came from a note he wrote me when he gave me a book written by Samuel R. Guard, “Remember farming is the root of who we all are. Do great work and keep rooted.” Clinton County and our Nation, has stronger roots because of Jim Goar. Heaven celebrated when Jim came home. Thank you Jim, I am a better person because of you.

  11. Debby Bambauer January 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    The Bambauer family would like to express their sorrow to the Goar and Beigh families.
    I know that Gil and Jim shared the same passion for remembering their Wendling days.
    I feel blessed that I got to escort Miss Martha to the 392nd Reunions and meet Jim and others.

  12. Jean Mohr January 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Debbie, so sorry for the loss of your father. He contributed so much to our community and will be greatly missed.

  13. Pam Silverstone January 19, 2017 at 7:22 am

    So sorry we are unable to pay our respects in person. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Pam & Bruce Silverstone

  14. John and Connie Milholland January 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Bob and Debbie,
    We regret we cannot attend your father’s service as we are in Florida. He was a pillar of our community and lived a long and productive life. May years of wonderful memories of a life fully lived give you comfort and peace.

  15. Shan Sheridan January 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    What a gentleman and statesman! That is how I will always remember Jim Goar. It is with tremendous respect and gratitude for his service both to country and community that I send my condolences. We have lost yet another great champion of common sense and strong dialogue. Jim is always the guy in the meetings we look toward for wisdom and guidance. He has helped build the vibrant economic climate we enjoy today in Clinton County with his leadership and dedication in working toward the best possible solutions over the years for our economic growth. Sincere, kind and a passion to get the job done Jim Goar will be sorely missed. My heartfelt sympathy to Annabelle, Debbie, Robert and all of his family. My highest hope for us left to carry on is that we have learned well from this excellent example! Enjoy your eternal reward Mr. Goar!

  16. Mo and Mary Ann Morrison January 22, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    This is to extend our sympathy and condolences upon Jim’s death. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with Annabelle and her family and Jim’s family. When Jim was in Rotary, and we were observing Veterans Day, Jim had a tape of the sound of the bombers going down the runway and taking off from England, headed to Germany. The sound of the bombers left you with “goose-bumps”. Sincerely, Mo and Mary Ann Morrison

  17. Elizabeth Wall Spriggs January 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

    I was so fortunate to meet Mr. Goar at the 392 BG reunion in Nashville. He worked with my father Col James W. Wall at Wendling. He actually remembered my Dad and that meant so much to me. My father died in 1965 so never reached the age in which he might have shared his WW2 experiences. Mr. Goar welcomed me with open arms at the reunion and filled a void I’ve had since my Dad passed on so young. God bless his family. You have been truly fortunate to have had so much time with this honorable genuine man. It was such an honour to meet him.
    Thank you, Tina Wall Spriggs

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