Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Robert P. Goll, 60, K-9 officer, park ranger, private investigator

Robert Philip Goll, 60, whose 25-year career in law enforcement and detective work in the 1980s and '90s included stints as a K-9 officer, park ranger and private investigator, died July 5, 2009.

During his years with the police department in Vermilion, Ohio, Goll became Vermilion's first K-9 officer.

He also worked with the security department at St. Joseph Hospital in Lorain, Ohio, and as a private investigator in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as a ranger with Lorain County Metro Parks from 1993 to 1998.

Goll often held two jobs at the same time.

He was born in Amherst, Ohio, where he graduated from Marion L. Steele High School with the class of 1967. He lived in Lorain for more than 30 years.

During the Vietnam War, Goll served in the Navy aboard the USS Eldorado, an amphibious force command ship, and the USS Mars, a combat supply ship.

He belonged to Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1662, Amherst Blue Knights Ohio Chapter II Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, and St. Peter United Church of Christ in Amherst.

Goll was assistant property manager of the Lorain County YMCA and taught home maintenance skills for Cleveland Vocational Guidance Service.

His first wife, Adelina, died in 1986 after 13 years of marriage.

Goll is survived by his second wife, Janet Lynn; daughters, Girlieann Holler-Goll of Long Island, N.Y., Elizabeth "Beth" Goll and Kimberly Pride (husband Terrence), both of Lorain, and Diana Goll of Elyria, Ohio; and grandchildren, Mac Whitfield, Alexis Goll, Scott Ethington, Jr., Aiden Pride, and Antonio Pride.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2009.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1662, 165 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, OH 44001.

This obituary was posted originally on ObitsOhio.com on July 7, 2009.

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