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July 22, 2019

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Michael Goings was a member of Bluffton University athletic hall of fame

Visitation Wednesday, funeral service Thursday

Michael L. Goings of Bluffton died Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.

Michael was born in Paulding, Ohio, on Dec. 8, 1942, the son of Raymond and Mary (Miles) Goings. Michael was the oldest of nine brothers and sisters. Stanley Goings (dec.), Dr. Kenneth (Eugene) Goings of Columbus, Steven Goings (dec.), Kathy (Eli) McDonald of Mansfield, Tracy Goings of Paulding, Judy Stevens of Clinton Ind., Carol Goings of Columbus, and Miles Goings of Paulding.

He graduated from Paulding High School in 1961 where he played football and ran track. He was an outstanding athletic and was inducted into the Paulding HS Hall of Fame. After graduation, Mike came to Bluffton College where he played football and led the nation in scoring with 22 touchdowns in 1962.

He was inducted into the Bluffton College Hall of Fame in 1992. At Bluffton College he met his wife Mary (Reinhart) Goings and they married in 1966. 

He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Stephannie Goings, Bethany Cunningham, Amanda (Jason) Neely and Michele Blubaugh, (their bonus child) all of Bluffton. 

Also surviving are 8 grandchildren Casandra Parish of Fostoria, Morgan (Brian) McCoy of Trenton, Ethan Huss of Ada, Evan (Olivia) Huss of Bluffton, Erin and Ella Cunningham of Bluffton and Steven and Samuel Neely of Bluffton and grandchildren Isabella Mendoza and Robin and Elinor Parish of Fostoria, and Michael and Harleigh McCoy of Trenton.

He worked for the Lima City School as a home school coordinator, a short stint at UPS and retired from J. M. Sealts Wholesale Grocery Co.

Services are at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Dr. Robert Hewitt officiating. Visitation will be from 2 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family who will give to various charities that they have chosen.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.