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Jeffery Verne Goostrey

Jeff was born June 23, 1949 at Smith Place in Alma MI, the second son of Marjorie Jean (Parling) and Richard B. Goostrey.

Jeff was part of a large, loving family who will miss him dearly, brothers Don and Stephen (Arlene) Goostrey, sisters Nancy (John) Allen, Susan Goostrey (Tim Hutchinson) and Lisa Goostrey.  Jeff was loved by his many nieces and nephews: Morgan and Rich, Shawn and Rachel, Jordan, Jillian and Luke, Jeffrey and Ollivia, Sarah, Michael, Matthew and Brandi, Jenna and Josh, Lindsay and Ben, Corey, Haley and Adam, and Patrick and Katherine.  He was also loved by his adoring great-nieces and nephews, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Richard B. Goostrey, grandparents Verne and Cordie Parling and Morton and Dorothy Goostrey.

Jeff Graduated from Ithaca High School, Alma College and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.    

Jeff served as Vice-President of RBG, Inc. for 11 years. He loved the Ithaca Community, giving generously of his time over the years to the Ithaca Rotary Club, Gratiot Agriculture Society Fair, and most recently the Ithaca High School Turf Committee.  

Jeff was a quiet, gentle soul. He loved cars, golf, long walks, IHS Football, the Detroit Tigers, and watching MSU Men’s Basketball, and the Rosary High School Girls Basketball team of CA.  

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Ithaca Presbyterian Church.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service, and a luncheon will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jeff’s name may be made to Alma College, the Ithaca Community Food Pantry, and the IHS Turf Committee.   

The family is being served by the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca. Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (22)

I'm so very sorry for your family's loss. Love and prayers for all of you. Cathy Dame and Family
May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Dame
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. Your family gave me so many great memories while growing up.
May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarty Shuttleworth
I am sooo sorry to hear that we have lost Jeff! Love ❤️ him so much. I have thought of Jeff often, through the years. We shared a love of Community and Recording in via photographs. R.I.P. Dear Jeff. ❤️🙏
May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Kinney Smith
Jeff and I had several nice visits last summer a d fall. I was working on my house and he would stop by and visit on his evening walks. My prayers are with you all, I'm sorry for your loss.
May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Davis
Prayers & Sympathy for the Entire Goostrey Family
May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAllen & Edna Cook
Sorry for your loss,
May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda(Losee)Robbe
Jeff and were in the same class and went 13 years together, culminating in serving on the Growler staff at the same time. We called him Flash as he was staff photographer. He will be sorely missed, but leaves a wealth of memories for all who knew him as a kind and gentle soul.
May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia McLoughlin
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Jeff was such a great person. We were classmates at IHS and good friends ever since. Will miss the great visits we always had when we seen each other. May Our Loving God give you all comfort and strength in this time of loss. With all our prayers and sympathy. Will and Linda DeVuyst
May 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWill Devuyst
My best to your family. Jeff was a kind and caring man. He will be missed.
May the God of grace and peace comfort you all and give Jeff comfort and joy.
My heart is with my Ithaca family today as we share loving thoughts of Jeff. We had so much fun together together over the years. Blessing to all,

Love cousin, Linda
Nancy and family,
So sorry to hear of Jeff's passing, our thoughts are with you and your family.
Bob and Cathy Patterson
May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Patterson
Thinking of you especially, Nancy. Very tough to lose a brother. My condolences to you and your family.
May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJerri Vollbach
Prayers and thoughts to the Goostrey family.
May 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Riedel Bongard
Our deepest sympathy too all of the Goostrey family. We (Gearharts) lived across the road and were neighbors growing up. Jeff was always great to talk with and so helpful in the camera shop. You will all be in my prayers in the coming days ahead.
Goostrey family, I am so sorry for your loss. May Jeff Rest In Peace.
May 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Johnson Purdy
May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon and Debbie Bupp
I am so sorry for the families loss, Mr. Goostrey was a very nice man, and he took some pictures for my family as well as for others. May God be with you during this time of loss
I am so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. I went to school with him. He was a precious, loving, gentle soul. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
August 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Sanchez Davis
I am deeply sorry for your loss of Jeff. May the "God of all comfort" embrace you and bring to your minds joyful memories. All the best wishes for your family at this time, take care of each other.
August 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBabe Quintrall
Condolences to Jeff's family. I haven't seen Jeff since high school but have thought of him often. He was a warm and friendly person even in the turbulence of high school. I'm not surprised at all at the wonderful things he has done.
August 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Stark-Hunt
I’m so sad to see on FB of Jeff’s passing... he was one of the nicest classmates I had ..: bless his heart...
April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDeana lutz

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